The Signs of the Times…

I don’t know about you, but I regularly get notifications about weather on my smartphone that are accurate about coming storms within minutes of their arrival!  It’s incredible what technology has been able to accomplish and predict about the weather!  If people are not careful, however, what science and technology can accomplish becomes a “god” … Do you recognize this phrase at all? … “We follow science!”

Yet there are other “signs” – important ones, critical ones – that are completely ignored!

Jesus – the Messiah, the Son of God – addressed that issue!  I read the account of it in the Bible this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord!” 

Jesus addressed the religious leaders of His time who approached him skeptically”… “The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.  He answered and said to them, ‘When it is evening you say, It will be fair weather, for the sky is red; and in the morning, It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.  Hypocrites!  You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times!  A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah’” (From Mattew 16:1-5)  (Cp. Matthew 12:38-40 where Jesus indicates His resurrection would be a sign even greater to His age than Jonah’s miraculous deliverance from death – Jonah 2).

Listen, technology and science may help predict a coming storm, but God is the one who understands the “signs of the times” – the “last days” – and the approaching end of time.  Yet many scorn the signs God has given in Scripture, and seek simply weak, ill-advised, human solutions to the moral and spiritual problems of our world.  Let me tell you, I’ll take God’s analysis of “the coming storm” over human strategies to deal with them any time (cp. 2 Peter 3:1-15a for example)!  The Almighty, Creator God of heaven and earth, knows what He is doing – not mere human ingenuity!  He knows “the end from the beginning!”  

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