Hurry Up!

“For He says: In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  2nd Corinthians 6:2


“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk decently, as in the day, not in carousings and drunkenness, not in cohabitation and licentiousness, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”  Romans 13:11-14


The other day I had to travel across the state to take a required training class.  On my way there was a church with a sign that included ‘hurry up’.  Indeed!  How much longer do we have as a society, before Jesus appears?  How much longer do you have?


“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you sorrow not as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.  For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shouted command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together at the same time with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.”  1st Thessalonians 4:13-18


Our society continues on with the ‘new’ normal.  There was a grasshopper plaque in Las Vegas, Nevada and despite the fact that it happens from time to time and might have been slightly more severe than in past occurrences, there were those calling it a plaque of biblical proportions.  Is it really a ‘sign’ of the times, as some say?  Well there are certainly a lot of prophecy that has been fulfilled, which would be indication that we are living in the last days, such as the apostasy taking place now (2 Tim. 4:2-4), but let’s take a quick look at a real plaque of biblical proportions. 


“And Jehovah said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, in order to perform these signs of Mine among them, and that you may recount in the ears of your son and your son’s son how I have dealt ruthlessly in Egypt, and My signs which I have brought to pass among them, that you have come to know that I am Jehovah.  And Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh and said to him, Thus says Jehovah the God of the Hebrews: How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me.  Or else, if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.  And they shall cover the face of the earth, so that no one will be able to see the land; and they shall eat the rest of what is left, which remains to you from the hail, and they shall eat every tree which grows up for you out of the field.  And they shall fill your houses, the houses of all your servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither your fathers nor your fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were on the earth to this day. And he turned and went out from Pharaoh.  And Pharaoh’s servants said to him, How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve Jehovah their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt has vanished?  And Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh, and he said to them, Go, serve Jehovah your God. Who are the ones going?  And Moses said, We will go with our young and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we will go, for it is a feast unto Jehovah.  And he said to them, Jehovah be with you if ever I let you and your little ones go! Consider, for evil is before you!  Not so! Go now, you who are men, and serve Jehovah, for that is what you desired. And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.  And Jehovah said to Moses, Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come upon the land of Egypt, and eat every plant of the land; all that the hail has left.  And Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and Jehovah brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.  And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt and rested on all the territory of Egypt. Exceedingly numerous; previously there had been no such locusts as they, nor shall there be such after them.  For they covered the eye of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they ate every plant of the land and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left. So there remained nothing green on the trees or on the plants of the field throughout all the land of Egypt.  And Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron in haste, and said, I have sinned against Jehovah your God and against you.  Now therefore, please forgive my sin only this once, and entreat Jehovah your God, that He may take away from me this death only.  And he went out from Pharaoh and entreated Jehovah.  And Jehovah turned a very strong wind from the west, which took the locusts away and blew them into the Red Sea. There remained not one locust in all the territory of Egypt.”  Exodus 10:1-19


So, once again, there are those who see such things, as well as many other failings that we have across this country, which to me would simply state that our nation, who has forgotten God, needs to repent (as discussed in a previous article), but they are more geared towards getting prepared.  Preparation isn’t necessary a bad thing in our ever-changing-for-the-worst society.


There are those who are calling for gun control, there are those who are stating that we are heading towards civil war.  Our cities are full of violence.  The numbers of income verses expenses simply don’t make sense for a lot of people anymore.  There are wildfires, earthquakes, massive flooding, severe storms and what seems to be a ton more of it than in decades past.  There are many good reasons that someone would be wise to have a little bit of money, a gun or some food on hand, if they can afford it, yet what about the real solution?


These same people who often push to prepare…prepare…prepare and will even point to legitimate examples of the wealthy elite who are buying bunkers, islands, bug-out houses, etc., do so for what reason?  Well the reason is they believe a time is coming that things will be bad and those who haven’t prepare will become victims of whatever it is that brings such a thing to the end.  How about and hurry up to make sure your eternal destination is secure in Jesus Christ? 


In a previous article I had mentioned how one could be prepped out and have everything and then even if it was a worse case scenario and they managed to escape whomever was trying to take their survival goods, what value would it be as they still age and eventually die?  They might have beat man’s system, but they didn’t repent of their sin and by faith believe into Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as their Lord and Savior.  They still refused to believe the Gospel, that their very Creator made readily available to them as well.


“And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”  Mark 16:15 


They might of hurried up and been prepped out, they might have outsmarted whatever they believed would come their way, but in the end, they might as well have done nothing.  We live in troubling times, certainly one can easily see how the Antichrist could rise under the current conditions that are prevalent, not just in the United States, but throughout the entire world.


There is a massive debt bubble across much of the world, so much, it is believable that when it crashes, one would rise to fix it (Rev. 13:16-17).  A peace treaty with Israel, the peace treaty that is prophesized (Dan. 9:27), could be coming sooner than later.  Yet, even with that knowledge, what is the solution, to prep one up, to blow the whistle on the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7), better known as the Tribulation or is it to hurry up and come to Christ BEFORE it is too late?!


So much is going on nowadays, the world truly is drifting into chaos.


“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and did not realize until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Then two will be in the field: one is taken and the other is left.  Two will be grinding at the mill: one is taken and the other is left.  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord comes.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief comes, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be dug through.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man comes at an hour you do not expect.”  Matthew 24:37-44


North Korea is once again test firing missiles and we are told to not worry about it.  The corporate debt ratio is so out of control, as well as personal debt held by citizens of many different countries.  There are housing bubbles, rent bubbles and a lack of jobs to pay sufficiently to be able to reasonably afford such cost increases.  In fact, in many areas around the country, it is impossible to build brand new apartment communities, due to the fact that the construction cost outweighs the amount they can reasonable be rented for!


China and the United States are going back and forth on a trade war.  One can have differing opinions, but as history has often shown, wars can start with less than that.  There is at current a major uprising in Hong Kong, as well as our current very poor relationship with Russia.  Iran is at the forefront for another possible Middle Eastern war, and the last time I checked, all across this once great land, there are houses in every single city that has seen better days and would require a ton of money to get them back up to par. 


Our wealth has disappeared and no one has seen it.  We live in the midst of a society that is literally crumbling before our very eyes.  Yet, one wouldn’t know it as the party continues, the moral degrading of our society becomes more and more prevalent.  The blaspheming ‘church’ services from the so-called pulpits, or rather stages, of churches all across this country, lead people astray and away from the Truth. 


“And in that day Jehovah of Hosts called for weeping and mourning, and for baldness, and for girding with sackcloth.  But behold, joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine, saying, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”  Isaiah 22:12-13


“For the leaders of this people lead them astray; and those who are led by them are swallowed up.”  Isaiah 9:16


While we could have a revival in this country, certainly the conditions are right, the stage is set for something to eventually happen, whenever that might be.  You, dear reader, would be wise to hurry up to repent and believe the Gospel, before it is too late.  For that time will certainly come and then, what will you do?


“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”  Jeremiah 8:20