Did You See That Sign?

Both Haditha and Mosul Dams are probably not well known. They may be a blurb that quickly turns to more interesting subjects. Yet these two dams have been the places most protected by U.S. airstrikes against ISIS and rogue factions in recent weeks. These waters represent two of the four rivers that flowed in the Garden of Eden: The Euphrates and Tigris Rivers.

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They are located in Iraq which is the fertile crescent; the cradle of civilization, and it is not by coincidence that the world is focused there. U.S. interest may be oil but, without a flowing water, oil recovery is severely limited, i.e., whoever controls the water controls the production. Rev 16:12  And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.  Russia and China represent the kings of the east.  My point here is simple: We are watching the last days unfold right before our eyes.  While basking in Americanism: sports, entertainment, careers; there is an end of time emerging in plain view.  While we can find other spiritual parallels, these are real events that show us the coming of The Lord. I pray that we are not so enamored with this life that we no longer look for Heaven.  I hope that we are not so internally focused that we miss the signs of the times. We must not be entangled with the cares of this life that we fail to witness the movements of God in the world. Jesus said to watch and pray.  It is a command to the Church and it speaks to our day. We are living out the pages of scripture and it demands our sober attention to make our calling and election sure.

Ambiguity: The Father of Doubt

Ambiguity.  In a single word, and not to minimize the gravity of the matter, this generation is most characterized by ambiguity: they do not know who they are.  It should be no wonder after years of teachers and public leaders whitewashing absolutes and promoting situational ethics that people live with a vague sense of their purpose.  Both youth and adults are struggling to know their purpose on earth.

The false idea of “being your own person” is a path of great uncertainty.  That path has led to a massive moral decline.  It is devoid of truth; has no footing and offers noconfidence.  The only identification for mankind comes through adherence to the Scripture and the Spirit. I am pressing you about this subjectbecause we come to this House of Worship after week-long inundation of corrupt media (TV, Internet, movies) and then wonder why our families; children and marriages are floundering.  The Church services and ministries cannot combat a daily dose of vain philosophies, immoral depictions, and godless promotions.  It’s time to gain control of the message.  If there was ever a time to promote Holiness, now is the time.  If there was ever a time to have a sit-down with the family and set the precedent of godly devotion, intentional Bible reading, and prayer, NOW is the time!  If we do not get serious about our walk with God, we too will be left in obscurity.  Doubt rises from Ambiguity.  Faithlessness bleeds into worldly experiments and leaves lifelong scars.  I offer you this word from Paul: Rom 13:11  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.