Today is Monday, August 26, 2019. I am happy to report we had another wonderful downpour of rain early Sunday morning again watering our thirsting grass and trees. The rain was accompanied by heavy-duty lightning followed by loud claps and rumbling thunder. The temperature was reduced a bit and the evening was much more comfortable. As I write these words I don’t expect any more rain for today but I report this with a grateful heart for what the Lord provided.
I enjoyed two slices of delicious watermelon that would rival any I recall from my beloved Georgia (and most of you know how fond I am of Georgia watermelon). Now for a look at today’s Word: “”Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35. There is nothing more precious to a child of God than the blessed holy and inspired Word of God. It is eternal in its origin and breathed out of the mouth of God in its essence. This powerful Word is settled in the heavens and can not be displaced by mortals nor Satanic assault. Jesus, Himself, is said to be the very Word of God. He has died once for the sins of all mankind and He will never die again. He is eternal so is His Word and you cannot separate the Two. It is all too easy for us to think this earth upon which we walk and live will last forever. But it is not so. This earth is temporal at best and is on a collision course with God’s eternal purpose. The world was created by Jesus, the great Creator. He spoke it into existence. He created the first man and woman and from them, He has populated this earth which has grown to almost 8 billion humans.
Sadly, most of these will not be in Heaven. What does the Holy Word say? “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14. Most people alive on the earth today have little or no interest in Heaven and no fear of Hell. Sadly, too many Christians seem to be creating wealth and substance as if they expect the earth to last forever and that their seed shall inherit what they gain.
While the preaching of the Gospel is foolishness to the world it, sadly, seems to be foolish preaching to the Christians, too. When the subject of the Rapture of the Church is preached few heed it as being factual and seem to regard it as an old wives’ tale if they give any serious thought to it at all. Too many saints look on the rapture like the people of Noah’s day as he preached the truth of the coming judgment and that God was going to make a way for the righteous to escape the damnation. Only seven humans were spared. I think the duration from the first announcement until the great ark was completed may have been 120 years. Noah is reported in the Scriptures as a preacher of righteousness. Many of the notable righteous died before the ark was completed. I have no doubt that the majority of the men and women who knew of Noah’s preaching and his family’s work in building that large boat laughed at him. Then one day some must have observed all those animals being herded into the wooden vessel. That must have been a sight and fueled no small amount of chatter around the dinner tables of the community. Then one day it was noticed the door was shut and sealed from the outside. That must have added a layer of puzzling conversation.
And then…AND THEN IT BEGAN TO RAIN! It had never rained before. Then the springs erupted from the earth gushing with more water to add to what was falling. And soon the water was filling the countryside and eventually rose to the base of the boat. I am sure a crowd soon reached the outside of the ark and beat on that big, sealed, door. But Noah had no power nor did his three sons have the power to open that door. The flood Noah had predicted was upon them and soon all who were panicking outside drowned in the floodwaters. That judgment was foretold by Noah. The people had 120 years to prepare for it. But they laughed and went about their daily routine.
The whole world was destroyed by water. You would think that devastation would have impacted the collective memory of the population that would grow from Noah’s family and the people would become holy and devout followers of God and His Word. But such was not the case. There must be several thousand men like Noah warning this generation that the Rapture of the Church is near. But do you see any rush to embrace holiness and fill our churches with people who are hungering for the Word of God? If anything we see a world rushing further and further away from God. In our country, you see the great number of men and women who are running for president pointing far away from Heaven and offering no prophetic word of danger approaching. God does not play. As He did in Noah’s day He is preparing to do in our day. The only sign you will see or hear will be the Trumpet sound and the dead in Christ being raised from the grave. That event will be so fast that if you blink your eye you will miss it. Just as fast the Christians who are still alive will be changed in that same blink and they too will disappear. Your only warning is the Word of God. What does it say?
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
No one will have an excuse for missing this great escape–the Rapture of the Church–the catching out of the earth those who have accepted and believed in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and who have trusted in His bodily resurrection.
The time for unbelievers to repent is now. What does the Scripture say about getting ready? “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” 2 Corinthians 6:2.
No other warning is coming. You have the full weight of past prophecy having been fulfilled in the life and action of Noah and his family. You have the powerful preaching and teaching and testimony of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, and the voices of all the other apostles each confirming this great event that is coming. And you have our Text Post for today:
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35