Friday, January 3, 2014


The very first television show I can remember seeing, began with the words, "Hey kids, what time is it?"  The "Peanut Gallery," that is, the studio audience mostly made up of pre-teen kids, would reply, "It's Howdy Doody Time."  Buffalo Bob, Clarabell, Dilly Dolly, Flub-a-Dub, Phineas T. Bluster, and the rest of the show's characters, entertained while teaching good Christian morals. 

Today, I would like to ask you, "What time do you think it is?"  According to the Mayans, St. Malachy, Nostradamus, and hundreds of other "prophets," the end of the world, as we know it, could occur at any moment.  Ironically, for perhaps the only time in human history, the false prophets may actually be right.  All the signs are there; the Bible describes, in detail, what the world will be like when Jesus returns.  Bible prophecies, such as those of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, the teaching of Jesus, and the vision of the Apostle John, etc., pretty much describe the world as being like it was when God destroyed it the first time (Gen. 6:5-13; Mt. 24:37-38; etc.).  The Bible speaks of appointed times (Ezra 10:14; Job 7:1; Isa. 14:31; Jer. 8:7, etc.) and the "fullness of time" (Mk. 13:33; Lk. 9:51; Gal. 4:4; Eph. 1:10, etc.).  It also tells us that things occur "in due season" (Lev. 26:4; Prov. 15:23; Gal 6:9; etc.).  Here is what Solomon wrote about time in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
Jesus told us that He would return "as a thief in the night," meaning when the lost least expect Him (Mt. 24:42-44; 1 Thes. 5:2; 2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 3:3; 16:15; etc.).  His first Advent was right on schedule; He died on the Feast of Passover (1 Cor. 5:7), and rose on the Feast of First Fruits (1 Cor. 15:22); His second Advent will also be on the Feasts of the Lord (Rapture - the Feast of Trumpets - 1 Thes. 4:16; Millennial Kingdom - the Feast of Tabernacles - Rev. 19:11-20:9)! 
What time is it?  Today is the day of salvation!  Look up...your Redeemer is coming! 


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