In the same day an asteroid passed near the earth, a meteor hit Russia, another hit Cuba, and one passed over San Francisco Bay. Is God trying to tell us something? He already told us there is a huge space object on the way, burning and big as a mountain (Book of Revelation chapter 8 verse 8). That asteroid will not miss.
Time to get yourselves ready to go, folks! For anyone who studies Bible prophecy, the message is so clear: time is extremely short. Jesus Christ is coming back, as He promised, for His people. Then this world is going to be judged; God will pour out His wrath on the world which has rejected His Son.
The big asteroid now heading straight for us, undetected as yet by science, is one of the seven trumpet judgements. It is number two. It follows the terrible rain of hail, fire and blood which is the first trumpet judgement and which burns up one-third of the earth. The asteroid hits the sea and one-third of the sea creatures die, plus one-third of the ships are destroyed.
Talk about a 'hard rain coming'! And those are only two of the judgements. It gets worse.
You don't want to be here when that hard rain falls! We've had a little taster in the Russian meteor. Not nice. When God really starts throwing rocks, I want to be long gone.
Some of you might say...I don't want a God who throws rocks at us...
If you feel like that, you do not know our loving, kind, merciful, slow-to-anger Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has provided a way we CAN know Him as Father, and that way is through accepting the sacrifice of His only Son, Jesus Christ, on Calvary's cross. Jesus took the penalty of all sins of everyone who will trust in Him.
He is the way (to Heaven), the truth, and the life (eternal life which you can have), John 14.
You do not have to be here when the burning mountain hits earth. That is part of God's wrath, His holy anger at our rebellion and wickedness of all sorts. He does not want anyone to perish, but to have eternal life with Him, enjoying all the pleasures He has planned for those who love Him. His will is that everybody comes to faith. Our tragedy is that we do not want His will; we do not want Jesus in our lives; we want to do our own will. God allows us to choose.
Choose today, dear friends, who YOU will serve. Yourself? Keep on in the world's way, struggling on, getting older, not achieving the things you long for. If you don't have God in your life, your highest hope is that when you die there is nothing. Nothing. But there IS something. The Bible tells us: it is for man to die once (no reincarnation), and then the judgement.
The judgement, folks! What will you be judged on? What is the basis of God's judgement?
- 'Well, I am a good person.' But Jesus said says no one was good except God (and of course He Himself WAS God).
- 'Well, I wasn't as bad as so and so.' That won't wash. An earthly judge would not let you off a speeding ticket because you didn't go nearly as fast as the next person! A court would not let you go because the amount you stole was not as much as someone else's theft! Justice must be done! The law is the law.
- 'Well, my good deeds outweigh my bad deeds.' No, that won't work either. The Bible tells us our good deeds are like filthy rags to God if they are not filtered through faith in Christ. It is like offering someone a speck of dirt in exchange for a mountain of diamonds. It is an insult to God. No one is saved by good deeds, lest anyone should boast.
- 'I know I am not good enough; I am a sinner; I don't deserve anything; but I put my faith in the blood of my Savior, Jesus Christ, which cleanses me of all sin (1 John 1:7).'
It is the last one which is the only ticket to Heaven. Jesus said: 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.' John 14:6
Won't you put your faith in Jesus today? Won't you admit you really are a sinner? 1 John 1:10 says: 'If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.'
It is not so hard to say: I am a sinner. I've broken God's holy commandments. I deserve judgement.
The night I said those words direct to God, I was all alone, in my bedroom. Over a period of a week and a half, I had read through the gospels of Matthew and Mark, and was about halfway through Luke. I saw in the gospels that Jesus was real, and that I was a sinner. If you will read, you will see that you too are a sinner. God has set His bar so high, none of us can reach it, because we ALL have a sinful nature.
In His great love for us, He sent His Son so that none of us need to perish, but all who believe in Jesus can gain eternal life.
The most famous scripture in the Bible: John 3:16: 'For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him (Jesus) shall not perish, but have eternal life.'
Dear friends, time is short. The meteor that hit, the asteroid that just missed us...this is serious. God is so patient with us, but time is running out. There is a phrase in the Bible, 'the appointed time'. Jesus came at the appointed time. He will come back at the appointed time. God has a calendar, a plan; He has His own agenda, the 'appointed times'.
The time is very near, we believe, and in our books we give many reasons. Won't you reflect today?
Here is a good prayer, but only if you mean it from your heart: 'Dear God, I am a sinner. I have done, said, thought, bad things. I put my faith in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross of Calvary for my sins. Please, Lord Jesus, wash me clean! Please make me one of Your people!'