Is the Evidence Itself Worth Considering? July 31, 2011Posted by stevekerp in Uncategorized.
An alert listener sent me this quote by Gary Carlson that appeared in the Idaho Statesman:
Witnessing the Republicans and Democrats endlessly bicker over the U.S. debt is analogous to watching two drunks argue over a bar bill on the Titanic.
A bit of gallows humor, perhaps, but nonetheless painfully close to the truth. The RMS Titanic will have been on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for one hundred years this coming April 15th, and many saw its sinking in 1912 as a harbinger. The irony of this tragedy was not lost on pulpits on both sides of the Atlantic.
Today, as you are no doubt aware, we face the frightening possibility that the Titanic tragedy may recur; writ large across the U.S. and much of the rest of the world. Many continue to remain oblivious; perhaps many more are thinking either “it won’t be as bad as they say,” or “there’s nothing we can do about it.” One might wonder if the passengers aboard RMS Titanic entertained similar sentiments.
Warnings of imminent catastrophe have been sounded for years. The late Pastor David Wilkerson was among the clearest and most urgent of these voices. His Urgent Message was sent to his entire mailing list. This was clearly preceded by some anguished prayer, and probably more than one sleepless night. About ten years previously, Pastor Wilkerson delivered a sermon entitled “‘Be Ye Ready’ Is No Joking Matter” and this clearly demonstrates the consistency of his message over time.
Today, it appears that there is not much time left. And Wilkerson’s comments and insights of ten years ago are even more relevant today. As he, through the prophetic vision he had, recognized the certainty of national shipwreck that must result when any nation abandons Biblical morality, America was on the threshold of an economic boom. I do not know how much he may have been mocked or vilified for his warnings. What I DO believe is that everything he warned us about is now on the visible horizon.
One of the things he said, and that prompted me to write this posting, is that he was “washing his hands” of those he had warned. He did not mean he was abandoning them, or that he would stop warning. However, he emphasized that if they did not take his warning to heart and proceed accordingly, he was innocent of their blood.
I’m there with many of you. I have written and spoken with clarity for over two years. It grieves me to know that some acquaintances, friends and even family members still can’t be bothered. It’s not that they won’t listen to me; it’s deeper than that. They refuse to examine the evidence and determine for themselves how late the hour is. Jesus Christ Himself gave us signs to watch for, and to simply blow off His urgent warning with a glib “no one knows the day or the hour” is deeply troubling for me.
I am convinced that “the brimstone is about to hit the spinning blade.” Wacky conspiracy theories abound; I know that. The eschatological community certainly has its share of crackpots, flakes, and deliberate deceivers. But people such as David Wilkerson are not among them. The signs that Jesus warned us about are now clearly visible for those who will simply look. True Christianity has always been about more than a Biblical ethic and weekly maintenance meetings. If you believe in Jesus Christ, then you believe that His Word is TRUE, and that it is worth studying, even if that means foregoing your favorite programs on TV.
The bad guys cannot fake the fulfillment of Revelation 12:1 and this video explains its possible fulfillment in less than two months (Use FULL SCREEN view for best visibility):
Again, this is about knowing what the Bible speaks of prophetically, and then studying to see whether these things are true. If we are on the very threshold of the return of Jesus Christ, I would hope that every Christian would be preparing, and every pulpit would be proclaiming. Sadly, this is not the case.
So, it’s hand-washing time. I will continue to watch, to warn, to prepare, and to present information that I believe will be helpful in preparing and encouraging any who will listen. For those who have bought the lie that “there is no hurry,” I can only continue to pray that God, in His mercy, will sovereignly over-rule your recalcitrant hearts before it is truly too late.