1 - The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
2 - He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
3 - And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
4 - A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed
The Pharisees and the Sadducees were the ruling authority in Israel while the Jews were under the yoke of Rome. They were supposed to be a light to the people a guide to the blind, especially the Pharisees who said they believed in the resurrection of the dead. Jesus pointed out to them that although they could read the signs in the sky regarding the weather, yet knowing the Scriptures they couldn’t read the signs that their long awaited Messiah had finally come, just as their prophets had foretold he would. Because apart from the hundreds of Scriptures that He had personally fulfilled Himself, confirming that He was indeed their Messiah; Jesus was also casting out demons from the deaf and mute. Something the Pharisees themselves taught that only Messiah could do, as their own people had to communicate with the demon to cast him out. This they found impossible with a deaf and mute demoniac.
On the very day that Jesus presented Himself as their King, the Pharisees refused to accept Him, although His disciples had...
37 - And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 - Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39 - And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40 - And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out [I am your King!].
41 - And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42 - Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, [the very prophesied day] the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43 - For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
Thirty eight years later after yet another Jewish revolt against Roman rule, Rome having had enough of this troublesome city totally destroyed Jerusalem just as God had warned they would. When Jerusalem fell, three quarters of a million Jews perished in just two days. Our God is a merciful God, but his mercy has an end, as planet Earth will soon discover. The Scriptures point to a time when the door of the ‘age of grace’ will finally close, and then we see noted in the Book of the Revelation, the wrath of God falling upon on an unrepentant Earth, much like it fell on Jerusalem back in 70AD.
Luke 21:22 [70AD]
For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written.
Over the last week I have been hearing some truly amazing things on the BBC (Radio 4 news). Today they said that they were going to freeze coral as they now knew that it was too late to save it by limiting green-house gases, things had gone too far. Earlier in the week Gordon Brown said “we have only got 52 days left to come to an agreement to prevent a World-wide catastrophe”. They also said that for the first time in summer they believe they will be able to send shipping over the North Pole because much of the ice will have melted, allowing shipping access.
Islamic terrorism, there is a real fear that Pakistan could fall to the Taliban, as hard as they try Islamic terror seems to be only increasing. The Israel, Jerusalem issue is coming to a head with Iran and the nuclear bomb threat, and nobody seems to know what to do! Here in the United Kingdom they are rolling-out the swine flue vaccine, it looks as though this time we have been lucky but that it is only a matter of time before a truly terrible strain of some-kind of virus hits the World. The World powers are doing all they can to bring about a one World Government to give them total rule in an attempt to combat these things. Strong attempts are being made to bring about a one World financial system to stabilise the financial situation, and control the masses. And the Catholic Church with others are trying their best to unite all religions under one banner to subdue all religious tensions.
Governments now acknowledge that something massive is about to happen and their panic is beginning to spill over into the public domain, they can’t hide it any longer. Yet it seems that none of them will publicly acknowledge that all these things are prophesied in the scriptures, things that the Church has been shouting about them for two millennium.
A few Biblical signs of the last days.
- Matthew 24:6 - Wars and rumours of wars (ethnic against ethnic)
- Luke 21:25 - Fear and confusion regarding the weather
- Luke 21:26 - Mens hearts failing because of what is happening (Fear)
- Zechariah 14:2 - The World fretting over Jerusalem
- Joel 3:3 and Zechariah 14:3 - Armageddon
- Revelation 17:5 - One World religion
- Revelation 17: 12-13 - One World Government
- Revelation 13: 16-17 - One World Financial system
As an unbelieving World begins to see these things taking place, it can only produce fear and terror, but for those of us who believe only a further surety that what God has promised is true. When I tell people of these Earth shattering events, and some begin to consider that these things may be true; the most common reaction is “how can I survive what is about to take place?” There is often no consideration that they need to change their ways and ‘get right’ with God, and so save their souls.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. [Start living for God rather than self] As we have to be ‘born again’
6 - That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 - Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
1 Corinthians 15:50
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
And those who do by their great wealth, manage to survive the coming catastrophe by building great underground bunker systems, need to know now that they are in for a shock, for God will not be mocked...