Weekly Sabbath Survey
The Future — 1-4-2014
As we enter a new year, it is common for many of us to take stock of the old year, going over our successes and reliving our failures. Then, we go forward and begin to think about the future. What will the new year bring? Where am I going as a child of God? Where is our nation headed in the downhill slide it seems to be doing now? Some of us are looking even further into the future. The older we get the closer we are to ‘graduation day.’ And we cannot stop ourselves from thinking about “flying away.”
An article I read recently went even further to opine on the future of the planet itself. The author named some “markers” of the times we are living in: 1) advances in engineering the genetics of plants, animals and human beings; 2) the rumblings and leaked information that our government may be only a phone call away from plunging this once FREE people into a state of tyranny; 3) the continuing reports of new and more deadly diseases appearing around the world; 4) the secular and/or atheist scientific community seeing the end of Earth very clearly in our future; 5) polls that support the belief that the predicted Falling Away among God’s people is now in full swing. (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
One famous scientist who sees the fate of the human race is physicist Stephen Hawking. He is a staunch atheist, but has expressed doubt that mankind will survive: “We won’t survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet. We must continue to go into space for humanity.” It is interesting to note that Believers are often berated by non-believers for embracing what the Bible teaches us about the end times. Yet the scientific community routinely declares that the days of human existence and the Earth itself are, without a doubt, numbered.
We are living in a time of heavy spiritual pressure. The news headlines tend to present far more bad news than good in this day and age, and it can have an exhausting affect on the children of God. However, as science reaches for the stars, we Believers see how amazingly close to the truth they may be, and have hope in our Biblical faith.
The people of God by-pass on the “Star Trek” plan of escape from this planet. Our own efforts at space colonizing will not save us. But Father God has a plan. One in which Jesus returns to Earth to take the faithful to their heavenly reward. Just as when God shut the door of the Ark on Noah and his family, there will be many left behind to endure the fate of this planet. The Believers who ‘go up’ will have a new heaven and a new Earth, crafted and formed just for us by the King of the Universe. It will be an amazing experience for us when the Biblical rapture is the ultimate ‘beaming up.’
Each and every one of us must take courage. We must take our burdens and our fears to the Lord and put our faith and trust in Him. What is going on now, is being done in various stages all over the world. There will be people who prowl among us, taking advantage of the fear and hopelessness of those who do not know the Lord. Soon every one will be looking for a way out of this mess, and the charlatans will be right there to relieve the hopeless of their cash.
Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life. We Believers are the only ones with the answer. There are many who will try to get in another “way.” But Jesus has told us they will not succeed. There is one flock, one sheep fold, one Shepherd, one Way.
Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. Cast all your care on Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil like a roaring lion, walks around seeking ones he may destroy. Resist him! Being steadfast in the faith, knowing that these same afflictions are happening to your brethren in Christ all over the world. But the God of all grace, who has called us into His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, will make you perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
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