Distant Thunder

Sometimes, on a warm, bright summer day, the only warning that we may have of a change in the weather is the sound of distant thunder. The sun may still be shining where we are, but off toward the horizon, dark clouds can be seen gathering. We then can be quite sure that there is a storm coming.

We live in a very unique phase in the history of humanity. There has never been a time in which the human race can both study prophecy while actually watching so many bits and pieces of it falling into place. Many students of the Bible who believe that the Scriptures say what they mean, and mean what they say, are convinced beyond all doubt that the stage is now being set for a very grand entrance.

Prophecy is like distant thunder. It is both a promise of life-giving rain, and a warning to take shelter. Those who ignore those prophecies that have been given to us however, risk far more than just getting wet. See Prophecy.

According to the Words of Jesus Christ Himself, first the storm -

"For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened." (Matthew 24:21-22)

"At that time the sign of The Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other." (Matthew 24:30-31)

And then a bright new day -

"Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in My people; the sound of weeping and crying will be heard in it no more." (Isaiah 65:17-19)

The photograph above, with its heavy dark clouds, well symbolizes the very bumpy ride that this old world is soon in for, but the picture also shows beautiful clear sunshine coming on the other side. That bright new day, that bright new world, is what Christianity is all about.

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Acts 1:11

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