Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
If you know some oldie’s music the melody may already be invading your mind. It’s from the song “Signs” by Five Man Electrical Band in 1971. Like music of any generation it revealed some of what was happening in the changing culture. “Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the signs?”
Humans have always been watching for end-time signs.
After being expelled from the garden Adam and Eve watched for a sign were their son would crush satan and everything would return to how it had been. Cain’s birth was probably the first sign of hope. Then he went and killed Abel, well that didn’t work out. Then Seth came, hope again.
Jesus came fulfilling prophetic end-time signs, and we know how that worked out, not exactly what the religious leaders expected. After His resurrection His Disciples wrote expecting His imminent return. Jesus Himself said watch for the signs. The Book of Revelation is full of signs. So it’s 5776 years from Adam and 2015 years from Jesus, and still we wait, watching for signs.
Every generation has had at least one end-time sign promoted as “The Sign” of the end. In my lifetime some signs include; the planets aligning, comets, asteroids hitting earth, creation of the UN and a possible one world government, computer chips on credit cards, the year 2000,…
Not only are there signs, there are those trying to make a buck revealing them. The hype recently over blood moons and God’s Judgement is making lots of money for a few people. All the hype on end-time signs can bring a sense of fear and anxiety.
Three things to remember about End-Time Signs.
- We are to watch and be ready. In the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus said be ready, watch, and, not be found asleep. Jesus was not referring to physical sleep but spiritual. Stay awake spiritually and you won’t be caught off guard. The benefit to being ready is less anxiety and more peace. Peace will allow you to investigate the end-time signs without or fear.
- God is not pouring down judgment on any nation. All judgment was placed on Christ when He was crucified. Jesus has all authority to judge and He will judge when He returns. Things referred to as judgment are actually consequences. Consequences result from choices we make. If I poke a dog with a fork and I get bit it’s not judgment from God, it’s consequences. The Holy Spirit brings conviction to each person individually. Conviction is to draw us closer to God and to live more like Christ. This also keeps us spiritually awake.
- Regardless when ‘The End” comes we live for a finite amount of time. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. I live life knowing I may not have another opportunity to say or do the things that are important, for me that includes loving the people God has put in my life. Define your life mission, your purpose statement. We all have one, what’s yours? My mission is to let the light of Christ shine through me as if today is my last, while preparing to live a good long life.
It’s not hog-wash, one day the end will come. It could be tomorrow or two hundred years from now after we have all finished our time here on earth. Some will be ready and some will be left sleeping. Be encouraged. it’s not hard or complicated to make yourself ready. Draw close to God and He will draw close to you.
The last verse of the song wraps it up.
And the sign said “Everybody welcome, come in, kneel down and pray”
But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all I didn’t have a penny to pay
So, I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign
I said, “Thank you, Lord for thinkin’ ‘bout me, I’m alive and doin’ fine, woo
There are as many ways to prepare as there are people. What is the Holy Spirit stirring in you today? How are you letting your light shine? It starts with prayer, a conversation with God. If you have never prayed or want more direction check out the 7 elements of balanced prayer.
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©2015 Elayne Cross