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Topic: SCUTTLEBUTT (rumor or gossip)( 10/03/19)
| TITLE: They Said |
By Barbara Lynn Culler
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TOM:They said it would happen, but no one would know when. It’s a story I’ve heard and read about for the better part of my 97 years. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ —a Christian, and took for granted that someday, He would come for us. However, it seems that events occurring right now definitely point towards the coming of the Lord. Maybe it actually will happen in my lifetime! I need to better prepare myself for that glorious day.
BOB: So yes, the world is getting crazier and crazier; what was once vile and reprehensible is now touted as normal. That’s how the world is, and everyone must accept and tolerate it. Of course, I don’t do all that perverted stuff. Nah, I just smoke weed —it’s legal now, you know, and drink a few beers each night, though rarely drive while drunk.
But what’s with all the mass shootings, hit and run drivers, fighting within our own government and bad stuff happening in the environment? Yesterday, a few guys I work with who identify as Christians said that many of the things happening now were prophesied in the Bible. Baloney! I don’t believe that hogwash. Besides, many so-called Christians are nothing but money-hungry hypocrites — look at those TV preachers! Why do people buy into that garbage of name and claim your blessings, but first send them money? No thanks. I’ll just continue living my own life and fulfilling my own desires. I don’t care what they said.
TOM: I sit here on my patio, cup of coffee in hand and Bible beside me. I’ve just finished reading about the hour Jesus comes back for us. So exciting! Yes, they’ve been saying forever that he’s coming back for us, but I believe it will happen. Lately, we’ve had major earthquakes and turmoil within our own country. Government officials attacking one another instead of leading their people, famines, wars, rumors of wars, crazy weather patterns, and a lot of evil people trying to make their perversions acceptable. I’m grateful that I’m Heaven-bound, and just passing through this wicked life. I’m striving to be better prepared for when He does come. It really seems close.
RUMBLE, RUMBLE… Big earthquake we’re having! Can it be that which I just read in my Bible? No, must be a coincidence; this is California after all. Wow, the sky just went totally dark. (Gasp) Did you hear that? A booming sound, yet musical like a trumpet. Golly, look at the sky, it’s so brilliant! Look! It’s Him! They said He would appear in the clouds! My Jesus, I am read …y…
BOB: Man, this morning traffic is at a dead stop; I’m gonna be late for work. Hey, why is my car shaking so hard? Earthquake! Oh no, this must be the BIG ONE they’ve been predicting. It’s really eerie around here, like I’m in the Twilight Zone. The power must have gone out…but why is the sky dark like the night? What’s that awful sound? Have the looters already started? Oh my gosh, driverless cars are crashing all over the place! What’s going on?
Somebody just yelled out that christians are missing. This can’t be happening, it’s a bad dream. There’s no way that the Jesus-guy came back for his people because it’s a myth. This is not that, is it? No, no, no … Noooo!
They said it would happen.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NIV)
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