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Topic: WEATHER (07/19/18)
TITLE: Discerning the Signs
By Donna Martelli
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Jesus was chastising the Pharisees and Sadducees, the religious leaders of His time on earth, for not discerning the times. He called them “hypocrites”! They knew what the weather would be by discerning the face of the sky, but they failed to look beyond the signs and see what He was saying.
He speaks! He wants us to know the signs of His return, more abundant and growing closer together every day. Blood moons and eclipses are signs that something (usually judgement) is coming. How many of those have we seen in the past few years? Jesus also told us that there would be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
Other signs as listed in Matthew 24 are deception, nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom, persecution, hatred of believers, false prophets, lawlessness, love for God growing cold, and the gospel of the kingdom preached to all the world.
Currently a crescendo of all these events is occurring. Closer together and becoming more intense, they are like labor pains in a woman who is about to give birth to a new life. The daily news bears witness to the words of Jesus.
Do we agree that time is growing short? After all the pains comes a new earth where righteousness prevails! That thought fills me with enthusiasm and anticipation because Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I have received the pardon He purchased with His holy, precious blood shed on the cross of Calvary. Anyone can come to Him and receive that pardon and look forward to new life on this earth, and eternity with Him. What a Savior!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
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