“I saw the danger and I passed, along the enchanted way, and I said let grief be a fallen leaf, at the dawning of the day” Raglin Road – McNally and James
A lot of Americans would say they never thought they would live long enough to see the day when a failing President could not get support from our oldest ally (Britain) or his own Congress and his new big buddy, the ‘international community,’ to wage war. Just when that sinks in, along comes old arch enemy Russia, like a big brother to the rescue, and offers a plan to remove the Syrian weapons of mass destruction for us and the rest of the world. Go figure.
America’s moral decline and the rise in liberalism have been coupled; the enforcement arm of this new marriage is political correctness. Black and white is gone, now the leaders and followers are swimming around in a vast grey ocean where hypocrisy, stupidity and a lot of lying are drowning the swimmers on a daily basis.
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We’ve labeled our prophets, preachers and learned prognosticators as ‘doomsdayers,’ and we barrel down the road like a drunk driver who insists he will not have to pay the piper – until that tree jumps out and brings our ride to an end.
We overestimate the power of consensus and because we all agree, we needn’t take note of those nations, cultures or individuals who have already smashed their rides into wandering trees. We have heard names like Adolph Hitler, Chairman Mao and we know history says something about fallen civilizations like Rome, but we cannot endure hearing, even one more time, the warning that ‘those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.’
So here we are, repeating the mistakes of the past, the greatest of which is a complete failure to recognize the times, these last times, in which we live. Little wonder that Solomon said: “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” (Ec 1: 9)
Christ, building upon Solomon’s wisdom knew that men would rebuild the past in every generation. The most technically advanced, highly educated and completely distracted last generation would be no exception, thus he said, “O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” (Mt 16: 3b) So, what are these “signs of the times?”
Let’s focus on only one of the Bible’s hundreds of last day’s prophecies. Speaking of conditions that would prevail just prior to his return Christ summarized by saying that when all the signs he warned of were fully underway, that would mark the last generation of time as we know it. Specifically he said:
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.