Saturday, July 27 2019
Some years ago I watched a movie called “Time Changer”, it was of a Biblical nature. The plot was that the head of a Bible Seminary had inherited (I think) a Time Machine in which he kept under wraps in his barn. There was a certain Professor within the Seminary group who was invited to take a trip into the future, who at the time was quite reluctant, as he couldn’t believe such a device could be functional, but finally agreed. The dial was set for the future, interestingly the time in which we live. The setting of the movie was in the early 1900’s, so the era of time would be some 120 years in the future. The Professor upon his arrival to the future was quite shocked to see the deterioration of society in just a short time. One more relevant part was brought out in the movie. When the Professor had returned from his, in the future visit, the Time Machine was set to see just how far “the future was”, I’ll just say, it’s a must see movie.
So my opening thoughts have given rise to more thoughts. As was depicted in the movie mentioned above, is there a time when God, The Creator, has seen enough, sin has run its course, depravity has become the rule; society has cast itself off from the moral compass of God’s Holy standard? It has happened before, will it happen again, or maybe is happening right now. And if such a premise is tenable, are there signs that would indicate maybe planet earth is living in the days just prior to a cataclysmic judgment as was before? To answer these questions a look at the past may be in order to see if it may reveal a painting/picture of our future.
Before I share some of these historical events, one more thought needs to be considered. We live in a day and time where many folks live in a, “make believe”, world devoid of absolutes, if I don’t believe it, it doesn’t exist. Just close my eyes and it all disappears. An old one liner says; don’t clutter the issue with facts. We hear this often; the Holocaust didn’t happen, it’s a farce. Although I have personally seen one of the death camps while in Germany, infallible evidence is everywhere, but many still debate of it being a lie. Another that surfaces from time to time, the Moon Landing in 1969. I had a neighbor who said the day we all watched it on TV, it’s a lie, the moon is flat like a saucer, you can’t land on that, right, and the Earth is still flat too. Recently on TV, there were still some who doubted the landing. In the end, to ignore verifiable evidence is folly. It is not my intent to try to establish what level of sin and depravation mankind needs to fall to before judgment is levied. My main purpose of inquiry is to see if parallels exist to the past that point to an imminent judgment, not to be the judge. If just such patterns exist, it is my hope that people will not ignore them.
The flood that took place in Noah’s day and time was a judgment, make no mistake about it, God was making a statement that should have bode well for all future generations. To debate the validity of such an event isn’t worth the time and effort in our study here. What is important is to see what happened to cause God to bring this judgment in the first place. From the time of Adam and Eve to the flood was around 1500 years. As incredible as it may seem, the first of many children born to Adam and Eve, one would be a murderer of his own brother, we all know the story, Cain slew Able. There is so much that could be said concerning this period of time, but a brief only. As people populated the earth, chaos would ensue. There were no laws, jails, and the like, everyone done that which was right in their own eyes. This is what God saw; that the wickedness of man was great in the earth (Gen 6:5). To better understand this earthly condition more fully; wickedness means; sinful, immoral, vicious, harmful, destructive and vile, plus more. If this were attended by a few, not that big a problem, but note; God would reference the wickedness of “man” at large. There was another grievance brought out, who but God would know this; that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. That is a condition which speaks of the depravity of the human soul. If this so far wasn’t bad enough, the Lord looked upon the earth and said it was corrupt, (to rot, or induce rottenness, decay), something that is dead (Gen. 6:12). One more fault levied upon mankind; the earth will filled with violence (ruthlessness, fierce, malice), Gen. 6:13). At this point God said; the end of all flesh is come before me (Gen 6:13), make thee an ark, (ship) (Gen 6:14). As we all know, this command was given to Noah, as he found grace in the eyes of the Lord. From the command to build the Ark/ship until judgment came was about 120 years. Noah was a preacher of righteousness (II Peter 2:5) and was ridiculed during the building of the Ark, but continued faithful to his task. Once the Ark was complete God would fill the Ark with what could be called seed stock to remain after the waters assuaged. Anyone that listened to Noah concerning the judgment that was coming could have gone aboard the Ark to be saved. The written record shows, only 8 souls were on board, even thou the door were left open for seven straight days after Noah had entered the Ark. Spiritually speaking Noah and family must represent the Church, the Ark would have to represent the Lord Jesus, and the judgment was a type and shadow of a greater judgment to come. The same words are being spoken again from the righteous few, judgment is coming, get into the Ark, this time it’s not a giant boat, but the Body of Christ, His Church and be saved. But now like then, many think the Church is a farce, or saying; we have heard that judgment junk until we’re tired of it, at any rate; that’s just your religion, thinking, I’ve got my own thank you.
Let’s fast forward to where we are right now in the timeline of eternal events. Are there any signs in our day and time that we may have ticked the Lord off one too many times? Some twenty five hundred years later, after the flood; the Apostle Paul writing under the inspiration of God would record these words. People would pervert themselves once again; they burned in their lust one for another and changed the natural function of the body into the unnatural doing that which is unseemly. The very first institution of God was the family unit, is now being cast away as an archaic waste of time. But there is more; they would be proud, boastful, haters of God, inventors of evil things, further down the list; who knowing the judgment of God, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Romans 1). The very thing God sent His Son to earth to give was life, His own life, has now been thrown into heap of things least appreciated. Enter the indiscriminate killing of the unborn. But wait, there’s more, they want to murder an infant after it is born as well, decrying; it’s my body, it’s my right! God help us. Now, recently again, another poor soul in Britain being left to starve to death while in a hospital no less, depriving forcefully his own mother and father to take him home to care for him, actually I have read where this happens hundreds of times a year. It’s a slippery slope to depravation; can there be anything other than judgment for such actions? You may have heard this remark at some time in your life; if God doesn’t judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. I wouldn’t look for that to happen, since everyone has to give account for their own sin. Paul said one more thing I want to bring out here; because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were they thankful. Have we seen this trend where they remove just about every vestige of God? This is pandemic across the land, Crosses are being removed, the Ten Commandments covered or removed, listen God can take a hint, He will not dwell where He is not welcome. These are parallels that cannot be ignored.
A great word of hope is recorded in the Book of Jonah. In around 862 BC, God spoke to the Prophet Jonah and told him to go; arise go to Nineveh and cry against it, for their wickedness is come up before Me (Jonah 1:2). Make no mistake about it these people of Nineveh were a fierce bunch. Just the name of these people wrought fear in the lives of any they would encounter. They were known to literally skin captives alive, the most brutal of the bunch, and yes, they were an enemy to Israel. Bible Scholars point out one of the main reasons Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh was he knew the mercy of God. If these people repented, God would spare them and not destroy the Assyrian city. Jonah went forth and preached; and said “yet forty days Nineveh shall be destroyed” (Jonah 3:4). An amazing thing happened, the people upon hearing of the judgment of God coming repented in sackcloth and ashes, they neither ate not drank, and withheld the same even from livestock. From the King down to the lowliest got humble on their faces. God saw their repentance and withheld His judgment. That is not just a lesson for Nineveh, or the USA, but for everyone that will repent, change direction, will find God is merciful.
In conclusion, I mentioned the movie I had seen in the beginning of this article. The movie though fictional was very much non-fictional in its depiction of events. I mentioned the time line the movie was cast in, the early 1900’s and going into the future to a distant time in 2020, some 120 years. I also noted that from the time God told Noah to build the Ark to the flood judgment was another 120 years. Incredible as it may seem, another 120 year pattern exists with Nineveh. From the time they repented and were spared judgment to the time when they once again went back to their old ways and were finally destroyed was 120 years. Is there a pattern in this for the USA? For students of the Bible, an event took place in an upper room 10 days after the Lord Jesus ascended back to Heaven. It was the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit, who would believe it, but there were 120 souls on hand to receive the initial infilling of the Holy Spirit. What does that have to do with the U.S? It has been documented that there was a series of events that took place in the U.S. in early the 1900’s. Once again a huge out-pouring of the Holy Spirit was manifest. The Azusa Street Outpouring, West Virginia coal mines, many consider this a “last days outpouring”. That happened 120 years ago, was that our wake-up call/warning? Better yet, don’t worry about dates, the patterns say; it’s time turn back to God, now.
Pastor Thomas Nosworthy
Light the Way Ministries.