“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of great distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people–everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered.” (Daniel 12:1 NIV)
At cruising altitude, the seat-belt sign illuminates and an announcement is heard from the cockpit. “Remain in your seats with trays in the full upright position and seat-belts tightly fastened,” the captain says. “We are flying into some turbulence. It’s gonna get rough.”
The flight had been smooth so what had changed? How does the pilot know the ride is going to become very bumpy? There must be a warning sign. Passengers would be foolish not to trust the flight crew’s message.
Much of the world is experiencing turbulence but one country in particular is in for a difficult ride. The European Union nation of Greece appears headed for economic collapse. Saturday’s overwhelming “No vote” to austerity measures and a bailout plan could signal that a government raid on private bank accounts is in the works. Three questions about the Greek crisis remain but one thing is certain, it is gonna be rough for democracies everywhere when the Athens-based government defaults on its loans and this domino falls.
Recently America has hit some bumps, but nothing compared to what’s coming. The dire warning light started flashing the moment the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in favor of recognizing (i.e. legalizing) gay marriage.
Spontaneous celebrations broke out among supporters of the homosexual agenda. Congratulations were extended at the White House. Figuratively-speaking, at the same moment the seat-belt light came on.
God’s people are heeding their Captain’s warnings and are tightening their belts. Marriage was ordained by the One on Heaven’s throne (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6). As decreed on Sinai, homosexuality is detestable to our God and invites his wrath (Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:24-27).
Who will survive what’s coming? Will it be those dancing in the aisles or those ready for God’s judgment and a time of great distress? The people who have the most chance, of course, are the wise who heed God’s Word and prepare for the roughest ride ever.
See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. It they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken–that is created things–so that what cannot be shaken may remain. (Hebrews 12:25-27 NIV)