March 29, 2012

Sign of the Times, Pt. 2

Revelation 6:13-17

"And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"

People think that they can outsmart God. I'm here to tell, it's not possible. God's word says that He will not be mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap (Gal. 6:7).

A few days ago there was a news article from The Independent (click here for more: Hippies Plan to Be Rescued by Aliens). Here's a tidbit -

"Thousands of New Agers descend on mountain they see as haven from December's apocalypse. A mountain looming over a French commune with a population of just 200 is being touted as a modern Noah's Ark when doomsday arrives – supposedly less than nine months from now. A rapidly increasing stream of New Age believers have descended in their camper van-loads on the usually picturesque and tranquil Pyrenean village of Bugarach. They believe that when apocalypse strikes on December 21st this year, the aliens waiting in their spacecraft inside Pic de Bugarach will save all the humans near by and beam them off to the next age."

You think people would see this snake-oil philosophy a mile away, but that's the problem. People have veered away from the Truth because it doesn't fit their immoral, godless lifestyle.

Christ prophesied in Matthew 24:36, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

So, scratch 12/21/12 off your day timer. It isn't going to happen.

Besides if these Mayan savages were so savant, why didn't their divinations foretell them of their own untimely demise? I guess they didn't see it coming, but God did.

One thing about New Agers, though, is that their are not new to the Belief Scene. They'd like to think so, but their ancestors can be found in the Bible. The tree-huggers of the 21st Century can be traced back to the nature worshippers of Ashtoreth, who danced around a wood pole. Today's star-gazers were the Baal worshippers of yore. And these animal afficionados who are overly fond of four-legged creatures can be linked back to the olden days of the pagan gods of Chemosh, Molech and others. Truly, there's nothing new under the sun.

Jeremiah 10:2 states: "Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them."

You see, the problem with astrology is that people are trying to get answers about life's questions from a source other than God. Many people believe that they can know the future through the location of the stars and planets. However, apart from God's revelation, there is no wisdom or guidance, only the blind leading the blind.

Let's read on and continue with the news article:

"As the cataclysmic date – which, according to eschatological beliefs and predicted astrological alignments, concludes a 5,125-year cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar – nears, the goings-on around the peak have become more bizarre and ritualistic.

"For decades, there has been a belief that Pic de Bugarach, which, at 1,230 metres, is the highest in the Corbi̬res mountain range, possesses an eery power. Often called the 'upside-down mountain' Рgeologists think that it exploded after its formation and the top landed the wrong way up Рit is thought to have inspired Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Since the 1960s, it has attracted New Agers, who insist that it emits special magnetic waves."

Isaiah 47:12-15 clearly warns: "Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it. Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee."

The news continues, "Upwards of 100,000 people are thought to be planning a trip to the mountain, 30 miles west of Perpignan, in time for December 21st...Masking his fears of what might happen on December 21st, Mr. Delord jokes that he will throw a party and supply vin chaud and cheese. 'I'm sure we'll have a little fete to celebrate that we're still alive,' he smiles. 'I suppose it's up to each of us to find our own way.'"

Tragically, that's the attitude of many today, thinking that they can find their own way. Once again, the Bible states, "O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." (Jer. 10:23)

Please heed God's admonition found in Prov. 16:25 -

"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."

Don't take that route, Friend. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, no cometh unto the Father but by Him (John 14:6). Make your decision today to trust in Christ: I Have Decided to Trust In Christ

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