Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
Over the weekend, “doomsday preppers” prepared for the end of the world. Gas masks, automatic weapons, bug out drills, deep earth bunkers, and apocalypse pods were purchased and prepped for the upcoming doomsday that was to happen last Friday. Friday came and went with no “Doomsday”. God’s Word reigned as always as “No man knows the day or time” of His coming.
There are legitimate signs America and the preppers continue to miss. They miss the fact that this country was founded on the preface of freedom of worship. Yet, we continue to move farther away from religion and God’s moral laws. We forget that George Washington, our first president, warned us that the “the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself hath ordained”. He was warning our nation that the day America turns away from God, will be the day that begins the removing of its blessings. (This reminds us also of Israel, another country blessed by God).
President Washington, was actually inaugurated on a street that essentially affects the entire world’s global market – Wall Street in New York City. One of his first acts as president was to lead the Senate and House of Representatives to a small stone church called St Paul’s Chapel where they gathered for prayer for the future of our country. This same chapel where America was dedicated to God would one day turn out to be called “the miracle of 9/11” as it was one of the only surviving structures bordering Ground Zero. This was a sign. A sign that we cannot trust our economy. We cannot trust the “powers that be”. We cannot trust our own might, or depend on gas masks. Instead, we must follow the signs of truth.
True signs this season point to a simple, unassuming birth of a peasant boy born two thousand years ago in the Middle East. Ever since then, every date on a calendar is marked by how many days and years it has been since Jesus appeared here on earth. Your own birthday is dated by His birthday. All signs point to a Savior who is Christ our Lord (The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren). Doomsday Preppers and America, be warned, we need to return to God, not stockpile weapons. We need to return to our knees, not insist on rebuilding stronger. We need a gentle Savior in a manger, not a gun-toting god who uses intimidation tactics to persuade beliefs. Thank you God for your gentleness.