"In the New Testament, Jesus Christ aptly described the unstable, perilous age that would precede His Second Coming. "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man" (Matthew 24:37-39, New International Version, emphasis added throughout)."
The following was reported by Reuters News Service eleven years ago, on May 19, 2000:
"At least three people were killed on Thursday night when a pier on the Delaware River in Philadelphia collapsed, plunging scores of night club patrons into the water, officials said. Fire commissioner Harold Hairston told reporters that 29 people had been taken to hospitals and at least eight others were missing.
"Witnesses said that about 75 people, some attending a birthday party, had been dancing at 'Club Heat' shortly before 8:30 p.m. Officials said a loud rumble shook the pier and the bar room and dance floor collapsed into the river.
"Harry Tomaszewski, 25, of New Hope, survived to describe what he saw on the deck when disaster struck. 'It happened within seconds,' he said. 'There was a noise like a creaking sound. I was looking at the deck splitting and collapsing. It was the sickest feeling, watching it happen. As soon as we hit the water, there was a tidal wave. Then the debris collapsed in on us. There was water everywhere, nails everywhere. There was glass, there was cement. It was like the foundation broke.'"
The devastating incident at "Club Heat" that evening was totally unexpected. No one could have imagined such a tragedy would occur.
Figuratively speaking, could such a terrifying event strike our entire modern civilization?
Is it conceivable that the very foundations of the present society could split apart and collapse with little or no warning?
Most people today could not imagine the prospect. The idea seems so preposterous that few would even allow the possibility into their thinking. When asked their opinion on such a scenario, they might point to the stability and sophistication of today's highly-integrated communications and financial systems. They may also describe the strength of political and military alliances, designed to maintain societal integrity.
Many people place faith in such structures and then simply focus their attention on personal interests and pleasures. Such confidence in man-made systems causes them to blissfully ignore all warning messages to the contrary—until it is too late. The reality is that our age is precariously perched over dark, dangerous waters. Built on a false underpinning of humanly devised plans and concepts which ignore God and His true moral foundation, this society's rickety floor boards are metaphorically rotting away right under our feet.
Whether people realize it or not, our world is like that of Noah's day. Wickedness and disregard for God and His ways are nearly universal. Even so, many people firmly believe humanly-devised systems and ideas will eventually bring about peace, safety and prosperity. However, as the apostle Paul wrote, "For when they say, 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape" (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
A disastrous time of trouble is coming (Matthew 24:21). The teetering foundation of this social order will crack and groan under the increasing weight of iniquity and unrighteousness. It will all finally come crashing down. The period ahead will be so dreadful that it will require the return of Jesus Christ to stop the escalating violence and mercifully prevent the annihilation of all human life (Matthew 24:22).
But, just as God delivered righteous Noah, you can escape what lies ahead if you turn to God in deep repentance, are baptized and diligently strive to keep His commandments. "The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment" (2 Peter 2:9, New International Version)."
May 21st, I don't think so!
"Concerning the time when God will intervene in human affairs, Jesus was very specific:
"But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only" (Matthew:24:36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.). Christ urges His followers to always be prepared, "for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect" (Matthew:24:44Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.)."
"The Bible does speak of a time ahead in this human age when chaos will erupt, leading up to the time when Jesus Christ will Himself return to cut short devastating global turmoil: Matthew:24:22(And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.).
Unfortunately, when some people ignore the teachings of Jesus that no man or woman can know the specific hour or day of prophetic events, the magnitude and importance of these prophetic teachings can seem a bit diminished. When the events don't happen as some predict, the credibility of God's message may be temporarily affected. That is indeed unfortunate, as they will come to pass, and—as Jesus plainly stated—at a time when many will not expect. They will be caught off-guard." More at: http://www.ucg.org/commentary/may-21-judgment-day/
Seven Prophecies That Must Be Fulfilled Before Jesus Christ's Return
"Previous generations have thought that Jesus Christ would return in their lifetimes, but they were proven wrong. Many people alive today think that Christ's return is imminent. Certainly, the Bible contains prophecies that could not have been fulfilled until this generation.
Shortly before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus Christ delivered a major prophecy of end-time events, recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. He was asked by His disciples: "When will these things be? And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?" (Matthew:24:3And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?).
Jesus responded with a description of conditions and events that would lead up to His second coming. Moreover, He said that when these signs became evident, His return would occur within one generation (Matthew:24:34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.). Could this be that generation?
Throughout the nearly 2,000 years since Christ gave His prophecy, many have thought that theirs was the time of His return—and turned out to be wrong, of course. But interestingly, there are a number of prophecies in the Bible that could not be fulfilled until our modern era, the post–World War II period.
1. The human race would have the ability to exterminate itself
In Matthew:24:22(And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened), describing world conditions prior to His second coming, Jesus said that "if that time of troubles were not cut short, no living thing could survive; but for the sake of God's chosen it will be cut short" (Revised English Bible).
The main message that Jesus Christ brought was of the coming Kingdom of God. This is described as "the gospel" (Mark:1:14Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,). Gospel means "good news." While some of the prophecies concerning events prior to the establishment of the Kingdom can seem negative, we should always keep in mind that the central focus of Bible prophecy is the good news (gospel) of the coming Kingdom of God.
Matthew:24:22 (And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened) shows us that if Jesus Christ does not intervene in world affairs, the human race will be faced with extinction. It's crucial to note that humanity has had the capability for self-annihilation for only a little more than 50 years, since both the United States and the Soviet Union developed and stockpiled hydrogen bombs and the world had to learn to live with mutually assured destruction.
At that time there were only three nuclear powers (Britain being the other). By the middle of the 1960s France and China had joined the nuclear club. Today at least eight nations have nuclear warheads and the number looks set to increase with a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
Of course, the more nuclear powers we have in the world, the more likely it is that someone will use this deadly force for evil."
The rest of the article at: http://www.ucg.org/doctrinal-beliefs/seven-prophecies-must-be-fulfilled-jesus-christs-return/
Some welcome rain fell during the night. Jay said it was still raining at his place a mile away, when I called him to see when he would be ready to work. Ne'er a drop falling here, so I said I would go and get him. Then he realized that it was his sprinkler that he saw!
We worked on the framing of the two dinette benches in the cargo trailer. The dinette does make the trailer seem smaller, but at least the camper will have the option of using it as another bed, as the rear bed is only going to be a small twin size. This way both can be made up as one queen size bed. You never know!
We didn't get them finished, so no picture today.