No Sign for the Spiritually Blind

Years ago I was setting in a living room attempting to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with an older man and his dying wife.  The conversation started easy enough but there was a distinct atmospheric change in the room as the conversation centered on the Gospel. The television was on the weather channel and although I requested respectfully that we turn it off for just a few minutes, the man hardened his focus on the local weather forecast.  He based his rejection of the Gospel on the fact that if God would not heal his terminally ill wife it stood to reason that God could not be trusted to save his soul.  He took the remote, turned up the volume on television to listen to the “local on the 8’s” and signal our visit was over.  I left that home with a heavy heart knowing that both stood on the brink of eternal separation from the Lord Jesus Christ and be tormented in a very real place called Hell. On the drive back home I rehearsed the events of the evening in my mind and I was reminded that our Lord dealt with a very similar situation during his ministry. In the Gospel of Matthew chapter sixteen the Pharisees and Sadducees were demanding that Jesus produce some sign to validate his Messianic claims. He answered,             “When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the   sky is red. 3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and threatening. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?  4 A     wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.” (Matthew 16:2-4).  

     What an indictment against the most accomplished theologians of that day.  They could predict the coming of a storm but were oblivious to the arrival of the Messiah.  Our generation suffers from the same problem of “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  “A.W. Tozer recognized this perennial problem when he so aptly said, “The devil is a better theologian than any of us but he is still a devil." 

     The only thing more alarming than the undeniable evidence that we are living in the Last Days is the apathy and willful ignorance so prevalent among so many professing believers.  Evidence abounds that the world is preparing for a major economic shift of concentrated powers.  At the entrance of the headquarters of the European Union Council in Brussels, Belgium is a massive statue of a woman riding a great beast (Rev. 17:1) and there is no mistaking the message the EU is conveying to the world.  Captured in this iconic figure is the message of a united Europe and a New World Order that will solve the economic woes of this world.  In a recent publication of the EU the Tower of Babel is depicted in full color with the caption reading “EUROPE: Many Tongues-One Voice” with a cheering crowd gathered at the foot of the Tower of Babel. The message is clear; this is the generation that will finally realize Nimrod’s dream in Genesis eleven.  Stay tuned  . . . more to come.

Maranatha!

Pastor Jeff