Devotional: ‘Warning Signals’

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As many of you know, this past Wednesday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) conducted a test through many of our cell phones for the purpose of alerting us in case of a national emergency. Even though we knew the test was coming, it was still a bit frightening. The alert signals that are often used to warn us have a penetrating sound in order to get our attention and to call us to immediate action.

The world is full of alerts, yet the greatest danger that threatens mankind will go unnoticed by many until it’s too late. Jesus said,

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:26-27)

Though there are variances of opinion concerning the exact timing of Christ’s return, one thing is for sure – JESUS IS COMING AGAIN. Consider these two verses of scripture:

“This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11

“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:12

Though no one knows the exact day or the hour of Christ’s return (Matthew 24:36), we do know that He is coming again and when He does, He is going to judge the world of its sin. The Bible says, “For he (God the Father) has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man (God the Son)he has appointed.” Acts 17:31

Jesus is coming again, yet most of the world will be unprepared for His return. Jesus said that the condition of the world at the time of His return will be similar to the days of Noah. Who was Noah and what was his time like? As many of you know, Noah was the one who built the ark that saved his family from destruction. (Genesis 6-8) What was his day like? Jesus said that men were caught up in their everyday living and completely ignored God’s warnings.

I pray that the alerts on our phones will never be anything more than a test. But suppose something terrible did happen. Suppose some hostile nation decided to attack our country. What would happen? How would we respond? Would people heed the warning and seek shelter, or would they treat the warning on their cell phone the same way they treat the warnings in Scripture?

Join me again tomorrow as we continue this important study. God bless you my brethren.

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