|Event 1 - Final Signs
Scoffers & Skeptics
this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens
were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept
in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition
of ungodly men."
2 Peter 3:5-7
Prophecy: "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the
last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is
the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things
continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
2 Peter 3:3-4
In Noah's day there were men who laughed to scorn his words of warning. They
said that nature was governed by fixed laws which made a flood impossible, and
that if there were any truth in what he said, the great men, the wise and prudent,
would understand the matter. There was total disbelief in Noah's testimony in
regard to the coming judgments; but this unbelief did not prevent or hinder the
gathering storm. At the appointed time, "the fountains of the great deep
were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened," and the earth was
washed of its corruption. Only those who found shelter in the ark were saved.
Reader, another storm is coming. The earth will again be swept by the desolating
wrath of God, and again sin and sinners will be destroyed. Do you feel that it
is an event of little importance? Then read some of the utterances of the prophets
in reference to the day of God:
"Behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea,
and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn
them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch."
"Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction
from the Almighty shall it come."
"The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even
the voice of the day of the Lord. The mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That
day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and
desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness."
But though this is a day of trouble and distress to the wicked, the righteous
will be able to say, "Lo, this is our God;" "we have waited for
him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation." The truth will be their
shield and buckler. God will be their refuge, and under his wings shall they
trust. Says the psalmist: "Because thou hast made the Lord, who is my refuge,
even the Most High, thy habitation, there shall no evil befall thee, neither
shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give his angels charge
over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."
Isaiah 25:9; Psalms 91:9-11
Dear Reader, if you hear God's voice through these words, harden not your heart, "make
your calling and election sure:" and "be diligent that ye may
be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless."
2 Peter 1:10; 2 Peter 3:14