Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture – “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”- 2 Peter 3:8
Insight: Does anyone else feel like this whole year has been a time warp? It seems like each day is like a week and each week is like a month and each month is like a year. It’s like time has literally stopped on the earth, and we are caught in some type of StarTrek episode where opposing forces on trying to pull us into a new dimension! I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten what day it is or what the actual date is this year. I would be very worried about my mental condition, except everyone else is telling me they are experiencing the same thing! But we must always remember that there is One who operates outside our understanding of time and space, and He is still in full control of what is happening in the Universe right now. He is God and He is good always, even during a man made global pandemic. When reading the Bible, we are reminded in 2 Peter 3:8 that “with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” In other words, He is not limited by time and space constraints the way that we mortals are.
So, what does the chaos we are experiencing on the earth mean from a biblical time perspective? We know that no one except God the Father knows the date and time when He will send His Son to redeem the earth (Matthew 24:36) but we can use our own minds and observations to realize that we are firmly in the birth pains stage that Jesus talked about in Matthew 24:6-8 when he said “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” Therefore, it is my belief that now is a very exciting time to be a Christian on the earth as we have a unique opportunity to shine the light of Christ into an ever-darkening world that is desperate for truth and hope that leads to internal peace and contentment. People are catching on to the idea that the problems we face as a global community are not going to be solved through politicians or other man-made institutions that are rife with corruption and greed. Only the love of God can heal what ails our scared and anxious hearts, and that means we can be His messengers of the Good News of the Gospel at just the right time for a world that desperately needs to hear it.
So, are we in the end times? I have no idea, but I am pretty sure when Ii look at the condition of humanity that we are much closer to the end than to the beginning. However, I am convinced that God’s Spirit is hovering over the earth right now and drawing people out of the darkness and into His glorious light. Isaiah 60:2 seems to sum it up quite well “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” John 1:1-5 then promises us “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” So run to the light of Christ- He is waiting for you to emerge out of the darkness that is covering the earth right now and He is not bound by our definition of time and space.