Wednesday, 12 November 2008
IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE
Hello again folks! Last Sunday we visited our 'first' church; Temple Baptist Church; in Wolverhampton. It was Remembrance Sunday and it was a very poignant service. Pastor Tom Gritts delivered a message based on Ecclesiastes chapter 3 on the importance of remembrance in general; particularly of the things that God has done in the past and what He will do again - whatever situation we find ourselves in. It was a good message and it was good to be back in the pews.
Once again; it gave me reason to meditate and consider the works of God; both in my life personally and in general. From Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 we read:
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
In yesterday's blog ["Gordon Brown antichrist?"]; I mentioned the repeating nature of the Jewish concept of prophecy; so it can be seen clearly that all of life is a pattern of events and remembrance and so forth. It's very important to remember ... what others have done for us and especially what the Lord has done for us ... and what He will do for us [have a look at Isaiah 43:18-19].
George Santayana once famously said:
"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it"
Earlier in the Ecclesiastes; we read in chapter one; verses 9-11:
"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after."
Also; to illustrate my firm belief NOT in coincidence; last weekend I received the latest two  editions of the magazine 'CETF' [Contending Earnestly for the Faith]. In the September 2008 edition; page 5; "Seeing God in our Sufferings" by Philip Powell; I saw this marvellous quotation that was cited as anonymous:
"History repeats itself because no one was listening the first time"
So I've been thinking a lot on the sacrifices made by our predecessors ... not just in WWI and WWII .. but in the early church [i.e. Stephen et al] and those brave souls documented in 'Foxes Book of Martyrs' who stood against the might of the Roman Catholic cult on the word of their testimony and the Word of the Lord. And the six  million Jews murdered by the nazis during WWII. And what keeps coming to mind is this theme that not remembering the past is a precursor to certain future repetition. Never more than now. We know that Iran leads the 'Holocaust denial ' brigade and that is setting up the next generation for a big fall. Jerry Golden sent me this presentation "IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE" ... but be warned ... it's not pretty:-
And so all the things that the Lord Jesus Christ warned us about [in the Olivet Discourse] will certainly happen in the last days. Another holocaust is on the horizon - it groundwork is being laid and the end time players are coming out of the shadows onto centre stage. We must pray for and engage God's chosen people and present the True Gospel to them - not the christian religious rhetoric that so easily turns them off - while we still can [the same goes for gentiles too; by the way]. Yesterday's Armistice Day tributes and ceremonies were excellent opportunities to remember and learn from the past. Some of last weekends TV programming was truly moving.
But a greater tragedy beckons; either at point of death, at the rapture or at the end of the Tribulation - the Sheep and Goat judgement - the heartbreaking road for perdition for many souls and the road to glory for a relative few. True evangelism often offends the lost. The 'traditional' church is more interested in being inoffensive and media savvy than telling it like it is. So before history is wrapped up; and the seals, trumpets and vials are released; it seems impossible to not stand on the Word and be ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ and His message of True Salvation that is now freely available to fallen man but cost Him everything. Amen. Praise the Lord.
God bless you and God bless Israel .. KJS ... 12-Nov-2008