Yesterday, October 13, 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of over 4 on the Richter scale was felt in a large part of Oklahoma. According to officials this was the second strongest quake to ever hit our state.
Normally when people think of Oklahoma weather, they think of tornadoes. Our state does lie in the heart of tornado alley. However earthquakes are not uncommon to Oklahoma. We have had a larger number than normal so far this year.
Does this have any significance with reference to God’s word and the end of time? Some believe that incidents like this are a sign of the “end times”. There are many today who believe the second coming of Christ is upon us. They see “signs” in world politics, wars, in the modern state of Israel, natural disasters, etc. The important question that so many fail to consider is “what does the Bible say about the return of Christ”? Please note what Jesus says in Mt. 24:36 with reference to his return: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only”. No man knows when Christ will return. Please read Mk. 13:32-37; 2 Pet. 3:10; 1 Th. 5:1-6. In Mt. 24:4-35 Jesus is teaching about the destruction of Jerusalem which took place in A.D. 70. Then in Mt. 23:36-44 Jesus teaches about the end of time. In Mt. 24:44 Jesus says, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” No man knows when Christ will return. Instead of looking for “signs” we had better be looking to ourselves and make sure we are prepared for that glorious event.
Check out the following links for further study
http://www.tftw2.org/Tracts/secondcoming.htm The Second Coming of Christ
http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/11/05/the-death-clock/ The Death Clock
It is hard to imagine how relieved these miners must feel after being trapped for so long. We admire their courage! It is also rewarding to see how many people worked so hard to save them. As I am writing this article the men are being pulled to safety one by one. Not one miner expressed a desire to stay where he is so far beneath the earth’s surface. There are some great lessons we can learn from the rescue of these miners. The majority of people alive today are lost in sin. As these miners depended upon others to save them, so we must depend upon Christ Jesus for our salvation (Jn. 3:16; Heb. 2:9; Heb. 5:8-9). As these men were hopelessly trapped without outside help; men today are in a hopeless situation without Christ (Acts 4; 12; Jn. 14:6; Mt. 16:24, 26). These miners had to accept the way of escape provided. As far as I know not one of them complained about the means of their rescue. We also need to realize that Christ has provided a way of salvation for all mankind and he desires that all men be saved (Mt. 28:19-20; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 Tim. 2:4). It amazes me that so many reject the way of salvation Christ has provided and set up a religion that pleases them (Mt. 7:21-23). When Jesus says in Jn. 14:6 that” no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”; it seems plain enough that we need to find the way to the Father he has provided. Instead of looking to men and man made religious bodies we better look to Christ. There is a plan of salvation that brings one into Christ. It includes faith, repentance, confession of faith in Christ and baptism for the remission of sins (Heb. 11:6; Lk. 13:3; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:37; 1 Pet. 3:21; Rom. 6:3-4; Gal. 3:27). Upon our obedience to the commands of the gospel we are added to the church which is the kingdom over which Christ now reigns (Acts 2:47; Mt. 16:18-19; Col. 1:13; 1 Cor. 15:24). We must continue faithful until we die or Christ returns to have our eternal reward in heaven (Rev. 2:10). Please check out the following links for further study on this eternally important http://www.tftw2.org/Tracts/baptismsaves.html Does Baptism Save? http://www.tftw2.org/Tracts/stepsofsalvation.htm The Steps of Salvation? http://www.tftw2.org/Articles/blessingsinchrist.htm Blessings In Christ
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Prospects are everywhere. The vast majority of people we come in contact with are lost (Matthew 7:13-14) and need to be taught the gospel. We need to develop an interest in spiritual matters with them and ASKthem to study the Bible with us so they can learn the truth of God’s word, obey it, and go to Heaven. The only way to set up a personal Bible study is to ASK. We need to have the parents permission for those who are not 18 years of age. Continue reading