Thursday, July 18, 2019

001 Would You Rather

"Would You Rather" is a conversation game that poses a pair of choices from which one must choose. The answer given usually leads to discussion giving the rationale for the choice or challenging the selected response. Answers of "both" or "neither" are not acceptable. The question begins, "Would you rather", and is followed by two choices which are most often two positive or two negative options.

 

Some questions are simple and fun to discuss, such as, "Would you rather",

…own your own boat or your own plane?

…sweat melted cheese or always smell skunk?

…be able to fly or be invisible?

Other questions require more serious thought and discussion, such as, "Would you rather",

...save the life of a starving African child that you will never meet or have an actual, working lightsaber?

...have no one show up to your wedding or have no one show up to your funeral?

...have everlasting fame and fortune and nothing else or be with your love and nothing at all?

 

My question is this:

Would you rather know what terrible events are on the horizon or remain oblivious to the events until they fall upon you with destruction?

 

In this day of ISIS, superpower saber rattling, natural disasters and more, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the bad news and wickedness and bury one's head in the sand hoping that it will all pass by. When the prophetic scriptures are brought into the view of the times in which we live, it is easy to dismiss them as fear mongering or just another in a variety of interpretations of something that no one can understand.

This leads to another question.

 

Would you rather ignore prophecy and signs of the times to your own peril or declare the signs of what is on the horizon and look the fool to the world at large?

 

The first question I asked is easier to answer as it only concerns how I feel. No real threat to my well being is perceived. The second question, however, is answered by observation of our behavior and only self-deception can do away with the conflict that arises if our actions do not agree with what we believe the correct answer should be.

Most churches hear little to no teaching on prophecy from the pulpit and rarely in other group studies. Since prophecy makes up approximately one quarter of scripture, it would stand to reason that those who claim to preach the whole counsel of God would touch on prophetic scriptures fairly regularly. We would do well to also consider that twice as many scripture passages deal with the second coming of Christ than that of the three hundred plus passages fulfilled in His first coming.

The fulfilled prophecy builds our faith and confidence that the bible is in fact the Word of God. There is no religion that has a book like the bible that makes predictions hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of years in advance of their fulfillment. The prediction is of no importance without the accurate or precise fulfillment at a future date. Some say that roughly ninety percent of all biblical prophecies have been fulfilled. That leaves approximately ten percent  dealing with future events. For the logical side of our intellect, what percent of accurate fulfillment would we require before we would confidently believe the remainder will be fulfilled as well?

This is the beginning of a series of articles that I hope will cause us to wonder if it is plausible that the final chapter of life on our planet as we know it is upon us. Some will choose to not want to know. Some will not want to think along to discover the answers. But a few will be willing to consider the questions and seek truth in revelation from God.

Those who discover the truth of the events revealed in the Word of God will learn how to navigate the treacherous waters of our world's future. Those who choose otherwise will suffer the consequences of the wickedness and judgment that is about to befall this world. That is not to say that these articles are the only place to discover such truth. I am saying that not knowing what scripture teaches concerning the days to come is a perilous venture and enormous risk.

One thought to close this first installment is to consider chapter sixteen, verses one through three, of the Gospel according to Matthew. Jesus criticized the pharisees for not recognizing the signs of the times. Will we be criticized in like manner?

The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?