EDITOR: The final days of earthâs history are upon us. While no one knows the exact day of Christâs return, Bible prophecies show that we are living in a period called âthe time of the endâ (Daniel 8:17). Indeed, we are living in the last days. Signs that foretell the coming of Christ are all around us â signs in the sun, natural disasters, distress of nations, wars and rapid deterioration in the personality traits of men, leading to all sorts of unimaginable crimes. Despite such obvious gloomy state of affairs, many are sealing their destiny in worldliness and pleasure-loving activities, such as Carnival.
By lifestyle, pleasure-seekers are saying âwe would not have Christ as our Leaderâ¦ we have chosen to be lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.â Right here at home, many â young and old â are preparingâ¦ not for the return of our LORD, but for Carnival! They are preparing âto loosen up, get high and get on bad, mash up the place, tear down the placeâ¦â Good judgment seems to go on holidays at this time. Infidelity, lewdness, promiscuity, indiscipline and drunkenness are promoted in the name of cultural expression. Such behaviours are against the principles of heaven and the revellers know this. Moreover, the Bible names âdrunkenness, revelling and such likeâ among the works of the flesh and warns that âthey which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Godâ (Galatians 5:21).
It is high time to awake out of the stupor of carelessness and give up the party-loving spirit. Christ calls you to a better way â the right way. He wants to convert you and to prepare you to escape the global destruction that is near ahead. Never does He send destruction without warning. Unfortunately, His pleadings are often slighted, mocked and scorned. And you, wretched oneâ¦would you continue to harden your heart in the deceitfulness of sin? Very soon probation will end. How shall you stand in that great day? Soon the wrath of God through the seven last plagues (Revelation15 &16) will be poured out upon the wicked. Who will save you then? Will you be found with the character of Jesus â with a purified mind keeping all of Godâs Ten Commandments? If you donât make God your refuge now, He will not be to you âa very present help in troubleâ when the earth is removed and the âmountains be carried into the midst of the seaâ (see Psalms 46). Your choice today determines your tomorrow. Today, as you hear His voice, harden not your heart.
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