Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven

Thousands of feet above Jerusalem, looking down on the Dead Sea, during the most breathtaking moment since Creation, on the most significant day in Human History: Where will you be when it happens? “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:30 NIV.

 

 

 

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Listen Carefully. There Are No Coincidences. Only Whispers.

This is a true story; 56 years in the making. I was a 14-year old, high school orator-in-waiting, preparing for my first statewide competition. Mrs. Schroedel, my eccentric debate coach, suggested a Bible verse might be a compelling way to start my speech. I didn’t own a Bible, in fact had never touched one, but my father kept a hand-me-down copy, given him as a child by his mother. I slipped into my bedroom, carefully closed the door, opened the strange book to a random page, closed my eyes and touched the page with my index finger.

And that’s when it happened: In His very special, inaudible way, God “whispered” to me.

I memorized the verse, wrote the speech, (which won the championship), and spent 31 years before I touched a Bible again. Today, at age 70, I live for it, hunger for it, and never go a day without reading and thinking about it. As it turns out, God had chosen the course of my life all those years ago, and had begun preparing me for a world, teetering on the brink in 2017.

Out of 31,000 verses in the Bible, the scripture God whispered to me was Matthew 24:6-8.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

 

 

 

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And in the End, God wins.

To know and understand our loving God in tomorrow’s world, will require a total paradigm shift. Everything we think we know about reality will change in one transcendant moment, and the wonderment of God will have returned forever. Mysterious? Absolutely. Beautiful beyond words? Undeniably.

But not stunning. Not unbelievable.

After all, we know the story. John first told it from a cave on Patmos. It is the perfect beginning, of the irrefutable ending, of a story as old as man. Older.

Before we begin to plumb the depths of this extraordinary unfolding, let’s retell the back story; one last time.

It was bad. Satan seemed to have everything his way. But then, the priceless denouement. Our Lord returns.

And in the end, God wins.

 

 

 

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What Do You Do When A Dream Comes True?

What do you do
When your heart’s so full
It seems it will BURST with
just one pull ?
Why, you go ahead and pull those
strings,
And watch the Joy the
Outpouring brings
To the Master Designer
Who’s planned it all;
Having rescued you from
mankind’s fall,
He delights in your joy in
HIS PLAN, HIS CALL.

His sparrows fly;
His beavers build …
Should you not also be fulfilled
In your place in life –
The place He’s had planned
and held all these years
In His loving Hand?

So, what do you do when a dream
comes true?
You do what your heart tells you
to do:
You bless the One who gave it
to you…
Yes, gave you the dream;
now the dream come true.
You bless the LORD.
THAT’S what you do!

A Poem by Sarah Judith Schaffer

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