TW: Can You Discern the Signs of the Times?


The current issue of Tomorrow’s World magazine has the following:

Signs of the Times

by Michael Heykoop

A storm is gathering on the horizon. Are you prepared?

“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.”

For millennia, people have recognized that it would be beneficial to be able to read the signs of the times to predict future events. Sometimes the signs can be wide open for all to see, but only those who are able to put them into the right context can understand what they mean for the future!

Sailors, and others whose lives depended on the sea, learned that a red sky in the morning had a very different meaning than a red sky in the evening. Since most weather patterns move from west to east, a red sky in the evening—when the sun was setting in the west—meant that clear skies were ahead. By contrast, a red sky in the morning meant that the sun was lighting the underside of approaching storm clouds.

Jesus Christ referred to this very phenomenon when speaking to the Pharisees and Sadducees. “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening’” (Matthew 16:2–3).

The Pharisees and Sadducees did have a certain level of wisdom, which allowed them (among other things) to read the coming weather patterns. However, they were not as wise as they thought themselves to be. Christ rebuked them for their inability to read the signs of the times in which they were living. “Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:3). They were waiting for the Messiah to appear, but could not recognize that He was standing right in front of them! Later, Christ used a similar saying to teach His disciples to watch for His return (Matthew 24:32–35). He told them of signs that would accompany His return and the end of the age (Matthew 24:3).

Are you watching for the signs of the times? Do you see the gathering storm on the horizon? Paul described that, at the end of this age, “perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:1–5). What age could this describe if not the present one? The prophet Daniel describes the end of the age as a time when “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase” (Daniel 12:4). Think about the achievements in transportation in the past century, and the knowledge explosion that has come about through the digital age.

Tomorrow’s World presenters and writers are hosting a series of informative meetings to help subscribers better understand the dangerous time we are in, as well as God’s wonderful plan to save humanity from what would otherwise be certain cosmocide. Titled “The Gathering Storm,” these events are being held in cities across the United States and Canada. In July and August of this year, presentations will be held across the United States in Albany, New York; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Reno, Nevada; Sacramento, California and Worcester, Massachusetts. In Canada, presentations will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba and in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, as well as in several Ontario locations: London, North Bay, Ottawa, Sarnia, Sudbury and Thunder Bay. Other locations are being added: check the Web site for the latest location information.

There is a blistering red morning sky. The signs are there to see, but they cannot be interpreted properly without the context of God’s word—the Bible. The signs are pointing to a gathering storm that would destroy mankind entirely, were it not for the prophesied return of Jesus Christ to set the world in order! Are you prepared? Come to a Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation and learn what you and your loved ones can do to be ready.

Jesus taught about the signs:

1 Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’;  3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.  4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed. (Matthew 16:1-4)

7…And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:7-8).

8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows. (Mark 13:8)

Tougher times are coming.  Is this something that you can see?

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