‘”As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  38) For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;  39) and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” .. Matthew 24:37-39 – NIV ..

The American presidential election has come & gone and, although many are frightened & sucking their collective thumbs as to what may transpire next, many more are rejoicing in what they anticipate will be a positive move in the right direction for a nation that has been in decline in recent years. .. Optimism abounds! .. Just look at these initial reactions … Stocks are going boom! .. Since Trump’s surprising victory, stocks in all three indexes (Dow, S&P 500 & Nasdaq) have set new all-time records. .. Wall Street is ecstatic! .. Business executives are pumped! .. Leaders in most all business sectors are now expecting an incredible turnaround in the overall economy – here & abroad. ..

OK .. That’s all good. .. Hope in most cases is a good thing .. but .. it would seem that many of the dangerous & potentially catastrophic issues facing us today have been somehow swept under the rug .. that all is now forgotten and gone forever! .. But nothing could be further from the truth. .. Let’s just glimpse at a few of these issues … The Federal Deficit is now just a few dollars away from $20 Trillion! ..Social division in this land, according to credible sources, has never been greater. .. This was a quote from Sheriff David Clarke (Milwaukee, Wi) just this morning … “This is a war, and Black Lives Matter is the enemy.”  .. He went on to say that a civil war is unfolding within our borders – a war between ‘rule of law’ & ‘anarchy-seeking hate.’ .. He’s right! .. The division we are currently witnessing in this land is at a fever pitch! .. What does that mean? .. Let’s let scripture tell us … “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” .. Matthew 12:25 .. The Nation of Israel is a classic example of just what I’m talking about. .. Just look at their history. .. All they were required to do was follow God’s established laws & they would have prospered & survived all that Satan threw at them .. but no, that was not to be. .. Hence, they have been in exile for some 2000+ years! ..

Which brings me to the next, and arguably the most lethal issue of them all, and that is America’s complete abandonment of everything that God has said we should be. .. Just the moral slide alone is absolute evidence to this truth. .. Simply, we as a nation have taken the issue of ‘Separation of Church & State’ to its highest possible level! .. God has, & is continuing to be removed from all facets of this society! .. The general consensus is that we just don’t need His guidance .. now, or at any time going forward. ..

How naive! .. It simply shocks me that our leaders today, most considered intelligent, have never learned from the history of all the fallen nations in past times. .. But then again, it is prophetic that this is how it would be in these final days …. that mankind would carry on as before, always trusting in their own desires.

And that seems to be the general consensus among those who are now rejoicing in America’s ‘new’ direction .. that these newly elected people will fix it all & we will experience blissful days ahead. .. How utterly tragic! … The Bible tells us… “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” ..1 Corinthians 3:19 .. Also, Proverbs 14:12 says,  “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” …

What I’m trying to get across is that all the optimism & joy we are witnessing today will not last but a moment .. unless .. we turn as a nation back to the ways of God. .. Placing our hope in an election process, or any other human process, can never succeed without God’s blessing. .. Sadly, I’m not seeing that today.

In closing, being hopeful & positive in our nation’s changing political climate is fine, but my humble appeal to you is that you would not be lulled to sleep & that you would place your full hope in the one & only thing that can & will last for the long haul, & that is faith & trust in Jesus Christ. .. Through Him, all else will pale in comparison. ..

Finally, we need to continue to pray for each other constantly, because scripture is very clear in its teachings ..  that although we may experience temporary respites along the way, in the final analysis, all things will continue to spin out of control as we draw ever closer … but thankfully, it will be short-lived. .. Jesus is coming soon to take us from all these earthly fires! … Hallelujah!!!

Until next time,

Red

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