“I was walking along – see a man on the street with wild eyes

  His hair was long & tangled – his clothes were torn

    a sight to our surprise ..

 He’s preachin’ of the changes – that’s soon to come to all –  thru his prophecies

  It’s coming soon he tells us – there’s nothing we can do

    It’s destiny ..

 

When it’s over – he tried to tell us what would happen then

When it’s over – we’d all be left alone without a friend

When it’s over – look out now! – It’s gonna happen soon

      When it’s over ……

 

 He seems to be thru now – the crowd that had gathered walks away

  The looks on their faces – seemed to show that they listened

    to his play ..

 The thoughts that he echoed – made us all look at what – we’ve become

  Just maybe there’s somethin’ – ’bout what he said

    and what’s got to be done ..

 

When it’s over – he tried to tell us what would happen then

When it’s over – we’d all be left alone without a friend

When it’s over – look out now! – It’s gonna happen soon

      When it’s over ……”

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I wrote these lyrics back in the late 1980s. .. We had reformed ‘Redeye” of former early 70s days & recorded an album, of which this song – “When it’s Over” – was a part. .. As some of you are already aware, I got ‘caught up’ in Bible prophecy in the late 70’s & these lyrics were obviously an offshoot of that passion. ..

Anyway. what I want you to notice is the last verse where its says “The looks on their faces – seemed to show that they listened to his play.” .. The point? .. People were still paying some attention to Bible prophecy in those days! .. In fact, there seemed to be a desire among many to seek it out as the world was starting its obvious acceleration into darker days ahead. .. Even many churches back then were teaching prophecy as a regular part of their messages. ..

Fast-forward some 30 years to now & we are seeing an entirely different ‘spiritual’ landscape. .. In fact, Bible prophecy has become, for the most part, a ‘thing of the past.’ .. People just don’t want to hear it anymore! .. Why? .. Surveys & polls show that the subject makes them feel ‘uneasy’ & ‘uncomfortable’ .. & what’s really sad? .. most all now feel that it is completely ‘outdated!” .. Wow! .. An even more tragic is the fact that over 90% of today’s churches have all but eliminated prophecy, which happens to be some one-third of the entire Bible! .. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 30:10 .. “.. Say to the seers, do not see, and to the prophets, do not prophesy to us right things;  Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.” .. Pretty plain …….

What I’ve discovered in general conversations with various pastors & church leaders from many different denominations is that most now feel that prophecy is just ‘to controversial’ & it’s much easier to avoid it! .. In addition to that, they also say that it ‘chases people away’ because it makes them nervous, primarily because it speaks of so much judgement. ..  .. Again, WOW! .. Heaven forbid if there may be consequences to the way we may be living! …

One more fact worth mentioning is that the cemeteries, I mean seminaries, are not teaching prophecy any more. .. One classic example of this is when a young pastor in the not too distant past asked me if I had any notes on the Seven Churches of Revelation, chapters 2 & 3. .. He said he wanted to do a brief teaching on this but had received virtually no prophetic instruction during his time in seminary. ..  The sad truth here is the fact that this young leader was in charge of a congregation of people & had received virtually NO instruction on a huge part of the Holy Scriptures! ..

In these “Days of Noah” (Matthew 24:37-39) we are witnessing this truth full force. .. People are going about their lives choosing to be oblivious to the truths of what the prophets foretold. .. The world is utterly falling apart & people are ignoring it! .. a third WOW! .. The prophet Daniel (I love this guy!) foretold in his chapter 12, verse 4 .. “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end;  many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”  .. Sounds exactly like today’s world doesn’t it? .. and it was written some 2500 years ago! ..

The prophet Amos said this about these days .. ” ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord God, ‘That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord.’ ” (8:11) .. Isn’t this also the truth today? .. Both the masses & the vast majority of Church leaders are ignoring the truth of the prophets! .. Think this has anything to do with what is happening in the world today? .. Why the darkness is increasing exponentially by the moment?! .. Simple proof of this fact is the history of Israel. .. Every time they turned their backs on God, we saw what happened to them … destruction of their society & nation! .. Are we exempt! .. I think not! ……

Here’s the simple truth. .. We are seeing our society coming apart at the seems! .. We are seeing an epidemic of suicides & drug use of which we have never witnessed before! .. Hatred & division is at an all-time high! .. Why? .. Because our God has been removed from our midst as a nation, and the few of us, the remnant, that hangs on to the truths of God’s teachings are now considered the haters & the cause of all the world’s ills! .. A forth WOW! … The evil “roaring lion” of 1 Peter 5:8 is running at full speed devouring the unaware masses that leave themselves vulnerable to his ways. .. How utterly tragic! ..

In closing, I do know that Bible prophecy can be difficult at times because it doesn’t always paint a rosy picture of what is coming upon this world right now. .. But isn’t this a reality? .. Don’t we realize that yes, there are consequences for bad choices? .. Both good & evil DO exist. .. Wouldn’t one want to know how to recognize the evil & then use the good to defeat it?! ..

Bible prophecy, if given even half a chance, can bring hope to many of you in this increasingly hopeless world. .. Just look at what the Apostle Peter tells us .. “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” .. (1 Peter 1:19) … Simply, truth brings light & hope …

Just remember .. there is hope for each & every one of you! .. All you have to do is turn your face to the one & only thing that can bring you this hope .. Jesus Christ! .. All His prophets & watchmen are doing is ringing the alarm bell to tell as many as possible that time is very, very short & that we must get our ‘spiritual houses in order before it’s too late. .. The good thing? .. There is still time! .. Hallelujah!! ….

Until next time,

Red

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