|Posted on July 26, 2019 at 1:05 AM|
Matthew 16:1-5 (AMPC)
16 Now the Pharisees and Sadducees came up to Jesus, and they asked Him to show them a sign (spectacular miracle) from heaven [attesting His divine authority].
2 He replied 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 stormy today, for the sky is red and has a gloomy and threatening look. You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
4 A wicked and morally unfaithful generation craves a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Then He left them and went away.
Matthew 16:1 Of the three major sects of Judaism of that day (Pharisees, Essenes, and Sadducees), the Sadducees were a small but influential group that philosophically denied the supernatural and gravitated instead toward political control of the people.
Matthew 16:4 The “sign of Jonah” points to Jesus in many ways. Jonah being thrown into the sea points to Christ’s death. Being swallowed by the fish for three days points to Christ’s burial. And being expelled from the fish speaks of Christ’s resurrection and triumph over death, which is the greatest “sign” God could ever give. The resurrected Jesus is the eternal sign that our sins are forgiven.
What are the signs of the times that you notice? I have definitely noticed how fast time is speeding? Then have you seen the evil that is being pushed all over the world? Not just the Middle East, but Europe, and our nation as well. Norway is in the business of taking kids from their parents? For what reasons? One infant was a pound under weight; threy called it abuse and took the infant from its mother. Another couple had 4 children removed, because they were home schooling their kids and teaching Christian values to them. We know many countries are persecuting Christians for their faith.
In many countries andd US as well, children and young adults are made slaves kidnapped into the profitable sex trade. And all must notice the murdering of unborn babies is causing the death of millions of children every year. Seems it's being pushed as a woman's right to murder her child if she doesn't want it. It hurts my heart, and how that must wound God's heart too.
Unnatural sex is claimed as a "natural" behavior now. Even changing God-given sexual parts of bodies is condoned.
Is this what God's perspective sees as He views this beautiful earth He created for us? He even gave us a book of instructions on how to live happily on this earth. Of course, His enemy who was kicked out of heaven is attempting to mess up God's plan for us. Unfortunately, he's working hard with disceptive words and lying thus gaining many followers. He calls evil good and good evil convincing confused minds.
Is God sitting back and watching the battle froom an easy chair? Absolutely not. He'e working with those who know Him to guide and empower them in the fight. We have no clue as to all He is doing behind the scenes, but we know He is moving. From over 2000 years ago He has been setting up our victory.
My friends, please know that God even sent His Son Jesus to become a human being on our earth for two reasons. One was to show us how much God loves us. The second was to take on the punishment for our sins which actually removes our sin nature and we are reborn with a God-nature. This is His gift to us. If we choose to accept this gift (and it's there waiting for us to choose to take it) we become new creatures with new natures; we can develop a deep loving relationship with God. It is a beautiful and rewarding life we are reborn into. You can simply ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life, and He will cleanse all your sins and guide you in your life journey.. You will never know another love so fathomless, intense, tender, and faithful.
God's perspective sees all. Come be a part of the light of the love of those who know Him and have a marvelous intimate relationship with Him. Be a light in the world! Spread the good news of our salvation! Invite others to be freed from satan's clutches, join in God's army and fight the enemy!