Sunday, April 12, 2009

Preachers wife, crippled man, and a prophetic word

"At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens." Mark 13: 26 & 27

This story is paraphrased and was shared today by a woman that attends the Sunday School class my mother teaches. This lady has a friend that lives in the Lufkin area and the following scenario happened to her the other day. I found it to be profound and very appropriate given that today is Easter. How much time do we really have?

A preacher's wife was driving down the road late one night and passed an old man walking along the highway. Feeling guilty for not stopping her car, she quickly turned around and picked him up. He was really old and crippled or she otherwise wouldn't have stopped. When the man got in the car, he proceeded to speak prophecy to the preacher's wife. He told her that he wanted her to know that "The angel Gabrielle had his trumpet to his lips and was about to blow his trumpet!" The lady was apparently taken back and wasn't paying much attention to her driving. The man continued to tell her other things as well (we didn't get those added details). A few minutes later a cop was pulling her over. She apologized to the police officer, and said "I am so sorry, we got to talking about prophecy and I must not have been paying attention to what I was doing." The police officer replied, "Lady, I don't even want to hear it, you're the 6th person with that same story tonight and there is no one in your backseat." The old man was gone.

I have been thinking all day about what to post on this Easter Sunday. Pictures of my kids hunting eggs, a cute "tales from the crib" story, a devotional, and then someone told me this story. It brought everything back into perspective. I believe in Jesus. And because I believe that he was crucified, buried, and rose again - I have to believe that His word is true. If I believe that the Bible is 100% true and accurate (which I do), then I believe that Jesus will return for those that have accepted Him as their Savior. Because I believe in His work on the cross, I believe Him when he says his people will recognize the signs of His Second Coming. Do I believe you can pinpoint the exact day? No. Do I believe we can know when the time is near? Yes. Do I believe we are there? Yes, I do.

Will there be skeptics over this story? You bet. But, I will continue to believe that Jesus will come back for His children. I will continue to believe in a story like this that speaks of angels appearing in the form of man to warn people that time is short. And most importantly, I will continue to tell those around me what I believe, so that they are not left behind. How much time do we really have? Only God knows.

"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back --whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: "Watch!" Mark 13:32-37