He could come back tonight

“History repeats itself,” is an old expression. Most of us have heard it, Perhaps many times. Certainly this is true in a limited way. One good example that has gone through my mind many times is how national leaders have turned from doing what was right. Ancient Israel, God’s chosen people, did this over and over again. When God’s patience finally gave out He would punish them severely. Other nations used to persecute His people then were punished for their crimes.

America certainly has been God’s chosen and blessed nation since the 1700s. Our laws were based on God’s laws until the 1940s. The last 40 years have had the biggest changes in many many areas. Judges, politicians and even clergy are often different than they were until the 1940s. The Bible tells us that in the end times perilous times will come as the world gets worse and worse. Not only American and western Europe are changing, most of the world is also.

What should we do if we read the scriptures and are aware that something big is coming our way? The next big event could well be the coming of the Lord. We should be ready. First of all we should be children of God who live a life that is clean, pure and holy. We should be walking with God day by day. Those who are, can be looking for Him with joy. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:15 to 5:11. We can read the very words of Jesus in Matthew 24. We should tell others how to become God’s children. This can be given to them verbally and by written word.

Those who are living in sin willfully are not on the way to heaven but on their way to hell. Read I Corinthians 6:9, 10 or Galations 5:19-21. God has a simple solution to change all of this. I Corinthians 6:11 tells us, “And such were some of you. but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”

We are told that He will come in a day and hour when only God knows. I can think of no prophecy that has not been fulfilled. This is the position of many and likely most Bible teachers and preachers. The Bible tells us to meditate on God’s Word, be in prayer and stay in fellowship with God at all times. If the Lord comes back today, how many of my family and friends will be left behind? It will be terrible. This could be the last Chaplains Corner that I write.

For the 2013 Club, Aug. 4 takes us to Psalms 74 and Romans 5.

Have a safe and joyous two weeks.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the city of North St. Paul and the Washington County Jail, He is also a volunteer at the local food shelf.

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