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Glaring Notices
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When I was a teen our family lived on a shoestring budget. One day after school I noticed a glaring, bright orange notice with black letters hanging on the door handle of our front door. It was from the electric company. If we didn’t pay our bill the electricity to our home would be shut off. I was a bit embarrassed by this sign on our door and quickly pulled it off, stepped into the kitchen and threw it on the table.

The Bible talks about glaring notices. The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk questions God’s use of the Babylonians in punishing Israel. When Habakkuk asks God to explain, the Lord said, “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it” (Habakkuk 2:2). In other words, God’s warnings can be short and sweet. They can be glaring notices meant to get our attention.

I recently sat with a group of Christian leaders who were planning a special event for our city. The theme for the occasion was the second coming of Christ. As we discussed how to communicate this event, one person questioned the interest people might have in Jesus’ coming. Another member of our group quickly responded, “I find many people I connect with sensing that this world is coming apart at the seams. And they are wondering if the end of the world is going to happen soon. Think of events that have taken place just recently.”

Intensifying Crisis

Our group began ticking off world issues that were causing concern for many: The BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, rioting in Greece, a bomb threat in New York, flooding in Tennessee, the failing economy in the United States, the earthquake in Haiti, the volcano eruption in Iceland, protests in Bangkok just to name a few. What struck me was how easy it is to create a list of major crises without much thought. It seems the events around the world are intensifying.

One day Jesus was talking with a group of religious teachers who wanted to see a “sign” from Christ. Jesus said, “When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:2, 3). It is as if Christ is saying, “I’ve given you notices of My soon coming, but you can’t see them.”

The world does appear to be falling apart at the seams. Are these “glaring notices” pointing at something that will soon happen? For those who are studying the Bible, we will see the signs of the times and be ready. For those who toss them aside, Christ will come as a surprise (1 Thessalonians 5:2). There’s a notice on your door. Can you see it? Are you ready?

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