We are excited to meet together in-person again. It may take some time to get back to where things were before, but the Elders appreciate everyone’s cooperation, patience, and willingness to prefer others, especially during this time. Please review the guidelines of Central Church’s Re-Opening Playbook on Central Church Facebook Page. The Elders will re-evaluate these guidelines and will update as needed. 

 

 

Signs Are Everywhere

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Usually, when we are able to look back on an event that “rocks our world”, we are able to identify signs that would have indicated trouble was coming.  At times, the problem is that we didn’t see them, or ignored them, as not being something to be concerned about. 

In the Bible, prophecy gives us the ability to look forward and see ahead of the present, what signs to look for and events that may give us a clue that something is going to happen.  The Great Tribulation, a seven year period of trouble over the whole earth, is one of those events.  Tribulation refers to troubling times.  We don’t know when it will come.  The Bible is clear that it will be a surprise, but there will be signs.  I believe it is getting closer, along with Christ’s return. 

Whether you believe Christians will be spared and taken before the Tribulation (pre-tribulation rapture) or that Christians will be taken up after the Tribulation (post-tribulation rapture), we all should not take certain signs lightly.  We should all be more motivated, during these times on earth, to share the Gospel, because of these troubling times and the hope that will help us endure whatever we have to face. 

You may be considering some things you think are “end times” signs.  I think that a Tribulation, that is severe, should be preceded by somewhat troubling signs.  There seem to be many of those “troubling signs” in the time we are living.  Things like: geopolitical upheaval, crucial diseases, wars, natural disasters (fires, major storms, climate changes, etc.), and economic instabilities; just to name a few. 

We, as Christians, should not require signs in order to believe, but we should recognize situations that could be signs, and consider their meaning and reason for our benefit.  As recorded in John 16:33 Jesus said: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

As was mentioned before, no one will know when it will all happen, we just need to be prepared.  “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” (2 Corinthians 5:1).  Jesus is preparing a place for each of us.  He has been working on it for some time, even though He didn’t need the time, but we do. What a place to look forward to. 

Max Lucado, in his book called “When God Whispers Your Name”, said: “We may speak about this future place where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night; but those are just the benefits of heaven.  The beauty of heaven is seeing God. 

Don’t miss your signs!

 

God Bless You!  -  Pastor Rod