Signs of the Times - Friday's Timely Dose March 9th 2012

Friday's Timely Dose March 9th 2012 

  Signs of the Times   

"But Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal it up so that
it will not be understood until the end times, when travel and
education shall be vastly increased." - Daniel 12:4 (TLB).

In 1927 in Signs of the Times, John Lewis Shuler wrote:
"Sir Isaac Newton made a most daring forecast two hundred
years ago regarding a future development in rapid transit,
which at that time seemed absolutely beyond the possibility of
ever seeing realization. Newton declared that he was convinced
from a study of Bible prophecy that there was destined to be a
marvelous increase in the speed of transportation on the earth.

"'I believe,' Newton said, 'that in the providence of God, though
the method now be entirely hidden, men will yet travel on the
earth at the rate of fifty miles an hour.' Newton lived from
1642-1727. In his day the most rapid travel by land was by horse.
Stagecoaches drawn about eight miles an hour by horses held
the record on land."

I imagine that many would have thought that Newton was crazy
when he based such a wild prophecy for his day on what he had
read in the Bible. He was certainly right, even if he grossly
underestimated the speed at which people would travel in the
future. Imagine if he could have seen our day when thousands
of people are flying daily across the world at speeds more like
500 mph., not to mention the incredible speed that astronauts
travel when circling the earth and/or fly to the moon.

So what about Daniel's prophecy approximately 2,500 years
ago? Many Bible students believe that we are living in or are
close to the end times—the time when Jesus Christ will come
again. Not only has travel speed vastly increased but think
about knowledge. We are living today in a time of a knowledge
explosion—especially so because of computers, the Internet,
email and blogs.

Christ's first coming is an indisputable fact of history. He
promised he would come again so we can be just as certain
of his second coming—but only God knows the exact day
and hour. The important thing is not the date of Christ's return,
but that we are ready for him when he comes. "Therefore,
keep watch," Jesus said, "because you do not know on what
day your Lord will come. So you also must be ready, because
the Son of Man [Jesus Christ] will come at an hour when you
do not expect him." - Matthew 24:42, 44 (NIV).

Prayer: Our Loving Father in Heaven, thank you for your
promise that you will come again for all who believe in you and
trust in you. Help me to make sure that I will be ready for that
day should it come in my lifetime so I will not be embarrassed
at your coming. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Friday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team