A Sign of the Apocalypse

We had a nice day on Saturday, a not so nice day on Sunday, and snow today.  Snow after the beginning of daylight savings time.  A sign of the Apocalypse.  Or Armageddon or the Rapture depending on what you tend to call the end of all things.

We joke about these things but seriously…

Consider what’s going on in Japan.  I know the burden of our thoughts should be on the suffering of those people.  These are not just events that have political and financial implications.  Those are real people over there, real people who have suffered lose and trauma, who’s lives were forever changed in an instant.  Still you can’t help but think about the global impact of this tragedy.

Japan’s economy has suffered a major blow that will be felt world wide.  Will their economy ever fully recover?  Will this finally kill the nuclear energy option?  How would that affect the world wide price of energy?

There are places in history that we point to as watershed events when things changed forever.  We have seen more than one of these in the past decade.  There have been times like this before where people said that it was fulfillment of prophecy or that the end was near and it turned out to be not so.  Maybe this time it is the end, or maybe not.  We shall see.  Regardless, I think things have changed and we will not go back to the way things were.  The world has changed and I think for us here in the affluent west it won’t be for the better.

I know this sounds negative and maybe cynical but the truth that this world, this life will never be peaceful.  If our peace and joy depend on a good salary, two nice cars, a nice home, a happy retirement we have set ourselves up for bitter disappointment.  The promise that was given to us, the hope that we have is not found in this world.  Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place for us.  There, and only there, we will find peace and contentment and joy that will last for eternity.

About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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One Response to A Sign of the Apocalypse

  1. manoahswife says:

    Thank you for your post. The tragedy in Japan is something we can not even imagine. My husband sent this e-mail out to everyone in his considerable address book:

    “My Uncle spent his life sowing the seeds of the gospel in Japan. He went home to be with the Lord from Japan. His son has continued the family legacy of love for the people of Japan and sharing the gospel and sowing into the nation. Japan, a nation that has many gods, none of which could do anything to protect the nation from the disaster of the recent days, a disaster that has not finished playing out yet.

    “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.” Ps 2:8 (ESV)

    God used 120 ordinary people in a small upper room to change the course of history for the entire world. My Uncle, my cousin and many, many others have labored sowing the seeds of the gospel of Christ in Japan for many years. They are now joined by Japanese Christians who have also chosen to serve the Lord of Life. Now is the time to ask God to give us Japan and that as Japan rebuilds, that first and foremost she would be rebuilt on the solid foundation of the Word of God that can not be shaken.

    “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matt 18:19 (ESV)

    Let’s take our Lord at His Word and agree together and ask for a nation.

    I ask you to agree with me that God would give us Japan for His Kingdom, right now.

    1) That God would pour out His Spirit on Japan today like He did in the upper room. That all the missionaries from all the churches of Christ and all their members would be energized by the Holy Spirit like never before to take the nation together for God’s Kingdom. That the impact of this harvest would be felt throughout Japan and throughout the world as a testimony to the Lord.

    2) That His servants would rise up in power and share the gospel like never before to a nation shaken to the core of their being and looking for answers

    3)That all the seed that has been sown in previous seasons and generations until now would prosper and that millions of new disciples would come into the Kingdom and change the course of history in Japan and throughout the world.

    May God’s Church Rise Up and serve her King!”

    As you can tell, Japan is something close to my husband’s heart. Our prayers join yours for the many who are suffering in unimaginable ways in Japan. They need a Hope where there is no hope and Love where there is great suffering.

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