There’s a picture in my mind of what the year 2015 will look like.
I envision a humongous bathtub, full of water. As long as the water isn’t disturbed by an outside source, it remains calm. Even when the water is disturbed, it eventually levels out and becomes serene.
It’s how our lives are much of the time. Everything’s calm, cool, and collected as long as we’re not bothered. And when disturbances do take place, life eventually settles down and levels out.
But things are changing. The world as we know it is coming to an end.
I’m not prophesying a doomsday catastrophe for 2015 as much as I’m declaring that changes are coming faster than we may have noticed; quicker than we’ve prepared for.
The water is becoming disturbed, but not from any specific world event that has, or will, happen. No, something else has caused the water’s movement.
The plug has been pulled. The water is draining. Time is running out.
And the closer the water is to the drain, the faster it swirls, causing greater tension, less control, and extreme difficulty for anyone attempting to change courses.
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.” (Matthew 24:37-39 NLT)
“But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.” (2 Peter 3:10 NLT)
Back in Noah’s day, people were partying, promoting “self” as the god to be worshipped; totally ignoring the work and word of Noah. The 8-10 billion earthly inhabitants completely wiped God off the face of the earth; or so they thought. They had reached the point where every thought, every action, was evil.
So God said, “No more. I can’t reach them through any conventional means. They won’t listen, so they cannot change. It’s time to pull the plug.”
It took 120 years for the tub to drain, but it finally did. And even though Noah was the laughingstock to his generation, only those safely within the Ark survived.
The rains came – just like God said.
The earth shook, and the deep opened up; again, just as the preacher of righteousness had proclaimed.
All laughter ceased the moment all Hell broke loose.
2015. The world is much like it was in Noah’s day. Man and his so-called wisdom is being touted as grand and glorious, the high and exalted one. Many believe man and his godless, self-improvement plan has reached such a high and noble mark he is just on the edge of Godlikeness. His intellect, inventions, and ideologies have lifted him far beyond the point of mere arrogance.
He will do what he pleases, when he “damn well” wants to; and no so-called higher power or out-dated deity can tell him otherwise.
So the plug has been pulled.
Notice what Paul wrote to Timothy regarding the “last days”.
“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT)
Was Paul writing about our day and age? It certainly appears so.
I don’t know when the tub will be completely drained. It may be some time. But the change in water level, and the increased pressure and flow around the drain, will be felt this coming year.
“So what should I do”, you ask?
Take a good look at your heart. What do you really believe? Who do you care about the most? Who has the final say about how you live your life?
Is Jesus simply a pastime for you? A hobby? Or is He truly the LORD of your life?
Are you ready to enter life on the other side of the drain? You see, water doesn’t cease to be once it drains from the tub. Neither does life cease once this present existence is through.
When’s the last time you had a heart to heart talk with God? Now just might be a good time; while there’s still water in the tub.
Yes, the water is moving; it’s level is lowering. 2015 will be a notable year.
The plug is pulled.
The future is here!