Signs of the Times
Are you good at reading the signs of the times?
Jesus said you know how to forecast the weather by
observing the cloud formations, but your cannot interpret the signs of
the times in which you live.
I live where we spend a lot of time during the year
watching the weather reports for the tropical storms and hurricane tracking, but
very few people are preparing themselves for eternity.
The context of the illustration was a day in which Sadducees and
Pharisees came to Jesus asking for a sign from heaven. After referring to
their ability to forecast the weather by looking at the sky, He said He would give them
only one sign, the sign of Jonah. Then Jesus told His disciples, Be on
guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
The word Pharisees means separated ones. They lived their
daily lives in strict observance of the Law of Moses and the oral commandments of the
scribes. They believed all the right things as Jewish people. They would have been outstanding citizens and
good church members in our day.
Why was their teaching wrong? Basically it was the
way they handled the Scriptures. They wanted to manipulate the signs so
they could have their preconceived kind of political Messiah. Jesus'
teachings and their political ideas clashed. Their interpretations were
The Pharisees believed in revelation of God, but they wanted to add
their own humanistic legalistic teaching to Gods revelation. Jesus came with the
good news of Gods pure saving grace, but they thought they could earn a right
relationship with God with their good works.
On the other hand, the Sadducees took away from Gods
revelation. They refused to believe Gods Word, miracles, angels and the resurrection
of the dead. Their agenda was whoever dies with the most toys in this life wins. They used
religion to accomplish that goal.
The Pharisees tried to live by the law rather than by Gods free
grace. They wanted to add to Christs work by their own good works and virtue. Trying
to live by good works and be justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone
is completely incompatible.
The Pharisees and Sadducees were unable to understand because they
did not want to understand. They refused to believe on Christ.
How will we survive in a wicked and adulterous
generation in which we live?
The only sign our generation needs is the sign of Jonah which is a
reference to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
People are unable to believe on Jesus Christ today because they do
not want to believe on Him.
We live in evil times and we need to be saved. The world system in
which we live is hostile to Jesus Christ and His righteousness by grace through faith.
Jesus said, I have chosen you out of the world (Jn. 15:19). The present age is
evil and hates Gods revelation in His Word and Jesus Christ.
However, the Bible is very clear that today is the day of salvation.
God has done everything for you in the death of Christ and on that basis is ready to
pardon and forgive you of all your sins.
God has given us time to repent and believe on Christ and be saved.
However, the time of opportunity is drawing to an end. It is time to repent and turn to
Christ. Your opportunity will not last forever. The day of Gods judgment will come
and it will be too late. Your opportunity to be saved will be gone and you will be lost
Are you able to interpret the signs of the times well enough to
repent of your sins and trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation? Your salvation now is
nearer than when we first believed. Believe on Him today and be saved. "And
there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under
heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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