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“Dark Clouds”
by Art Sadlier   
September 1st, 2011

As the ark floated on the waters that covered the earth, Noah could not see the waters as the window looked toward the sky. But at some point it dawned upon Noah, that there was not a living soul left alive on the face of the whole earth.

One morning Abraham came out of his tent and as he looked toward the east he saw a great cloud of sulfur that filled the eastern horizon. Abraham came to the realization that all the men of Sodom and Gomorrah, except Lot and his two daughters, had perished in the judgment of God.

One of these days the trumpet of God will sound and the Lord’s people will be caught up to the Father’s house. Just as Noah was caught up above the earth on the waters of the flood, and just as Lot and his two daughters were in the mountains above valley of judgment below, so the church will be caught up to the safety of heaven. There will not be a living believer alive on the earth at that moment. When the seven years of the tribulation period is over and the Lord comes back to the earth in judgment there will not be a living unbeliever left alive on the face of the earth.

As we stand on the threshold of that awful time our hearts are grieved over the fate of the unsaved around us. If men could only understand what awaits them, at least they would have opportunity to repent and be delivered from the coming wrath of God.

Today our world is seething in rebellion against a loving, gracious God who is offering mercy and grace to all who will respond to His offer of salvation through faith in His Son.

We are told that in the last fifty years as many as one billion babies have been murdered in their mother’s wombs. Men and women inherently know better than to commit such atrocities. We read in Romans 1:18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” That verse literally says that the wrath of God is reserved in heaven, waiting the day when it will be poured out on those who knew better but sinned against that knowledge.

God has laid out in His Word and in the hearts of men His plan for the family and for propagating the human race. That plan involves one man and one woman being joined together by God Himself in a union which is not to be broken. Adultery and homosexuality are rebellion against God. Today that plan and purpose of God is under universal attack. Man is defiantly rejecting God and His Word in this whole matter. That age long rebellion is now coming to great crescendo of defiance against God.

We are now reading about the first steps in a movement to desensitize society’s feelings toward pedophilia. Fox News posted the following item, “Mental Health Group Looks to Remove Stigma from Pedophilia.” The article went on to say, “A group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals say it's time to change the way society views individuals who have physical attractions to children.”

The article concluded, “Critics of the effort also note that the movement likens its fight for pedophilia acceptance to society's more recent embrace of homosexuality. They warn of a slippery slope to a time when pedophilia is "just another lifestyle choice" that won't warrant criminal charges—and will leave young children at risk.

What better definition of depravity can we have?

We have been shocked to the very depth of our souls as we have discovered that we are standing on the very threshold of the era of trans-humanism. Without public awareness scientist, with government funding, have been secretly working for some time to mix the genes of animals and men to create post human creatures. Some scientists believe that endless life is attainable. Some of this experimentation is being conducted in laboratories beyond the borders of the countries in order to circumvent the laws of the land.

It has been reported that studies have been done concerning how democracy would be affected and how post-human rights would be arrived at.

The military have determined that enemy countries are working on using the DNA of animals to create super soldiers. They have taken the position that they have no alternative but to develop these post-humans in order to survive in future warfare. All of this has been carried on without public knowledge and they are now debating how to, and how much they can reveal to the public.

We are aware of the fact that in the end times the Bible indicates that the sins and issues of the early days of man will be revisited. With that thought in mind we refer you to Genesis 3:22, “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” Perhaps the greatest tragedy that could have happened for the human race would have been for man to eat of the tree of life and live forever in his fallen state. That would have doomed him to live in sin forever without hope of salvation. The tree of life would perhaps seem to be the human genome system?

Today, it would seem that men are on the verge of doing what God prevented Adam from doing. Today some men believe that they are on the verge of creating post humans that can live forever. Man’s rebellion against God is coming to great climax in the immediate future.

We suspect that there two possible scenarios that could play out.

First God will intervene and terminate the present age through the judgment of the tribulation period.

Second God will allow men to introduce post humans and destroy them in the coming tribulation period.

I must admit that I have no idea which of these scenarios will play out. What God has not revealed to us we gladly leave in His hands. We ought not to be preoccupied with vain speculations; we have enough revealed truth to occupy our undivided attention.

Perhaps the greatest area of rebellion that we see in the present hour is the rebellion of the whole world in seeking to eliminate God’s chosen people Israel. Perhaps never in all of the history of mankind has the world so come together in unity of purpose such as it has concerning Israel today.

The UN is about to vote on the establishment of a Palestinian State on Israel’s God Promised Land. It seems that there may be a few nations that will abstain or support Israel. We know that ultimately all the nations will turn against Israel at the end of the tribulation period. Today it seems to me that the world is like a symphony orchestra which is tuning up for the ultimate attempt to destroy Israel.

Our world is now in a state of rage against God and His Word and His requirements for mankind. Everywhere you look you see this rebellion against God.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:7 we are told of a day when all restraints to sin will be removed from the earth. “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.”The word “let” means to hinder or prevent. The Holy Spirit is now indwelling the church and is carrying on a restraining ministry through the church. That ministry is a ministry of hindering evil in the world. We are salt and light in this present evil world, through our lives and testimonies the Holy Spirit is restraining evil. When the church is caught up out of the world the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit will come to an end. Evil will be totally unrestrained. The cover will be taken off of sin and it will be seen in all of its true essence. What a terrible time that will be! It seems to me that as we draw near to that time we are seeing Satan restless to fill the earth with an avalanche of iniquity. We are seeing an exponential increase in evil in this very hour, which is a sign of the times.

We are grieved as we see a holy, loving God being so dishonoured and blasphemed by a wicked society. How should we respond in these grievous days? I believe Peter gives us the answer in 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Now is the time to proclaim the truth of the gospel such as we never have before. We can stand between some precious souls and hell.         

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