Tim Malton, a British historian, proposes in his book ‘A very deceiving night’ that the sinking of the Titanic was due to an optical phenomenon. On the night of the sinking of the Titanic the atmospheric conditions were conducive for producing a super refraction that created a superior mirage that produced a false horizon, making objects appear different. Furthermore, because of the moonless night, the line between the true and false horizon was mashed, thus camouflaging the iceberg that the Titanic hit.
While Tim Malton’s book offers further insight into the events surrounding the tragic sinking of the Titanic and the loss of human lives, I would argue that the present conditions within the body of Messiah are conducive to producing a false horizon event. It is deceiving many believers and causing them to sleepwalk into the lies of HaSatan – humanity’s adversary. These lies are powerful and concerning because they promote the return of Messiah and the Day of the LORD out of context and void of the sign that must ensue before the appointed time.
Scripture informs us of the condition the world will be in prior to Messiah’s return; one speaks of a great deception. As this deception gathers momentum, there are those that discern the signs but many who do not. These are those who sway to every wind and doctrine and to the voice of the false prophet. Just as the sailors on watch on the Titanic did not see the iceberg, so too are Christians, for the most part oblivious to the events that are unfolding. This is the time the Bible refers to as Jacob’s Trouble or the Tribulation.
For most, they believe that we will be taken out of the world in an event called the rapture and thus escape the time of trouble. However, I would argue that this belief is not found within scripture, but rather read into scripture, as people read what they believe in the text rather than believing what they read in scripture – understanding the text as a child would. Accepting the misunderstanding of scripture, they do not understand the times we are living and thus fail to see the fast approaching day of the LORD. Therefore, just as Tim Malton’s book title ‘A Very Deceiving Night,’ the Church is not being a light in the darkness, because it has been deceived and thus has failed to be the watchmen and witnesses God intended the Church to be in the world.
I urge you to prepare, to make ready, for the only way we can understand the times we are in, is to draw near to God and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As believers, we are to ‘…live by faith, not by sight.’ If we live by what our flesh comprehends and sees, then we will be open to deception. Instead let us be guided by the Holy Spirit.
Friends, I believe that the Day of the LORD is at the door. I believe that this is evident in what both the true prophets of God are saying and in what the secular prophets are reporting. Thus it is time for us to draw near to God and seek Him while He may be found, and put our ‘house in order,’ and make ready. Once we have done that, we can then proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom to the lost, as we make ready to meet our King.
Paul writes in his letter to the Church in Galatia:
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.(Galatians 6:7-9)
While many see the day of the LORD has the actions of a vengeful God, in reality they are the consequence of what humanity has sown. For God has, thus far, been gracious to humanity. However, the sin of humanity will eventually reach the throne of God and therefore require God to act in judgment. What we should understand is that God always shows mercy in His judgment.
What we read in the book of Revelation, is a message from God to His people, on what will transpire during the Day of the LORD. Yet in the most part, the Church remains ignorant of the message of Revelation because they seek to understand it without first trying to understand the other prophetic books of the Bible, especially the Torah. To understand what will transpire in the days ahead, one MUST read the book of the covenant, what the Church calls the Old Testament, for within it are held the keys to unlocking the book of Revelation.
Scripture informs us that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). What this means is that prophecy is cyclical, as is history. Therefore, if we seek to understand what will be in the end times, we only need to look at the patterns found in scripture. For example, the First Exodus reveals the pattern of the Greater Exodus that will take place in the latter days. It is not God’s plan for us to be raptured at the beginning. His plan is that believers are to leave Babylon, the world system, and our homes, to go into the wilderness of the people, to the appointed places God has prepared for them. As we do this, trusting in God all the way, He will guide, nourish and teach us, while we head to the promised land. At the same time we leave God to judge the nations. However, if we do not harken to the words of God and go when He says go, then we will take part in the judgment He has ordained for Babylon.
I encourage you to put aside any preconceived thoughts you have and draw near to God and ask Him to reveal Himself and His truth to you, while you study the word of God. When you seek Him, your physical and spiritual preparations will unfold. False horizons will not deceive you. The plans of HaSatan will not prosper and those that have prepared, will meet the King.