A Voice in the
July 28, 1997
End of the World
"You know...this might be the last time you get to do this." Words to this effect from a friend as I was making plans for what became a little overnighter two-day trip on my motorcycle this past weekend. This, in the context of, "what route should I take?"
I was very tired, as business has been keeping me busy lately, so was thinking to take the "shorter route" ...over via Stevens Pass, and back via Snoqualmie. But as I took off Saturday morning, and was making such good time, my friend's words were sticking in my mind, gnawing away, and thought, "Naw! I can go over the North Cascade highway, and come back Stevens. The extra 75 miles won't be a problem." And, boy, was I glad I did!
OK...before you get to thinking I'm simply going to tell you about my motorcycle ride...hang on! During the course of this trip, which was simply for the sake of "getting out of town" I had many thoughts and observations about the "Last Days" we live in, and how the world is dealing with it.
First of all, what was this friend's comments about? The "last time?" Anticipation of Christ's "imminent" return. Fully expectant before 1997 ends. (I won't give you dates being anticipated. We don't know. 'Just waiting expectantly.) That, likely, this would be the last occasion I would be making this trip before the Lord returns.
When I got to Washington Pass, elevation 5500ft (aprox), compared to foothills near sea-level. Not at all unlike other spectacular passes like Beartooth at 10,000ft (compared to 5000ft plateau). Except, here, you can breathe. I had forgotten its awesome splendor from a previous trip, what with the memories of the big rock we hit, which punctured the water pump and bent the frame and exhaust system on the bike that time. A very steep climb, and once up there, the vistas not at all unlike what Glacier Park offers. (Those of you from Europe, Mongolia, Alaska would likely consider this to be nothing compared to what you probably have. But for "me" it is quite something!)
As I was winding my way up the east side, seeing how tall and sheer the formations were, my thoughts went to God's Power. The power that pushed all that massive rock up into the air. The power that gouged out the valleys.
Then, I was reminded of how all that I was seeing at that very moment, in the not very distant future is going to be shaken FLAT. "Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; (Isa40:4)
While I was at a grocery store getting some soda to have in the motel room with me, I spied a tabloid. I usually look at them, laugh and shake my head. But there were two different ones with ominous words about the "End of the World." One was saying, by "Dec 31, 1997." This time I decided to buy them, just out of curiosity as to what the world is saying about things. They approach the issue with Scripture as being some sort of "book of magic" (my interpretation),etc. Another spoke of some evangelist who preaches from the Bible. Apparently there is also supposed to be some modern day "Nostradamus" who is making predictions. One of which is, that within the next 4 years, the western half and parts of Florida of the U.S. will sink into the ocean. Aah, let's see. "Then every island fled away and the mountains were not found." (Rev16:20)
Once settled into the motel, I needed to find a place to have supper. Wouldn't you know it, there, across the street in a shopping area that had been built up since the last time I had stayed at this particular motel, was a Japanese sushi restaurant. Oh boy! Oh boy! Having grown up in Japan, and Spokane not being known for its Japanese food, I was delighted. My mind was musing on my friend's words, "...the last time you get to do this..." And, Oh boy! The Lord is letting me have some Japanese food during this "last trip!" An excursion like this one couldn't get any better!!
Before bed time, a little TV. A show about alien abductions, including Marki Post playing the part of the "mother." The mother and daughter had been abducted repeatedly in order to provide for the aliens' reproduction. In the same context, as the daughter was returned, she was preaching a message of "protect the environment," which astounded even the grown-ups for all its wisdom. And in the end, the aliens comforting them with the assurance that they meant "no harm" and ultimately giving them the offspring to raise up.
"As it was in the days of Noah...the sons of God saw the daughters of men...they took wives for themselves...there were [the fallen, mighty ones]...the daughters of men...bore children to them...so also will the coming of the Son of Man be" (Mt24:37,~Gen6:2-4) This TV show only reflects what is commonly understood to be the "typical" alien abduction scenario.
As for the current tree-hugging, mother-earth-worshipping, ecological environmentalists...
"who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature [lit. "creation"] rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. ...For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Rom1:25-32)
"Now" I'm on my way home. 'Have been twisting the throttle pretty good around the twisties (I have been known to "keep up" with sport bike riders on my 'Wing)..and this BMW (car) goes whizzing past me! (Crazy driver!!)
I come out of the mountain curves, and am now out on the river valley flats. Perfectly happy and content to be on my way home. I have had a "mountain top" experience. But I "like" ...home.
During this trip I met DOZENS of other bikers going the other way. Most of them waving to me, as bikers do. I remembered back to when we first bought this 'Wing in '83. Fixed it up with a hitch, and would pull a trailer and go camping. The excitement of finally owning a bike on which we could travel all day long without getting cramped. However, now, that "need" to get out is no longer there. 'Don't always "have to" be doing something new. 'Don't "need to be" part of an elite class that rides Goldwings. Not always looking for "something else" ...that "greener grass" on the other side of the fence. ...Why...?
Something is different now. The Lord allowed me to go through the valley of separation/divorce from the "unequal yoke," and used the experience to draw me closer to Himself. And now, having sought His face (Ps27:8), He has brought me to a place of service which I would not trade for anything in the universe. In fact, as I was in the motel, I thought to myself, "why would anyone need anything MORE than a simple room like THIS motel room to live in? On the return trip, "Why do I NEED a motorcycle, anyway?"
While the trip was fantastic, and the scenery is breath-taking, and I REALLY LIKE being on the bike (and I do plan to keep it!) ...nothing compares with being in God's will! Doing that which He gives to do!
The Lord's return for His Church is imminent. The world knows it and fears greatly. Strangely enough, many (so-called) "christians" don't!
There are times I can hardly wait for His return. On one hand I want to be with Him. On the other, I want to be out of this corrupted world! My heart Looongs to be there. But, until the trumpet sounds, I have a perfect peace in my heart regarding the work He has given me to do, knowing that I'm in the center of His will.
He calls each of us to "watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming."(Mt24:42)
Has He given you a job to do? Do it with all your being, in faithfulness.(1Cor4:2) We don't have much time left for service. We cannot win everybody. It simply won't happen.(Rev22:11) But He has given each of you (who know the Lord) a task to be engaged in. Big or small. It is not yours to know how fruitful you may be...God gives the increase.(1Cor3:6) It is yours to plug along daily in faith. So that when He comes, whatever that job is, He will find you "so doing." (Mt24:46)