Revelation 8: 10-11: The third angel sounded his trumpet and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water, the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
Does this sound scary? It sure does to me. In Revelation 8:7: it says: The first angel sounded his trumpet and there came hail and fire mixed with blood and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
This really is upsetting isn’t it? Think about this. Scientists say in 2029 there will be an asteroid come close enough to earth to knock out our satellites, that’s a little too close for comfort. But the point is, those things are out there and we are tracking them. Is it possible to see Wormwood coming?
Here’s the bottom line; Wormwood and these other happenings are during the Great Tribulation. We don’t have to be here for that. But, it is fast approaching.
We are living in the last church age, Laodicean. It’s the lukewarm, apostate church. It means the people rule or people’s rights. Don’t you see that unfolding daily? We won’t go into a teaching on this right now, not enough space, but Christ is admonishing that church to be zealous and repent. That’s Chapter 3 in Revelation. The churches are never mentioned again. This is where Biblical scholars tell us the Rapture takes place.
Revelation Chapter Three, starting in verse 14, tells us about this church age in which we live. Basically, it boils down to being a lukewarm church. God would rather we be hot or cold. If we are lukewarm, He says He will spew us out of His mouth.
What constitutes being lukewarm? One dictionary aside from temperature, says it means to show little enthusiasm. People scream their heads off at a ballgame, but can’t even say “Amen” in church. Or, they go to the ballgame and not church. If you find church boring, or dull, maybe you should check yourself out first and be sure you aren’t just lukewarm.
You maybe don’t go to church because you don’t want to be with all those hypocrites. Check your temp! You hate the music, or someone in your pew. Check your temp! You like the sports team on tv too much to miss it for church. Check your temp! You work all week and Sunday is your only day off, so you need to do other things besides church. Check your temp!
When the trump sounds for the Rapture there will be no loud speaker broadcasting, “Check your temp!” In truth, this could be the last time you have someone tell you that. Many churches don’t want to get into the sin factor, or the lukewarm discussion.
If He says He will spew the lukewarm out of His mouth, His words, not mine, then perhaps you ought to take it seriously. Find out if you are hot, cold or lukewarm. You really don’t want to miss the Rapture. Check your temp! Until next time!
Paula and her husband pastor New Season Assembly. If you’d like to hear more on the end times, please join us. Call 304-677-9220 for more info.