Do We Know What These Signs Mean For The End?

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A Global Warning

From director Davis Guggenheim, An Inconvenient Truth is a passionate and inspirational look at former Vice President Al Gore’s fervent crusade to halt global warming’s deadly progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. In this intimate portrait of Gore and his “travelling global warming show,” Gore comes across as never before in the media – funny, engaging, open and intent on alerting citizens to this “planetary emergency” before it’s too late.

Interspersed with the bracing facts and future predictions is the story of Gore’s personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming; to a young Senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective; to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most important cause of his life. With an emphasis on hope, An Inconvenient Truth ultimately shows us that global warming is no longer a political issue but rather, the biggest moral challenge facing our civilization today.

After having its U.S. debut at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and international premiere at Cannes, An Inconvenient Truth opened to rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences everywhere. A smash hit, the film went on to win Academy Awards® for Best Documentary feature and Best Song. It also became a global phenomenon, one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time with a worldwide audience estimated at 5 million people.

The Impact

The impact of An Inconvenient Truth is unprecedented. Since its release in 2005, the film has helped to galvanize governments, leaders, organizations and individuals worldwide to take action on global warming. More than a billion people are now aware of the issue and have been motivated to act.

Learn more about some of these historic developments:
•Over 106,000 tons of carbon were offset in the year following the film’s release, which is equivalent to 225 million car miles.
•4200+ tons of carbon were offset just by people switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
•Over 15 climate change bills have been introduced in Congress, with the historic Markey-Waxman Bill passing the House in June, 2009.
•Five countries – England, Scotland, Czech Republic, New Zealand, and Germany – and the Canadian province of British Columbia incorporated An Inconvenient Truth into their secondary schools’ curricula.
•President Obama created the new position of Assistant to the President for Climate and Energy.
•The United States House of Representatives established a Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
•The U.S. Senate established a Select Committee On Energy Independence and Global Warming.
•Over 2600 people have been trained to give The Climate Project presentation and 4 million people on all seven continents have heard the presentation.
•The issue of global warming reached more than a billion people worldwide.
•Changed public perception: 33% of people surveyed before the film’s release believed global warming is real versus 85% after the film’s release (that figure has since declined).

The present world as we watch it is undergoing shakings. Governments who are previously unmovable were trembling. Kings and Rulers who are untouchable in the past are being removed from their glorious palaces. Aside from unrest from different parts of the world, earthquakes and Tsunamis are getting stronger. It is time to read the signs of the time and check the historical map. Where are we, according to God’s master plan?

Shaking of the earth is not something that a bible reader should be surprised with. The bible recorded that it had already happened and predicted that it will happen again.

Hebrew 12:26 When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.”

Hebrew 12:27 This means that the things on earth will be shaken, so that only eternal things will be left.

Hebrew 12:28 Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be destroyed, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.

Hebrew 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Paul, the Author of the book of Hebrew summarized the above text from the book of Haggai Chapter 2:6-7.

The same book added the following prophecy in preparation for the glorious temple and heavenly kingdom:

“I will overthrow royal thrones, destroying the power of foreign kingdoms. I will overturn their chariots and charioteers. The horses will fall, and their riders will kill each other.” Hag 2:22

Tonight as I write these thoughts, the 30 year regime of Egypt ruler fall and the heat of revolution are spreading to other countries in the Middle East.

The world as it has been shaken once again reminds us of three fundamental truths. And we must heed the divine call less we also be stumbled and shaken.

I. THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT MAY SLIP AWAY

Hebrew 12:26 When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.”

Lesson 1: No government or a person no matter how powerful they are has the power to remain. The world is changing as it revolves.

The shaking of the world power is not new to history. Daniel chapter two dramatically described it in prophetic way through the dream of the Babylonian king and through it the future transitions of the world powers were revealed.

1. The transition of the world powers explained: Daniel 2: 36-44

You looked, O king, and there before you stood a large statue– an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing-floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth. Dan 2:31-35

1. The Babylonian Empire by Nebuchadnezzar -The head of Gold
2. The Medo-Persian Empire: by Darius & Cyrus -The arm of Silver
3. The Grecian Empire by Alexader D’ Great -The belly and thighs of bronze
4. The Roman Empire by Caesars -Legs of iron and clay

2. The coming of the Kingdom of Christ the Rock foretold:

Dan 2:44 In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure for ever.

3. Jesus confirmed the Rock which is our Corners Stone:

Mat 21:42 Then Jesus asked them, “Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? ’The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous to see.’
Mat 21:44 Anyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”

This present world and government will someday pass away. We have to put our hope and trust to someone who will remain forever. We should build our foundation of Jesus because he is the Rock of our salvation. We should build our foundation on Jesus the Chief corner stone.

Let us put our trust on the one who said: “Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever.” Mat 24:35

Why? Because: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Heb 13:8

TO HAVE JESUS MEANS VICTORIOUS LIFE!

• Kings and rulers may come and go but Jesus will remain the same
• Friends and family may leave us but Jesus will never forsake us
• Wealth and fame may be temporary but Jesus is forever
• Position and power may slip from our hands but no one can snatch us from God’s hand
• Beauty and looks may fade away but those who are in Jesus will keep the beauty of the heart forever.
• World powers may conquer one another but we are more than conqueror in Christ
• The world may persecute us, detain us or even kill us, but no one can imprison or kill our spirit because we have freedom in Christ and we will emerge victorious in the end with Christ.

II. LIFE AND ITS CONTENTS MAY COME TO AN END

Heb 12:27 This means that the things on earth will be shaken, so that only eternal things will be left.

Lesson 2: Life on Earth is temporary so we must not live for Earth but for heaven.

A well known author started a book by asking: What on Earth am I here for? If life is temporary and we are all passers by, why are we so concerned about this world rather than preparing for something that will be eternal?

Shaking is not happening in the government and system only. But most importantly, it is happening to us as individual. It has many faces and forms:

• There are shaking in our relationship with God
• There are shaking in our faith
• There are shaking in our church
• There are shaking in our job and business
• There are shaking in our character
• There are shaking in our Christian life

Many times it has been said. The purpose of God is not for our comfort on this Earth but character development. This explains the shakings that is happening in our own life.

• This explain the injustices and harassment
• This explain the poverty
• This explain the problems
• This explain the sickness and bad health
• This explain the questions that we encounter everyday
• This explain the hurt and heart aches
• This explain the hot of the days and the cold of the nights
• This explain the bad guys

not comfortable here because we are not of this world. As Christians and Children of God, Our citizenship is in heaven. We are only under training here for character development.

III. RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL REMAIN FOREVER

Heb 12:28 Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be destroyed, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.

Heb 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Lesson 3: Relationship with God is the only thing that we can keep forever.

In life we always have choices:
• The temporal things of this world or the eternal life with God?
• The luxury of this life or the joy of heaven with God?
• The praise of men or the approval of God?
• The acceptance of people or the presence of God
• The court with the kings and rulers or the sanctuary of God?
• The safety of your body or the salvation of your soul?

Mat 16:26 And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process? Is anything worth more than your soul?

All things may pass away; the world as we know it may be uprooted; life as we experience it may come to an end; but one thing stands eternally sure–the relationship of the Christian to God.

If you want to have a closer relationship with Jesus, you can pray this prayer and make this your own:

Dear God,

I am now convinced that I cannot manage my own life without you. I am now inviting Jesus to come into my heart today and be the King and Lord of my life from this time on. I surrender my life to you today and I accept you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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