I want you to travel back in time with me to April 10, 1912. The day the largest ship the world had ever known set sail. Not only was it the largest ship, but people thought it was the safest. I mean it had a double halls, 16 water tight compartments, and was thought to be unsinkable. Everything was looking good for the Titanic, until its fourth day out to sea.
At 9:00 that morning they received a warning from the ship “The Cornea,” warning them of icebergs in the area and to, ‘be careful, watch out.’ A little later in the morning, they again received another message, this time from “The Californian,” same warning, ‘big icebergs ahead, be careful watch out.’ Two warnings came and went, but both were ignored.
The Titanic was traveling at about 26 miles per hour and it had about 2,200 passengers on board. Including famous people, well-known people, business men and women, and people of the arts. People just like you and me.
At about 1:42 that afternoon the Titanic had received a third warning. This time from the steam ship “The Baltic,” ‘icebergs ahead, field-ice, be careful watch out!’ This time the warning was accepted, written down, and given to the captain. Who then took it to the owner of the titanic, who opened it up, read it, understood the message, then folded it up and put it in his pocket.
You see, the captain got the message, some of the crew got the message, even the owner got the message, but the warnings went unheeded! They were all basking in the assurance of an unsinkable ship. It was life as usual for them. In fact by 9:00 that evening, they had received a total of five warnings. The Titanic didn’t change its speed, it didn’t change its course, or its direction, it just went on through the night. Then at 11:40pm, that night, the unthinkable happened. A man in the lookout saw an iceberg and he picked up the phone to warn the crew…but it was too late!
Suddenly, there was a slight nudge on the ship leaving a 300′ gash going across its side. Immediately flair’s went up in the sky to call for help, but there was no response. Workers frantically prepared people to get off the ship, but there were only enough life rafts for 1,178 people, only enough for about half the people on board.
When the crew finally got the first two life rafts into the water, only a few people got into the rafts. In fact they were only about half full of people. You see they had heard for so long that the ship was unsinkable. That they had began to believe it. So much so, that only 711 people got into the lifesaving rafts, when they could have held more! By 2:20 that morning, the Titanic, sunk, and disappeared into the icy cold waters, never to be heard from again.
My friends this world, our planet, is just like the titanic. Warning after warning after warning is being sounded all across the globe and these warnings are going unheeded. God is saying to his people, I’m coming, I’m coming, my time is at hand. He is sending messages warning his people. But many are not listening to the call. Christ is coming back and the rapture can happen at any time. Today is not the day to ride the fence, today is the day to be right with God. Get on the lifesaving raft while you can.
Romans 13:11-12, “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand.”
You see, I am convinced that God wants us to know the times in which we are living. He wants His people to be awake, ready, and watching for him. In fact, He even scolded the Pharisees for not knowing the times…
Matthew 16:1-3 Jesus said to the Pharisees, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.”
Basically the Lord is rebuking them for not knowing the prophecies in Scriptures that foretold His first arrival. Had they familiarized themselves with the Scriptures then they would have known all the prophecies that foretold Jesus’ arrival. But, sadly the Pharisees were unable to discern the time of His arrival because they hadn’t skilled themselves in the Word. And for this, Jesus rebukes them.
I believe, that in the same way, God wants us to be aware, ready and knowledgeable of the times in which we live. Knowledgeable of His Prophecies, of His second coming, and of the events that surround it. He doesn’t want us to be ignorant and sleeping, but rather awake, ready, and prepared. Not living life as usual like the passengers on the Titanic who were oblivious to idea of the iceberg. Don’t bask in the assurance of an unsinkable ship, rather be ready for his return.
Love you all!!