Not Another Fish In The Sea
I have had an ongoing fish tank for the better part of 3 years.
It has been a very interesting journey of stewardship as this fish tank has gone through ups and downs in its history, generations of fish coming and going.
Recently, however, the switch that controls the power source of my fish tank accidentally disconnected.
This meant that the filters, the light, and the automatic filter all ceased to function.
What this caused was a massive near-extinction event of the population in my tank as nearly all my fish died.
This left only a handful of guppies left, my proverbial Adams and Eves, by which to restart my tank after giving it some TLC.
Nothing to restart my tank but 2 young pairs of guppies in a glass bowl on my table until I restored the tank to livable conditions.
I am in charge of their world.
Bring them food.
I defined the times they have light.
Laid the soil that brings nutrients to their plants.
I provide for them.
By removing my provision for the tank, most perished as the tank decayed.
Our world likewise is having the majority perishing, however the removal of provision from this world is not by the accidental flipping of a switch like in the case of my tank.
In our world, it is judicial as mankind dives further into his sin, making it evermore like the days of Noah.
This period of time is heavily documented, more than the time that Jesus walked the shores of Galilee.
Those who are saved will not go through this period of time; instead they will be like the survivors of my fish tank, resting safely away from the tank as it is sifted clean.
This sifting, the Day of the Lord, the Time of Jacob’s trouble, this Great Tribulation is not a mere warning or threat.
We are going into darker times, and our world is experiencing changes and technologies that will change everything about life (more than even the last 100 years).
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:22, KJV)
But why would it be that the elect should care if those days not be shortened?
For the same reason that the days of my fish tank were shortened when, nearing certain death, those who were still alive were taken up and out.
God is intervening.
However, God didn’t set up a clockwork universe that is slowing losing its momentum.
No, God set up a paradise and then, unlike me who accidentally doomed a fish tank, cursed mankind’s world when Adam sinned.
God then intervened to save some from the certain death of his world through the patriarchs down to Moses, then Moses to Christ who died on the cross for our sins.
There was the first Adam and the second Adam.
While the first brought death to the entire world, the second brought life.
It is Jesus Christ, preeminent in all things, who brings salvation and judgement to the world.
To Him all will bow and confess, whether they like it or not. Unlike my fish, we are not some frustratingly replicable pet.
God knows each and every one of us by name, and he calls his own to him.
And he asks the very simple question:
Do you want to be in the decaying tank or in the bowl outside?
Not Another Fish In the Sea
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