NEWS UPDATE - 24th February 2020

We have all heard about the Coronavirus that has spread throughout China and other parts of the world, killing many people and causing lockdown in many areas. Also, the plague of locusts that is spreading across East Africa, to name just two big problems the world is facing right now. But do we realize what is going on? And do we realize what is soon to take place? Look at what National Geographic said recently about the plague of locusts:

"East Africa is in the midst of a crisis that sounds like something out of the Book of Exodus: A plague of locusts is spreading across the region, threatening the food supply of tens of millions. City-sized swarms of the dreaded pests are wreaking havoc as they descend on crops and pasturelands, devouring everything in a matter of hours. The scale of the locust outbreak, which now affects seven East African countries, is like nothing in recent memory." (source)

"like something out of the Book of Exodus" ... "like nothing in recent memory."

So many times over the past few years, I have seen and heard people saying ... "I have never seen anything like this before!" But why? What is going on? It is clear to anyone with eyes to see that we are living in a time like no other before us. A time when the return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is "near, even at the door." (Matthew 24:33). But something is going to happen before Jesus returns that will affect every person on earth. Look at what Revelation 15 tells us.

Revelation 15:1-8 ...'And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God ... And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues ... And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.'

Grievous sores upon man. Sea becoming as blood. Rivers becoming as blood. Sun to scorch man with fire. We are told in Revelation 16 that these plagues are to be poured out upon the world. But did you notice what takes place while these plagues are being poured out? Take a look again at Revelation 15:8 ..

"And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled."

Revelation 15 is speaking of the temple in heaven. We know this because we are told in verses 5-6 that the angels with the 7 last plagues come out of the temple. But how and why does man need to 'enter the temple' in heaven? Hebrews 8, verses 1, 2 and 12 tell us that Christ has entered into the temple of God in heaven, and has become our Mediator before God. So we enter the temple by faith, through Christ, so that our sins may be forgiven and blotted out. But Revelation 15:8 tells us that when the plagues take place, "no man can enter the temple." Which means that when the seven last plagues begin to fall, man's probation, the time in which we have chance to turn to Christ and be forgiven for our sins, will CLOSE!

Do you realize the seriousness of this? Do you see the signs? The seven last plagues are soon to fall!

"Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent efforts, they must be conquerors in the battle with evil. While the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven, while the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a special work of purification, of putting away sin, among God's people on earth." (Review and Herald, Jan.17, 1907)

Friends, the signs show us how close we are to the close of human probation. And the only way we can be ready, is if we send up our sins to Jesus in the most holy place in heaven, while God's mercy is still available. But our sins cannot be blotted out if we continue living in wilful sin. The blood of Jesus Christ does NOT cover continuous wilful sin. There MUST be a putting away of sin now, while there is time. Great trials await the people of God. And only by complete surrender of life to Christ and child like dependence upon God will see us through the coming trials. Time is running out!

"Get ready, get ready, get ready. Ye will have to die a greater death to the world than ye have ever yet died ... Get ready, get ready, get ready. Ye must have a greater preparation than ye now have, for the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate and to destroy the sinners thereof out of it. Sacrifice all to God. Lay all upon His altar." (Early Writings, P64-67)

Do not be discouraged. But draw nearer to Jesus each and every day ...

"There are those who have known the pardoning love of Christ and who really desire to be children of God, yet they realize that their character is imperfect, their life faulty, and they are ready to doubt whether their hearts have been renewed by the Holy Spirit. To such I would say, Do not draw back in despair. We shall often have to bow down and weep at the feet of Jesus because of our shortcomings and mistakes, but we are not to be discouraged. Even if we are overcome by the enemy, we are not cast off, not forsaken and rejected of God. No; Christ is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Said the beloved John, 'These things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.' 1 John 2:1. And do not forget the words of Christ, 'The Father Himself loveth you.' John 16:27. He desires to restore you to Himself, to see His own purity and holiness reflected in you. And if you will but yield yourself to Him, He that hath begun a good work in you will carry it forward to the day of Jesus Christ. Pray more fervently; believe more fully. As we come to distrust our own power, let us trust the power of our Redeemer, and we shall praise Him who is the health of our countenance. The closer you come to Jesus, the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes; for your vision will be clearer, and your imperfections will be seen in broad and distinct contrast to His perfect nature. This is evidence that Satan's delusions have lost their power; that the vivifying influence of the Spirit of God is arousing you." (Steps to Christ p. 70-71)