The Times Are Moving On!

 

“No longer will there be in it, an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his days.
For the youth will die at the age of one hundred and the one who does not reach the age of one hundred, will be thought accursed.
They will build houses and inhabit them; they will also plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They will not build and another inhabit, they will not plant and another eat; for as the lifetime of a tree, so will be the days of My people, and My chosen ones will wear out the work of their hands.
They will not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they are the offspring of those blessed by the Lord, and their descendants with them,”
  Isaiah 65:20-23.

What can I say at this point in time?

I wonder what might stir the hearts and minds of people and cause them to realize how important this life is that we’re living now?

Sometimes I find myself wanting to express the transitory existence that we all live in this world of ours.  You know, time just seems to slip away from us.

We hear others say this about how fast children grow up.  We see them now, and our thoughts somehow transport us back some 10, 20, 30, or more years back.  And we see the faces of friends we once had, and consider what our lives were like at the time then.

And now, the multitude of people and faces almost seem to cry out to us, and yet all of them are mostly memories, or are their own lives somehow spinning around living a life similar to ours?

Many of us should know that we live in apocalyptic times.  Every day another event of epic proportions flashes across our TV screens, or we see it on the internet.

The raging hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and tumult, come like dominoes, and as each one of them falls, it touches the next one and another series of events plays out in this world of ours.

The elder ones look and shake their heads, wondering how our present generation differed from their own.  They look on at the stream of wires and technology that has somehow propelled everyone into something like a science fiction novel.

These stare at the old photos on their walls, wondering what happened to the wayward son or daughter.  But they pass their time watching old episodes of “Gunsmoke” or “Hogan’s Heroes,” and greeting others at the nursing home.

And yes, we’re being hurled into the very last days upon this earth, whether some believe that to be true or not.  As Bob Dylan said, “The times They Are A` Changin.”

But even with all the prophecies and all the signs that speak to these things, we are not to forget those who are around us.  We should know that love is eternal, and so we need to cherish those who are close and important to us.

For even as we sometimes find ourselves reflecting back on those faces from the past, those who are now in our midst will one day fade…

Don’t let an old photograph replace the present life or situation that we now live in.  Prepare for the future however you deem it to be, but learn somehow to cherish those moments and people who are now in your midst.

One day this earth that we now look upon and live in will we burned-up; an old man will live beyond his days.  There will be no more darkness or confusion, or division.

Our lives will be remembered no more because the old will have passed away.  The old photographs, heart-aches, joys and sorrows, diseases, and even death itself, will be done away with.

Look past the floods and the fires.  Look past the hatred and the disease and then look into the eyes of the soon and coming King.

For His eyes and promises will carry you past this present life, and you will then behold the crystal sea and the everlasting light that surrounds His throne and awaits us.

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

Songwriters: Bob Dylan
“The Times They Are A-Changin'” lyrics © BOB DYLAN MUSIC CO.

 

Selah,
~ Stephen Hanson


Prophet Stephen HansonStephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since.  In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God.  Will we be prepared and ready?

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