Matt.16:2,3- He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, “It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.
Jesus was amazed at the religious leaders lack of spiritual perception. God was on the move and they had no idea. The Lord said they could tell what the weather was going to be by “reading the sky”, but as for spiritual perception, they were quite blind. This passage reminds me of this unusual hurricane season in New Orleans. Two weeks ago we had two tropical systems, Laura and Marco, at once supposedly headed for NOLA. Last week it was Sally and now we have something called Beta circling around again. The news media, the government, and the whole city went in to full hurricane mode twice. Thankfully, none of the storms hit us here. Actually all we had was minor aggravating rain.
I wonder if us Christians are as bad at reading the signs of the times as the weather forecasters have been at predicting the track of these storms? Read the signs; worldwide pandemic, cities being burned down by the youth, millions of acres of forest burning down, and the craziest hurricane year in recent memory. Hello? Here is a quote from Henry on this passage.
“Do you not see that the Messiah is come?” The scepter was departed from Judah, Daniel’s weeks were just expiring, and yet they regarded not. The miracles Christ wrought, and the gathering of the people to him, were plain indications that the kingdom of heaven was at hand, that this was the day of their visitation. Note, First, There are signs of the times, by which wise and upright men are enabled to make moral prognostications, and so far to understand the motions and methods of Providence, as from thence to take their measures, and to know what Israel ought to do, as the men of Issachar, as the physician from some certain symptoms finds a crisis formed.”
What exactly is the Lord saying? It is time for America to turn back to the God of our Fathers. There needs to be a national move of God especially effecting the youth of our country. It’s time for the church to lift up her voice like a trumpet and preach Christ to this generation.