The sun was rising on our community when the first signs of the drama appeared. For many years now, the movie industry and science fiction had proposed to us varying scenarios for similar incredible events. And now it had finally happened! Thousands of persons had suddenly disappeared mysteriously without leaving any trace. It had happened in the middle of the night, and it was suspected that some outer-space beings had kidnapped large numbers of people. All TV and radio stations across the world were now, without exception or interruption, covering the event. Spreading even more dismay was the news coming in minute by minute, from across the world, of thousands more missing - hysteria was setting in. Statesmen, politicians and churchmen were calling for calm attempting to reassure the populations.
It was just around six P.M. that the N.A.S.A received the first message that would help clear up the mystery. The fact was that visitors from outer-space were communicating with the earth. They were claiming responsibility for the massive kidnappings of the good elements, as they called them, of the human race. And they were now warning the rest of their coming invasion. Coming from a more advanced society, they could no longer tolerate the disorder, pollution and the menace the earth represented for the rest of the galaxy. They wanted to take control of the planet, peacefully if possible, and establish order and true peace. Their leader, a superior being, half man, half beast, wanted to meet with the world leaders at the U.N. headquarters in New-York. He would then give them proof of their great superiority by performing wonders and signs and then would insist on the submission of all nations to his absolute rule and authority. The earth had 72 hours to prepare for the meeting.
The news rooms were frantic with activity and excitement. All over the world, people were talking about it with a mixture of fear and hope. Maybe, just maybe, someone could really set things right once and for all. With renewed hope, most were disposed to receive favourably the unknown superman.
That night, as I was going home quite disturbed and confused, I heard a man screaming at top of his lungs on a street corner; he was a Jew; he was saying that it wasn’t visitors from outer-space that had taken so many but that the Lord Jesus Himself had returned according to His promise to take to Himself those that were His (John 14:1) before appearing in judgment (2 Thessalonians 2:8). He was warning the people that this new mysterious leader, proposing to become the ruler of the world, was none other than Satan himself in disguise! The police then came and shoved him around and arrested him brutally. As I got closer, I bent down to pick up the book the poor man had dropped. It was a Bible; it was opened and my eyes fell on this verse: "whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie… (2 Thessalonians 2:9-11). A shiver ran up my spine…
"The bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage; and the door was shut" (Matthew 25:10)."Therefore be ye also ,ready: for in such an hour when ye think not the Son of man cometh" (Matthew 24:44).
This fictitious scenario will probably not come to pass that way, but the biblical one will… that is absolutely certain (Luke 21:33)! Are you ready?
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