People in my hill country home need little provocation to hold a festival. Almost anything will serve as a reason to hold an event featuring food, friends, and of course a flea market. We have the Apple Festival, Sorghum Festival, Honey Festival, Court Days, and more. My favorite is the annual Woolly Worm Festival in Beattyville, Kentucky.
In the fall, the appearance of fuzzy caterpillars that we call ‘woolly worms’ is all that we need to have a festival. Folklore holds that you can predict coming winter weather by observing the woolly worm’s stripes. The wider the rusty stripes, the milder the coming winter will be. The more black there is, the more severe the winter. So, we celebrate the woolly worm.
There seems to be in humankind the perpetual desire to predict the future. The religious world has been especially predisposed to ‘seers’ and ‘fortune tellers’ of all sorts. The pages of scripture offer many accounts of prophets and false prophets and the impact they had on people. The words of the true prophets of God, as documented in scripture, stand alone in their inerrancy and infallibility. If we want to know what the future holds, we need to know what God’s word says.
The scriptures teach that Jesus is coming again and that He will receive believers to Himself. We know that the world as we know it will pass away. We know there will be a judgment. We know that all people will pass into eternity. The righteous will move into eternal life with Christ in heaven. The unrighteous will be cast into hell. Jesus said, “Earth and sky will be destroyed, but the words I have spoken will never be destroyed. “Be careful not to spend your time feasting, drinking, or worrying about worldly things. If you do, that day might come on you suddenly, like a trap on all people on earth. So be ready all the time. Pray that you will be strong enough to escape all these things that will happen and that you will be able to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:33-36, NCT).
“Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” (Luke 21:28)
~ Brother Roy