What We Can Learn From History
The birth of our Saviour in that nice manger scene that we see year after year, with Joseph and Mary and baby Jesus, looks like a time of peace and tranquility. However, the very opposite was true about the birth of Christ. The time of his birth actually included much stress and turmoil.
It seems this Christmas is going to be like no other Christmas ever experienced in Canadian history. We entered a global shutdown early in 2020 due to the pandemic, shortly after Christmas 2019 but here we are in December of 2020 and things are still shut down. The first thing I want to express to everyone is: be thankful we live in Saskatchewan. I have friends all over the world connected with me through media and ministry who tell me there are some areas that are suffering greatly with food shortages, loss of income and job losses that is causing undue hardship and suffering. And sadly, the loss of many lives. We who live in Saskatchewan, with its a small population and big open skies, can enjoy some normal in the midst of restrictions, stress and pressure. At the moment, we live in the best place in Canada with plenty of snow for cross-country skiing or snowmobiling.
2 Chronicles 36:15: And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place. Verse 16: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, until there was no remedy.
I want to let everyone know we are living in what the Bible calls perilous times. I believe we are on the threshold of everything getting much worse soon. I believe the Covid pandemic is ushering in other global scenarios soon. I am not sure if it will be a year or ten years away but there are some ominous signs that we are almost to the end of this biblical age. Scripture warns repeatedly that there is a day of judgment coming on the world. God warned and then judged the world once before and he has promised to do it again. But from that same voice of warning we can have assurance we are ready for whatever comes and have nothing to fear. In this article you will learn how to be ready.
When I was a small boy on our ranch in British Columbia, where I was raised with no sisters, only six other brothers, our mother would try to round up her seven sons to come into the room where the radio was and listen to the Bible Hour. She would say, “It’s time to come and listen to Premier Manning.” He had a gospel program on our local Quesnel radio station each week. I do not remember much about it as I was very young and it was not exactly first on our priority list of things to do on the ranch. It helped if it was raining or snowing but if it was nice outside, we balked at listening to something on the radio when we could be outside. I do not remember much about the program except there was nice music and this steady, very sincere voice that would preach religion. My mother would always usually add something after the sermon like: This man is the leader of the Alberta government and he is very special because he is a godly man. He believes the Bible and is trying to help Canadians read and follow the Bible by preaching on the radio across Canada. These are all distant memories as I grew into my teen years. The last thing I was interested in was listening to a religious broadcast on the radio.