Think with me for a moment—back to the time on September 11, 2001, when you first learned of the World Trade Center tower being hit by the commercial jet. All eyes quickly went to television screens everywhere in America. Then the second tower was hit, and we were awestruck at the ensuing carnage that took the lives of nearly three thousand people who couldn’t escape the horror.
Remember when the huge monoliths collapsed to rubble with billowing clouds of smoke and dust—a holocaust of flaming fuel and the blood of crushed, burning humanity.
Those of us who look through the prism of God’s prophetic Word couldn’t at that stunning moment help but consider that we were witnessing an event that punctuated the fact that the very end of the age was upon us. The United States of America was somehow, in the collapsing of those giant towers, brought front and center into God’s focus for judgment and wrath about to be unleashed upon a world that has rejected Him.
Think then of what happened just the past week to Islam’s most holy place, as many gathered in Mecca. Another God-rendered exclamation mark seems to have punctuated the handwriting on the wall that began the final sentence of human history.
At least 107 Muslims worshiping at the mosque considered the most holy by Islam died when a gigantic crane crashed from above and crushed the building. Many more were injured.
It seems beyond ironic that this happened on September 11, just this past week.
America and the world have long been holding a debauched banquet to which the God of heaven was not invited. America disinvited Him in 1963 by the judicial act of doing away with prayer and Bible reading in public schools.
The True Deity and His prescription for living life, given through His love letter to humanity—the Bible—has been evicted from all public places, for the most part. Thus with this exclamation point of supernatural irony—Islam’s achieving its mocking tribute to its symbolic conquest of America and the subsequent exclamation Point of anger that looks to have been put on Islam’s fraudulent worship system by the Hand of God—the finger of God might be writing upon the wall the world has erected to keep him out of human affairs. This nation’s and the world’s prophetic fate might thereby be in the heavenly process of being sealed.
Tragically, the message might indeed be one not unlike that Nebuchadnezzar’s grandson, Belshazzar, saw being written across the wall of the Babylonian banquet hall that housed the party during his last day on earth.
And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. (Dan. 5:25-28)
Every indicator that God is about to bring human history for this dispensation to a close is on the prophetic horizon.
The Tribulation hour approaches, as can be witnessed hourly on the minute by minute news flashes from around the world.
Time to do what we can for the cause of Christ might be very short. The time to do the Lord’s business is fleeting swiftly. Whatever contributions we have to put into heavenly bank accounts must be done now. “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4).