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04/09/07 - Lufkin

Some Religious Leaders are Calling Weekend Snow a Sign of the Times

by Ramonica R. Jones

Saturday's snowfall was a surprise to many East Texans, but not for some religious leaders. Professor Roy Hall teaches the bible at Angelina College. He believes unseasonal weather is a clear sign of the times. It's one of the things prophesied in the bible indicating the second coming of Christ.

"I teach new testament survey this semester," said Hall. "We've been looking at some of the things that Jesus said about the end times. We were looking at Paul's letter to the Thessalonians and he was talking in that letter to the people about the Lord's coming and about the coming of the anti-Christ and how to watch for that."

Carpenter's Way pastor Mark Wilke said warring countries and the overall spirit of humanity is also a prophesy he believes has come true in recent times - another sign we are living in the last days.

"'As it was in the days of Noah so will it be when the son of man returns'," said Wilke. "And if you go back and do a study of that, in Genesis you find that the sin that was pervasive during that period was violence."

Many faith-based leaders believe we will see a much less obvious sign of the times just before the return of Christ - peace on Earth.

"Whenever man thinks he's accomplished all he needs to accomplish, the return is very, very [likely]," said Wilke. "He's going to come as a thief in the night and I think sometimes we get it wrong. Right now, people are looking around with the snow storms and they're expecting his return at any minute, but his self-description is as a thief comes in the night is when he's going to return."

Both Wilke and Hall believe the only way to prepare for Christ's return is to have a good relationship with him and live a Christian lifestyle. They encourage both believers and non-believers to study the book of Revelation and other scriptures to understand their view of what will happen in the last days.

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