Over the coming days the Book Stop blog will publish excerpts from Gary Frazier's book It Could Happen Tomorrow. Thank you to New Leaf Press for permission to post these book segments.
FUTURE EVENTS THAT WILL SHAKE THE WORLD
Recently, while sitting in our den and surfing the 102 cable channels that make me crazy, I ran across a commercial that captured my attention. Of all places it was on the Weather Channel. Now I realize that no one under the age of 60 ever watches the Weather Channel, but I was captivated nonetheless. There on the screen, gleaming in the bright sunlight, was San Francisco, the famous Golden Gate Bridge and the beautiful bay. My thoughts raced back to the times my wife, Sandra, and I have spent visiting this destination and the many times we have enjoyed the fantastic sourdough bread in any number of the restaurants along the boardwalk. All of a sudden the picture began to change into a reddish color synonymous with disaster. The announcer's voice came in with this deep ominous tone and said, "The city by the bay, destroyed by a magnitude 9.5 earthquake. . . . It Could Happen Tomorrow!"
Immediately the scene changed to Dallas, Texas, the city of my birth. There on the screen was Reunion Tower glistening in the bright Texas sunlight. Reunion Tower has replaced Southfork Ranch as the most recognized symbol of this great city in the south central part of America. For several years during the Christmas season I would load the family into our Cessna 421 and head south after obtaining permission from air traffic control for low altitude flight, fly my family around downtown Dallas and Reunion Tower. We loved taking in the festive lights of the season. Reunion Tower was always especially beautiful because during the holiday season the blinking lights would change from white to red and green. Now, here on the screen the scene began to change once again to that same reddish color. The announcer stated, "Dallas, Texas, hit by an F5 tornado and is no more. . . . It Could Happen Tomorrow!"
By this time I am sitting on the edge of my seat and my mind is racing with thoughts of the possibilities of these events when the scene changes yet a third time. Manhattan, New York! Everyone recognizes Manhattan as one of the most striking symbols of economic prowess in the world today. Although the Twin Towers are no more, Manhattan is right there with Paris, Rome, London, and Tokyo as one of the great cities of the modern world. Manhattan was glistening in the sun, just as it was on September 11, 2001. Then all of a sudden there was that reddish hue again and the voice said, "Manhattan, with its 14 plus million people, has been hit by a tsunami and is no more. . . . It Could Happen Tomorrow!"
By this time I am walking around in front of my television talking to myself. I am certain you never do this but I did. I was saying to myself, they (that is the secular world) are finally starting to realize that the world as we know it is not going to just keep on going! Things are changing and they are changing fast. It has been my experience through these many years that society in general has a Hollywood view of the world. When I was a boy I remember watching wonderful westerns on TV. I would sit for hours glued to programs watching Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, the Lone Ranger, and a score of others fighting the bad guys and sometimes the Indians. (Oops — can I say that in our politically correct world without offending my Native American friends?) I remember scenes where the Indians would be chasing the good guys who were riding on their white horses. The good guys would always outrun the Indians. In fact, I cannot remember a single time when the Indians caught up with the guy on the white horse. He always got away! This led me to believe for several years as a little boy that white horses were just faster than black or brown ones. Anyway, this hero just kept riding and riding and riding until the Indians finally gave up. The fact is, this is not reality! The truth is that in the real world the good guy was riding and riding and his horse got tired and eventually collapsed. The Indians caught up to the good guy and killed him! Hollywood sells fantasy and Americans buy into it as though it were reality.
Could it be that someone at the Weather Channel was tapping into reality? Is it possible that someone — maybe a producer or director of programming — was a believer? Could it be that someone had perhaps read the Bible and as a result was beginning to understand the seriousness of the world situation? I wanted to know more about this so I went to the Internet and pulled up the Weather Channel's website. I was surprised to find there was a host of weather-related events they were advertising as part of what would be an ongoing series. The thrust was the unexpected weather-related events and the shocking, life-altering impact they could make on society in a matter of seconds.
Finally, I thought to myself, the world is waking up! You see, as a preacher and teacher of Bible prophecy I have been saying for years we are living in the end times. I have been heralding a message of the soon return of Jesus Christ everywhere I go. I have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours studying and speaking on this incredible subject, yet the vast majority of people today are simply too busy to pay attention to what is happening around them! We are asleep. Could we be waking up? I truly pray it is so.
I can say with reasonable certainty that long ago when Noah began to build the ark, no one paid any attention to him. Why should they? It had never rained upon the earth. The populace at that time had no idea what rain was and how it could affect their day-to-day lives. No doubt Noah verbally warned his neighbors that something dreadful was going to happen soon. However, then as now, it appears the warning fell on deaf ears. No doubt, Noah was called a prophet of doom. I feel certain people saw him as a negative individual who was not much fun to be around. Yet he was right! God had told him that He, that is God, was going to destroy every living creature on the earth except those inside the ark. (See Genesis 69 for a full explanation.) To the surprise of Noah's world, one day a drop of water fell from the sky, and then another and another. Then a spring burst forth from below the earth. People were shocked! Nothing like this had ever happened before. (The earth before the worldwide Flood existed with a terrarium-like effect. See The Genesis Record by Dr. Henry Morris for a complete explanation). Water began to fall in greater amounts. The ground became saturated as the water level continued to rise. Finally, people began fleeing to higher and higher ground but to no avail. The waters continued to rise until there was no place left to run. The entire population of the earth, as well as all the animals, perished. The only survivors were inside the ark! What was the difference between those who lived and those who perished? Answer: Eight people listened and heeded God's warning. Untold thousands paid no attention! In fact the Bible says, "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of man" (Matthew 24:37–39).
Fast forward a few thousand years to our day. The prophetic word of God, found only in the sacred Scriptures, warns us regarding the condition of our world in the last days. Christ Himself tells us of impending wars, rumors of wars, ethnic conflicts, spiritual deception, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. Jesus said these things would be signs to us that we are in the last days, and yet most are ignoring the warnings that have been given.
That's what this book is about. It is a book of warnings! I believe with all my soul God wants us to be prepared for the disasters that are taking place and those that will come in the near future. This book is about future events that will shake the world — events prophesied long ago by God's ancient prophets and Jesus Himself. Events we should be watching for as well as events that will happen after God's children are gone. Events that are as certain to take place as the sun is to rise in the east and set in the west. I know I will be misunderstood by some, considered a prophet of doom by others, and largely ignored by most. That is okay. I must be true to my own soul and warn as many as possible of the lateness of the hour. Time is running out! As one long-running daytime soap says, "As the sand is through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives!"
That said, this is not a book of doom and gloom. Rather it is a message of hope! In fact, I believe the only ones alive today who have a message of hope for tomorrow are those who know Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives and His Word! Read on and be challenged with hope for the future.