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“Therefore, be alert, because you don’t know on what day your Lord will return. Matthew 24:42

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Television stations across the U.S. began broadcasting Friday June 12 exclusively in digital, and millions of unprepared Americans scrambled for a signal.

Despite a year-long effort by the government, broadcasters and cable operators to warn people of the digital-TV switch, about 2.8 million households remained completely unprepared, according to Nielsen Co. Older Americans were more prepared than the national average, Nielsen found, but younger people and African-American and Hispanic households continued to lag behind.

Most Americans weren’t affected by the digital switch because they subscribe to cable or satellite TV services, which weren’t affected. An estimated 20 million U.S. households relied exclusively on free, over-the-air TV a year ago and had to either buy a new digital TV or get converter boxes for older TVs.

Procrastinators flooded call centers with requests for the government coupons. Nearly 31 million coupons had already been redeemed, but requests for coupons continued to pour in. On Thursday, the day before the change-over date, the government received 319,990 requests.

The switch was originally scheduled for February but was postponed to June 12 after Congress and the Obama administration worried millions of Americans weren’t ready.  For those who were not ready their televisions went black. They could no longer receive a signal, there was no longer any communication between their television set and the broadcast towers. They had run out of time.

When it comes to television not meeting a deadline is not the end of the world but there is a coming change-over that is exactly that… the end of the world! Will you be ready? Will you be prepared? Will you heed the warnings? Or will you, like so many analog television users, be left behind?

Take some time to contemplate that question because this is not the first time warnings were sounded and people refused to heed them. Even when it meant a possible loss of life. I recall Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath of that disaster. Although warned well in advance of landfall, many New Orleans residents did not prepare to evacuate the city and suffered enormous hardships once the storm reached land. Perhaps they too thought the storm would be delayed, or someone from the government would come along and carry them to safety. That did not happen and they had to weather the storm on their own. Some even refused rescue when rescue finally arrived.

Human nature being what it is, we all have a tendency to put off until tomorrow what should be done today. I am guilty of waiting until the last minute to get certain things done. I surely can find other things to do when it comes time to do the things I dislike doing. Of course some of my procrastination is planned and purposeful, like waiting till the last minute to pay taxes. J Anyway there are some warnings that should never be ignored, and the one warning that is a matter of life and death is the soon coming return of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

His first trip to this “third rock from the sun” was to bring the message of salvation to everyone who would heed his call, His next trip is not going to be so pleasant. He is not coming to die again on a cross but to bring judgment to those who have yet to react to the salvation message sent over 2000 years ago. Just like in the days of Noah, when all the wickedness the people were engaged in finally reached the point where God said enough was enough, He sent judgment from heaven to deal with the problem.

For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. Matthew 24:38-42

It just seemed like another day, things had remained much like they had for many years and even though Noah was building a huge boat, and warning of a soon coming flood, most people apparently did not take Noah seriously. They thought he was out of his mind. They paid no attention until it started to rain, and than I am not sure they gave it much thought until the water started to rise and not stop.

Hurricane katrina - Downtown new orleans
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The residents of New Orleans, who refused to leave, probably thought to themselves, with all the hurricanes they had weathered without incident, this one was going to be no different. Oh but it was much different then any from the past. The flood of Noah’s day was also like none other ever witnessed before nor since. All those who had not prepared where swept away in the flood’s deluge. They were lost forever and would not have another opportunity to get on board the ark of safety.

A wise man will take heed and listen to the warnings and prepare. A foolish man however will ignore all the warnings and continue to live life each day like the day before, totally unaware of the dangers facing him in the very near future.

The long forecast digital conversion date came just as predicted and those who prepared went through the transition without much fanfare, but for those who did not prepare, there was a mass scramble to get the needed supplies to go forward.

1 “When the end comes, the kingdom of heaven will be like ten bridesmaids. They took their oil lamps and went to meet the groom.

2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.

3 The foolish bridesmaids took their lamps, but they didn’t take any extra oil.

4 The wise bridesmaids, however, took along extra oil for their lamps.

5 Since the groom was late, all the bridesmaids became drowsy and fell asleep.

6 “At midnight someone shouted, ‘The groom is here! Come to meet him!’

7 Then all the bridesmaids woke up and got their lamps ready.

8 “The foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil. Our lamps are going out.’

9 “But the wise bridesmaids replied, ‘We can’t do that. There won’t be enough for both of us. Go! Find someone to sell you some oil.’

10 “While they were buying oil, the groom arrived. The bridesmaids who were ready went with him into the wedding hall, and the door was shut.

11 “Later the other bridesmaids arrived and said, ‘Sir, sir, open the door for us!’

12 “But he answered them, ‘I don’t even know who you are!’

13 “So stay awake, because you don’t know the day or the hour. Matt 25:1-13 (GW)

In the parable of the ten bridesmaids the end of time is likened onto ten bridesmaids who were waiting for the groom to come to the wedding. Five were wise and five were foolish. The foolish bridesmaids did not prepare for an extended delay. They were sure that the groom would not be late, however he was, and because they did not bring extra oil for their lamps they had to go buy more after the groom showed up. By the time they got back from the store with their oil lamps full, the door to the wedding hall was already closed and would not be opened for them.

Because they did not prepare they were left outside holding their oil lamps. By comparison those who did not prepare for the digital age were left with blank screens when the off switch was thrown and their programming came to an abrupt end.

God is going to pull the plug on the wickedness of this world one day soon. He is going to send out a clarion call to all who are ready and prepared to announce that the time has come. Those who have their lamps filled and extra oil in their reserve will be able to go on in when the door is opened.

Noah and his family where prepared to enter into the ark when the rains started to fall. The five bridesmaids were also ready when the groom came and those who had prepared for the digital switch were able to keep on watching their regular programs. Their lives were not disrupted and for the most part nothing really changed. But for those who missed the ark or were left uninvited to the wedding, there was not much to celebrate. They knew they had missed their one and only opportunity. Those who suffered through Katrina should say too that they missed the opportunity to avoid the tragedy of the storm.

I can not tell you when God is going to bring this age to a close but I can say for certain it is going to happen and you better be ready. There will be no remedy to your afflictions, there will be no second chance, there will be no conversion that you can buy with any amount of money to take away the blackness of your life at that point. So you better go and get your oil  lamp filled and your conversion problem taken care of while it is still daylight and while the lights are still on. Once the switch is thrown and the lights are turned out it will be too late.

To get your preparedness kit head on over to the Ranger Station and get prepared today!

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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