the terrible amount of pollution that the human being is breathing today. We know that the day iscoming, if the pollution problem continues on the present scale, man is going to have to live in somekind of glass house. If you see a tree, you are going to see it in a museum. Jesus is going to come before this happens. Surely that time is upon us.
(2) We are in the time of exploding population. It took eighteen hundred years to gain the first billion people on this earth. The second billion took a short eighty years. The third billion came in justthirty years. We are going to have the fourth billion in less than twenty years. In the next fifty years, if the world remains, there will be standing room only on this earth. The Bible doesn't teach us that theworld is going to be swallowed up in population. We know it is going to happen and Jesus is going tocome before that happens. This is saying to you and me that His return is so very, very near.
(3) Then inflation is certainly prophesied in the Bible. The Bible doesn't say this age is going to endin a time of depression, but a time of selling. Great times of marrying, divorcing, eating, and drinking,all of this the Bible prophesies will be taking place in the time of the coming of the Lord Jesus. That ishappening today. Every bit of it is telling us that Christ is coming. All of the prophesies of the Bible arescreaming to be fulfilled at the time that you are reading this message. Everything is testifying thatJesus is coming. How we need to heed the message, "How shall we escape if we neglect so greatsalvation?" As we look about us and see the prophecies being fulfilled, there is a falling away on onehand and the reviving of the Church on the other. We see a people that have known God, walked withGod, stood with God suddenly turning away from what they know. All of this is testifying that He iscoming soon. Jesus is coming. We cannot, we must not allow ourselves to be caught up in the things of this world, lest they over take us unaware.There are some things very peculiar about the coming of the Lord that I believe need to be heard byyou and me. They need to be rolled over in our mind and spirits. A few weeks ago in a prayer meetingvery early in the morning as I sought God, I began to see some of the carelessness of some of the people of God. They have begun to be caught up in their business. They were not immoral. They werenot caught up in the immoral features of our time, but they are becoming careless. They are moreinterested in their business than in the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. God began to deal with meabout this and I began to see some things in the Bible as God showed me that morning that greatlymoved my spirit. I just want to pass them on to you. I feel like your heart has to be stirred. Simon Peter said, "That I may stir up your mind." First, the Holy Spirit brought me to I Corinthians 15:52 tellinghow all of this is going to take place. "In the Twinkling of an eye." Did you know that is the twentieth part of a second? Suddenly it is going to happen. Suddenly it is going to be over with.Oh, if I could just impress this upon your mind how suddenly all of this is going to happen. You arereading this message right now. If that trumpet would sound you would either leave or be left in thetwentieth part of a second. That says something to you and me. It says that I must never do anything Iwouldn't want to be caught doing when He comes. I must never be anywhere that I wouldn't want to bewhen He came for His own. In a moment, the twinkling of an eye, how suddenly it is all going to take place. Yet, so many of you are wrapped up in the cares of this world. You are caught up in your job,your family, your home, and social life that He could come and you would be left outside this thing.How suddenly it could happen. I have seen businessmen as they laid their worship aside to promotetheir business on Sunday. I realize what a dangerous thing this is. We cannot afford to be careless onemoment.I read a great article once about an eagle that escaped from a zoo in St. Louis. It had been in captivityfor a long while and he flew about thirty-five miles before falling on a farm. The farmer captured theeagle and tied him in his yard. He saw an ad in the paper trying to locate the missing eagle. The manfrom the Zoo immediately identified the bird as the one that had escaped. He was ready to take him back to the zoo but the farmer said, "You will have to tell me something about him before I let you