“March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” —English Proverb
September 11, 2001, will forever be etched in our memory, as long as we have a breath of life within us! A more sobering thought is, what will be the next sign of His coming? As I peruse the Spirit of Prophecy each night upon retiring, I am made ever aware of the very shortness of time and the insecurity of our own lives from day to day.
Last Day Events, 83, states, “At the time when the danger and depression of the church are greatest, the little company who are standing in the light will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land. But more especially will their prayers arise in behalf of the church because its members are doing after the manner of the world.” Serious thoughts are they not? “Light has been given me that the cities will be filled with confusion, violence, and crime, and that these things will increase till the end of this earth’s history.” Ibid., 110. So we, as many are doing, need to find ways to move to the country. “I have seen the most costly structures in buildings erected and supposed to be fireproof, and just as Sodom perished in the flames of God’s vengeance so will these proud structures become ashes.…The flattering monuments of men’s greatness will be crumbled in the dust even before the last great destruction comes upon the world.” Ibid., 111.
“God is withdrawing His Spirit from the wicked cities, which have become as the cities of the antediluvian world and as Sodom and Gomorrah.…Costly mansions, marvels of architectural skill, will be destroyed without a moment’s notice when the Lord sees that the owners have passed the boundaries of forgiveness. The destruction by fire of the stately buildings, supposed to be fireproof, is an illustration of how in a short time earth’s architecture will lie in ruins.
“Men will continue to erect expensive buildings, costing millions of money. Special attention will be called to their architectural beauty and the firmness and solidity with which they are constructed, but the Lord has instructed me that despite the unusual firmness and expensive display, these buildings will share the fate of the temple in Jerusalem.” Ibid., 112.
“Gluttony and intemperance lie at the foundation of the great moral depravity in our world. Satan is aware of this and he is constantly tempting men and women to indulge the taste at the expense of health and even life itself. Eating, drinking, and dressing are made the aim of life with the world. Just such a state of things existed before the Flood. And this state of dissipation is one of the marked evidences of the soon close of this earth’s history.” Ibid., 22.
Recipe – Pocket Bread
1 tablespoon yeast
1 1/4 cups warm distilled water
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water and let work. Gradually add other ingredients to make a stiff dough. Knead until smooth and elastic.
Let rise, until double in bulk, then turn out on board. After dividing into 8 pieces, approximately 5″ in diameter, flatten each ball with a rolling pin. Place on baking sheet about 3/4″ apart and let rise until double in bulk. Bake at 400 degrees for 4 minutes. Change pan positions and bake an additional 4–6 minutes. To serve, cut in half and separate to create pockets. Place anything in them that suits your taste.