The first telegraph line was laid on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean about 150 years
ago. And the first message? It was "Glory to God in the highest, peace and good will toward men." That was on August
16, 1858...three years before the Civil War began. Can you imagine what the first message might be, if that invention was
just now happening? It might have said something like, "Ha! Now let's build a tower to Heaven." We're hurting
God's feelings today.
At any rate, messages that had been taking ten days
by ship to reach from the United States to England, took only moments with the new cable. Queen Victoria and President James
Buchanan were the leaders of the two countries at that time. What a difference between that age and this one, in which God
seems to be at the bottom of priorities among so many leaders. Isn't it difficult to keep in mind that God is still in
It was just as hard for Christ's followers to remember that. Peter
and many others thought that Jesus had come to put a stop to Roman rule, and I believe that Judas thought that putting Jesus
on the spot, he would have to show his hand as a true King. Even after he was resurrected and came back to be on earth for
40 more days, his own Apostles asked, "Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts
But that was not His Way. His plan was that every person would have a chance
to be one of his Chosen, just as He had first come to the Jewish people, and they had rejected Him. Now, He's reaching
out to everyone in the world, by way of satellites and so many other devices that it boggles the mind. And Bible readers see
a distinct possibility that His Second Coming could be at any time now.
Amos said, "Prepare to meet thy God," at around 760 B.C.,
and the warning
is now in the red zone. If you aren't ready, move it!