We have passed the midnight hour of 12-12-12. Now the date is past of December 20, 2012, 152 years after the signing of the Ordinance of Secession, which withdrew South Carolina from the Union. It is the hour of the Mayan end of the calendar, Dec 21, 2012. People on my tour are talking about it. Even guests at the debutante ball tonight dancing still at the Hibernian Society Hall are talking about it. Do I believe this date is the end of the world? Is our time of milk and honey over now that we are beyond the Milky Way?
I believe we are on a time line of history. No one knows the day or the hour of His coming. But just as He came bursting forth into our world as a vulnerable babe on Christmas morn, fulfilling prophesies foretold, He will come again, this time in glory to judge both the quick and the dead. St. Philips, the Mother Church of all churches South of Virginia, the first congregation in the Carolinas, is my church, the old, decrepit, tall steepled one on Church St., stuccoed over and mellowed by time. The first Sunday of Advent we heard the words of Jesus telling his inner core followers on the eve of His departure what would be the signs of His return. It was Luke chapter 21. Suddenly I had ears to hear in modern terms. One sign Jesus gave was, “There will be perplexity among the nations concerning the seas and the roaring of the waves.” Wow! Is not that what we call “global warming” and “rising sea levels” and “the melting of the polar ice caps”? In Charleston we notice the higher than usual sea levels washing into streets on the water’s edge as never before. We are perplexed. As are all nations, so curiously together.
I went to Handel’s Messiah by the full orchestra of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Singers Guild in the Cathedral on Broad and Legare. “And the glory of the Lord shall be reveal-ed” is contrasted with “I will sha-a-ake the heavens, the seas, the dry land…” “And darkness shall cover the earth.” Could this prophesy be what it will be like if an electro- magnetic pulse occurs? All electricity will be out as well as the power of the world of technology. Our tower of Babel will be fallen that we rely on. “Fallen fallen is that great city of Babylon,” the world economy.
Yet it is in this time of trial that we are to “lift up your heads, oh ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, that the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of hosts…the Lord strong and mighty, mighty in battle. Lift up your heads!” “He is the King of Glory!” Jesus said when you see these things begin to come to pass, lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh. The world who knows Him not will be perplexed, worried, and downcast, but He reveals His secrets to His servants, the ones who serve Him and who listen to the Voice of the universe, the Creator of heaven and earth. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. In every culture, nation, and religion, whosoever will seek the Truth will recognize the Truth, and the Truth will set him free. We who have heard His warning signs of His return are to be lifted up. So lift up your heads this Christmas and Rejoice greatly.
I jumped and danced tonight at the debutante ball. I hope you dance this Christmas, even if like me, more often than not, you are in your cozy kitchen, a humble but joyful servant to your family and friends. Merry Christmas 2012!