Good morning: Before bedtime I usually grab my phone and check the weather forecast. One of the first things I do most mornings is to again look at the forecast. A lot depends on the weather. This past week of wall-to-wall sunshine and unseasonably warm temps has been ideal for raking and other yardwork. On the other hand, if the forecast is for cold and rain, we’re going to adjust our plans accordingly. But do you always trust the weather report? Meteorology is not an exact science. The forecast is often stated in percentages. There is an 80% chance of rain next week or maybe 50%, depending on where the low pressure system tracks. Jesus once talked to the Pharisees about weather forecasting: “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times” (Matt. 16:2-3). Jesus’ concern, of course, went deeper than knowing how to prepare for incoming weather. Jesus wanted His listeners to be prepared for the coming of His kingdom. The signs were all there pointing to the fulfillment of God’s promise to send His Son who would call people to repentance and faith. This was the “fair weather summertime” to hear and believe before the dark storm clouds of judgment would build on the horizon and quickly overtake the world. We’re living today in that opportune season to hear the Lord’s forecast in Scripture of the world’s end and judgment day. “Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). The dark clouds are building, and it’s just a matter of time before the storm hits. There is a 100% chance that Jesus will come to judge the world. For those who procrastinated and didn’t get ready, and for those who didn’t believe that they would ever have to face God, it will be a day of unspeakable terror. For those who prepared by looking to Jesus with humble hearts and trust in His saving work, it will be a day of joyful wonder and excitement. It’s a forecast you can count on and live by. In Jesus’ name, Pastor Services tomorrow are at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at both services. Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m. and Bible class at 9:30 a.m. Help for the Braun family next Saturday: A cleanup day is planned at the Brauns’ home beginning at 9 a.m. next Saturday, Nov. 12. There is yardwork to be done and electronics, tools, etc. to be moved out and disposed of. Remember to turn clocks “back” one hour tonight for the end of Daylight Saving Time. The Ram Page Click here to view the November issue of the Messiah School newsletter.