“The publisher was faithful to make corrections for editing.”

Arthur W. Coffey, Jr. has served as a parish pastor for fifteen years, an Army chaplain for twenty-three years, and a Veterans Affairs Medical Center chaplain for twelve years. He was mobilized for Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor, and the Humanitarian Aid tour to Guatemala. Coffey is the recipient of the Witherspoon Award for “most creative use of Scripture,” presented by the National Bible Association and the Armed Forces Chief of Chaplains.

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I have always been one to raise a red flag when people begin talking of end times and current events. I would usually dismiss it and reference Jesus’ statement that “no one (would) know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 24: 36; 25: 36) Since as early as A. D. 960 there have been “millennialists” who stir people up with prophecies, causing them to wait on the mountains or by the seashores only to see time continue to march on and scoffers as described in (2 Peter 3: 3-7). However, in the last several years, I have been led to say that it would be wise to read the newspapers and the Scriptures at the breakfast table at the same time; there is such an intense overlap. In a rebuke to the religious leaders of His day, Jesus said: . . . O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? Matthew 16: 3b KJV Jesus, in answer to His disciples’ question about when the end would be, also said that we should be like a farmer who takes note of the seasonal signs of the trees, etc. to know-a “wake-up call” – that the season is near. I believe there are clear, certain and concise signs of the season in the present day. My Coach tells me that this will be the late, last run.

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