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Was This A Real Fire?

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Was This A Real Fire?


The smoke alarm jolted me into consciousness this morning. Was this a fire? I couldn’t smell smoke. The screeching wouldn’t stop. Not sure what caused the alarm, I jumped out of bed and hurriedly grabbed the closest shirt and pants.

I made sure I had my car keys, watch, phone, and wallet. I stuffed my iPad and computer into my computer bag. Looking around the room for important things to take, I spotted my prescription meds. Then I remembered to get my passport.

The outside window showed no smoke, or people fleeing the building. Opening my door, I smelled no smoke coming from the hallway. So, I stuck my head out and saw the housemaid getting more supplies from her cart and taking them back into the room she was servicing.

No one else on the floor appeared in their doorway. Afraid to take an elevator, I headed straight for the stair well. Going downstairs, I opened the 3rd Floor door. I smelled no smoke. The only visible person was another housemaid cleaning a room. I continued down to the 2nd floor, opened the door, smelled no smoke, and saw no one stirring but another housemaid.

I opened the door to the 1st floor, smelled no smoke, and saw no one beside another housemaid. Cars were still parked in the lot, but no guest believed the alarm enough to do anything. Not even the employees seemed to be bothered.

Why was I the only one responding to the sound of the alarm?

Why did the staff seemed unconcerned? (Had they heard it too many times before?)

No announcement had been made.

It was not a noon or mid-day drill. This was morning time. Yet no one was in the breakfast area. No one was behind the front desk. It felt eerie.

No one responded but me. I sat in the lobby with the alarm ringing for another twenty minutes. Finally, it went off. I saw no one. I headed back to my room. Then I remembered something that really bothered me.

I remembered how that people have gotten accustomed to preaching about the coming of the Lord. They have gotten so used to hearing about the last days, that they have tuned out the urgency. Folks don’t seem to respond like they used to.


Noah’s Preaching Was Ignored

Matt 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Matt 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matt 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Matt 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Matt 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.


The Foolish Virgins And Wise Virgins All Slept.

Matt 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Matt 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

Matt 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

Matt 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

Matt 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Matt 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

Matt 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

Matt 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.


Has Your Spirit Been Asleep During The Preaching Lately?

It’s Time To Wake Up!


Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 19, 2019 at 7:57 pm

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  1. Such a timely post. I’ve heard it since I was a child–Jesus could come any moment. Actually I believe I heard such preaching more often then than I do now. I want to be ready. Thank you for the reminder. Blessings to you and your wife.

    Shirley Buxton

    February 19, 2019 at 8:22 pm

  2. Awesome message


    February 20, 2019 at 8:44 am

  3. What a great blog! I don’t ever want to take this message for granted!! Thanks!!


    February 20, 2019 at 12:03 pm

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