Recently, a number of people have mentioned to us that they, or friends, have received notice of the fine - and that they had not realised that the system had changed, but thought that the tolls had simply been cancelled!
Yesterday, my wife and I drove from Wishaw to Maidstone (Kent) to spend the evening with longstanding friends before boarding the ferry for France this afternoon. The first mention of the new Dartford Crossing was a full 171 miles from the crossing. Then, at 137 miles, there was a second warning of the tolls that have to be paid. And so it went on. I simply fail to understand how some people can claim that they didn't know!
There is a coming event of cataclysmic proportions. It is the Rapture of the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ, when He meets with His people "in the air" (I Thess.4:17). It will be followed by a time of tribulation that will make the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to which I referred yesterday seem like a playground scuffle! That will last for seven years, at the end of which the Lord Jesus will return, with His bride (His disciples) to reign on earth for a thousand years.
My point is that no-one should be surprised by all of this. He is constantly providing 'warning signs'. The Bible is full of them -
- The return of Israel to their land (1948)
- Decline of morality
- Natural Disasters
- Wars and rumors of wars
- Increased Technology
- Global Government
- False Prophets and False teaching
- People will follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
- Exponential global population growth
- Translation of the Gospel and preaching of the Gospel to the whole world.
The tragedy is not simply that so many seem to ignore the signs, but that the consequence of doing so will be, not a monetary fine, but eternity cut off from the God Who longs to have them with Him.
Jesus said: "You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times." (Matt 16:3).