Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation (def. distraction; frivolous amusement) and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all that is to take place in the last days and to stand before the Son of Man. Luke 21:34-36
The fearsome Day of The Lord, spoken of by the prophets Joel (2:10, 3:3-4), Isaiah (13:10, 24:19, 34:4), Zephaniah (21:15), and Daniel (7:13-14) was also envisioned by John the Evangelist (Revelation). It is no secret and it should be no surprise that this world will come to a violent end. This Mark tells us to pray for escape.
The day will surely come when the scales of Justice and Mercy will tilt with the weight of Justice. This is the day for which many foolish people yearn when they demand that evil be punished and good rewarded. The human problem with justice is that God is the Judge Whose standards are high, and Whose judgments can be mysterious, but final.
To practice mercy, forgiveness, and tolerance is to prepare one's self to meet the real living God, Who will probably not be the character you or I have imagined Him to be.
Prepare with prayer for the day when the God of love and tolerance, patience and mercy separates the commingled good and evil with a vengeance of fire and thunder, with the darkening of the sun and the moon.
Of all of the shocked victims of tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, I wonder how many were ready and able to escape the destruction of their souls.
Learn to read, learn to drive, learn calculus and physics, but for God's sake and your own, learn the commands, these Marks, learn to hear the voice of God, and to learn to pray. For only through the prayer of your knowledgeable Spirit-filled heart can you receive the strength and ability to escape the justice due to heretics, heathen, hypocrites, and worst of all, unbelievers, who have rejected God all along.
For on the fearsome Day of The Lord, there will be no place to hide.
Learn to fly.