Sometimes I feel so low-down and disgusted...Can't help but wonder what's happenin' to my companions...Are they LOST or are they found?...Have they counted the COST it'll take to bring down...All their EARTHLY PRINCIPLES they're gonna have to abandon?.... There's a slow, slow train comin' up around the bend....
(2)...I had a woman down in Alabama...She was a backwoods girl, but she sure was realistic...She said, "Boy, without a doubt, have to quit your mess and straighten out...You could die down here, be just another accident statistic".... There's a slow, slow train comin' up around the bend....
(3)..All that foreign oil CONTROLLING AMERICAN SOIL...Look around you, it's just bound to make you embarrassed...Sheiks walkin' around like kings, wearing fancy jewels and nose rings...Deciding AMERICA'S FUTURE! from Amsterdam and to Paris.... And there's a slow, slow train comin' up around the bend....
(4)..Man's EGO is inflated, his laws are outdated, they don't apply no more...You can't rely no more to be standin' around waitin'...In the home of the brave, Jefferson turnin' over in his grave...FOOLS GLORIFYING THEMSELVES, trying to MANIPULATE Satan.... And there's a slow, slow train comin' up around the bend....
(5)..Big-time NEGOTIATORS, negotiators, FALSE healers and WOMAN HATERS!...'Masters' of the BLUFF and masters of the proposition...But the ENEMY I SEE WEARS A CLOAK OF DECENCY!...All NON BELIEVERS and MEN STEALERS, TALKIN' IN THE 'NAME OF RELIGION'..... And there's a slow, slow train comin' up around the bend....
(6)..People STARVING and THIRSTING, grain elevators are BURSTING...Oh, you know it costs more to store the food than it do to GIVE it...They say LOSE YOUR INHIBITIONS, follow your OWN AMBITIONS...They 'TALK' about a life of brotherly love...Show me someone who knows how to LIVE IT.... There's a slow, slow train comin' up around the bend....
(7)..Well, my baby went to Illinois with some bad-talkin' boy she could destroy...A real suicide case, but there was nothin' I could do to stop it...I don't care about ecology, I don't care about astrology,...But it sure do bother me to see my loved ones turning into PUPPETS....
There's a slow, slow train comin' up around the bend ARE YOU READY? The Lord is coming soon, His return is imminent, so get ready.
When I and those who I fellowshiped with first heard this song, we all looked at ourselves and the world, and felt in our hearts it couldn't be long before we would Jesus coming back, and making everything that was wrong with this world right again. We couldn't wait, and it was our focus every day. Since that time many of my friends and loved ones who knew the Lord have passed away, gone home to heaven. A few of us of that are left; and watching things unfold in the world now, never thought we'd be here to see the chaos that's unfolding today.
I grew up listening to and watching the events of our day unfold on the television, as my father sat and watched the evening news. Political corruption, the same then as it is now, the Viet Nam war; every day the death toll would be reported of those killed in action. Drugs and crime in the streets here in America climbing, riots in the cities over race discrimination. It looked like the country was falling apart. I saw the tired sense of resignation in my parents, uncles and aunts. They had lived through their own era's turmoils, and wars; WWI, WWII, the Korean war. This and many other factors helped in the wrong decisions and life choices we made, hopelessness is one of the devil's greatest weapons. It eats at the person's soul, and makes the temptations for drugs and alcohol and living for the pleasures of the day very appealing. It's an escape from the reality you have to live in, and seem to have no power to change. I know there's a lot of other reasons people fall into addictions as well, giving in to the influence of bad company, and other's who just plain like their sin. Oh yes, there is pleasure in sin...for a season, but it always catches up with you. The wages of sin is death, and many find this out too late. Today I thank God every day for the truth of the word of God, and what it has brought me out of, and what faith in Christ has done to bring me up out of that hopelessness, and set my feet on a solid rock, and establish my ways. It convicts me when I'm headed in the worng direction, when I fail, when I need correction. God loves me, and wants the best for me, and you; that's why He corrects us.
Almost 40 years later, the world scene has not improved. The same turmoils, corruption, descruction of societies, moral degradation, hostilities, and hatred has only increased. You don't see a lot of it honestly reported on national news media; they are experts of propoganda, lies, and camophlaging the truth. If you really want to know what the condition of this nation is, and the rest of the world, you have to spend time researching for yourself, and when you do, be prepared to have your heart wrenched.
The civil rights movement gained ground for their cause, equality for the black race, but it has not stopped the hatred. Hatred does not have a color or race, it is an individual choice. No matter what color your face is, you always have the choice to hate, or forgive. The choices people are making today, of every color is evident by the wholesale slaughter going on in our cities, communities, and the world over. Anti Semitism is once again raising it's ugly head everywhere, the world did not learn anything from WWII. Islamic terrorism has wreaked havoc everywhere, and the countries in Europe are losing their cultures. Their women are being ravaged and raped by those who follow this barbaric idealogy; and the majority of the world continues to cover this with lies, propoganda, and misguided sympathy. Those who want to see some footage that will help you learn about the Islamic religion for what it really is; Google the images of beheadings, women tortured, rape, and slaughter of children. Read the Koran and study it for yourself, and realize that those who follow this religion intend to fulfil everything it says, and they see nothing wrong with killing you to achieve what they believe; which is to take over the entire world for Allah. If you believe Islam is a religion of peace it is because you choose to close your eyes, and remain ignorant of the facts.
The elites are running their own agenda's within the world governments, and the world as it is portrayed on television and radio is in league with them in covering the truth. Where power lies, who is pulling the strings, and gaining the most from their corrupt schemes, is a mind boggling game of chess. It is not people like you and I, I can assure you. The build up of arms around the world by the saber rattling nations gives us clear warning to keep vigilant watch, because one wrong move, and WWIII could start any moment. These are the perilous days Jesus spoke of in Matthew ch. 24.
However, there is peace in knowing the One who holds all the governments of the world in His hands, and ultimately, it will be Him; Christ, who raises up and casts down those in power. He allows those he chooses for His own purposes, all of them find this out eventually as Nebuchanezzer did.
But the saddest evidence of the lateness of the hour is the destruction of a moral society. This is the description of what we are living in today:
Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2Ti 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2Ti 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
America was founded by Christians, whether anyone likes this or not, or wants to admit it. The school systems today are trying to change the history books, and eliminate this truth, but it doesn't change this fact. The foundations of this country are built on the ten commandments. Every leader who had a hand in writting the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution gave full declaration of the importance of moral law in order to establish a country with any hope of living in integrity, peace, and justice.
Today society reveals it's contempt, and outright hatred for God, and anyone who openly believes in Him. What was once considered perversion is now flaunted and paraded as good and acceptable. Anyone who disagrees is bullied and persecuted into silence, now there are riots, rampages and many have been arrested for standing up for what used to be considered precious family values.
From the beginning of time God established the order of marraige as being between one man and one woman; this has been abolished, and now there is no limit to the immorality people want to force as "normal" into our culture and laws. The erosian of God's standards for marraige and family life will see no end to what they want to have legalized now. If two men, two women can marry, why not three or more. Pedophelia will be brought out and pushed as normal, and there are many who want this legalized. California has pushed for this already, and I am not sure but think they have had a form of it legalized already. Now anyone can choose to be whatever gender they decide when they get up in the morning; and change their minds before the day is over if they wish. This is complete insanity. The bible describes this clearly also:
Rom 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Earlier in this chapter Paul explains how and why someone gets to this place;
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Paul makes it clear that God has revealed himself and his attributes in the earth and the heavens, his own creation reveals his reality; therefore no excuse is left. They who choose to worship idols, and turn to fables and error do so willfully. He leaves them to themselves and their lusts. This is what we are seeing the evidence of today, worldwide.
People will not adhere to any form of honesty. If lieing achieves their goals, they see nothing wrong with it, there is no remorse or thought of reaping any consequences for the lie. They live in a web of deciet, and see nothing wrong with it at all, and raise their kids to be the same way. Respect for elders is gone, senior housing and nursing homes is the avenue many choose today, for many of these reasons. A few older people will be honest enough to admit this, but there are many who just fake it and smile, to keep up a false front, as much of society does in so many areas of life.
The cults, occult, satanic worship, pornography, abortion, has saturated the culture. Schools are allowing satanic after school meetings, but Christian activities are banned, and reading the bible in school has been denied in many cases. Transhumanism, cloning from more than two people to create "designer" babies, abortion if the baby is the "wrong" sex, creating part animal-part human hybrids....yeah; we've come a long way. A few days ago, I saw a spray painted graffiti on a brick wall that said in all capital letters "DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!" That describes the mindset of the world today.
Denominational churches are for the most part silent. There are exceptions, but they are not the majority. Repentance, and preaching sound doctrine against sin, is the exception, not the rule. We have the same pillow prophets today, that Jeremiah spoke of and contended with in his day.
If you read Revelation, and take it literally; all I've mentioned is just setting the world up for horrors described in it that are beyond imagination. Jesus said if the days were not shortened, no one would survive.
America, which was a beacon of light for God and His Son, has lost it's moral compass. Our government doesn't have the will to keep the foundations in place, and uphold and enforce the laws already established. They re-write them, and change them to suite their vain imaginations, and their lusts. More than one writer has paralleled America with the fate of the fall of Rome, for good reason. We seem to have followed them step by step down the same road of destruction; and sadly in far less time. Now we are in the days described in Judges, everyone does what is right in their own eyes.
The catastrophic weather in the last 20 years is also signs the Lord told us to look for; and we are seeing it on a grand scale. Earthquakes, pestilences, famines, volcano's, signs in the skies of things I've never seen before. Things are coming together at a quickening pace.
The slow train we saw coming around the bend in the late 70's-early 80's, has come into full view, the last car is on the straightaway, and it's picking up speed. Now, with even greater anticipation; I'm keeping my eyes on the skies;
Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.