In 1911, Welshman Arthur Moore, an enthusiastic, and very able amateur wireless operator, intercepted a signal from the Italian Government declaring war on Libya. The London Daily Sketch headlined Arthur’s news, which was later proven to be true. By 1912 Arthur Moore had so developed and improved his equipment that he was receiving messages from far and wide and had become a source of advance information of international events.
Then, in the early hours of the 15th April 1912 Arthur Moore picked up a Morse Code distress signal from the RMS Titanic: “CQD CQD SOS de MGY Position 41.44N 50.24W. Require immediate assistance. Come at once. We have struck an iceberg. Sinking….We are putting the women off in the boats…..” He continued to copy out the Morse Code signals he was receiving: “We are putting the passengers off in small boats” “Women and children in boats, cannot last much longer…..” Then came the final signal: “Come as quickly as possible old man; our engine-room is filling up to the boilers.”
He reported the news to the local constabulary. But this time nobody believed him. Wasn’t the Titanic unsinkable? And also, at that time it was considered impossible for anyone to pick up a wireless signal at a distance of 3000 miles. So, it cannot be true.
It was nearly two days before London newspapers carried the full text of the signals which had been picked up by other ships in the area, confirming that Arthur Moore was, indeed, the first person in the UK to hear the news of the Titanic disaster. For Arthur Moore, this extraordinary feat of wireless technology, by an untrained amateur, was the beginning of a remarkable career working for Marconi and then supervising the installation of wireless equipment on all the ships of the British Navy during the first World War.
A Stunning Revelation
I wouldn’t have known any of the above, were it not for a member of the Alvis Owner Club, who was reading my book One Life, Many Cars and sent me details of Arthur Moore, who, he told me, had been a previous owner of the car featured on its front cover – see below!
I was totally stunned to think that Arthur Moore’s car had once been mine and I began to ask the Lord what He might be saying to me through this revelation? As I thought about this extraordinary piece of information, the message that came was very simple, but very clear. Just as people did not believe that Arthur Moore could have received a message that the Titanic was sinking, the world has not believed the message of Scripture that this world is also sinking and that Jesus is coming again.
The SOS messages have gone out about climate change and a world that is only concerned about its own earthly survival is now listening. But when will the world, and the Church, start to take seriously the eternal SOS messages that are so clear in Scripture, that the world as we know it will have an end? And that Jesus, the Saviour of all those who come to Him will return, as he promised. But this time it will be in power and great glory, and those that are not found in Him will be like doomed passengers on the Titanic, without hope of rescue.
Why does the Church seem so embarrassed about declaring to a fallen world that it’s time to seek the Lord, while He may be found? The prophets were right about the first coming of Jesus and people seem happy enough to remember at Christmas that He came. But the prophetic messages about the second coming are just as reliable and as we enter the season of Advent we are challenged to prepare our hearts for His return. It was Jesus who said, “Keep watch. Because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:13).
Just as none of us know either the day or the hour when the number of our days will be complete, neither do we know when the Lord’s return will be. But one day the knowledge of His coming will circle the globe in a moment of time – wireless messages will not be needed. For those who know Him it will be a moment of glorious revelation as they welcome their Saviour. But for those who have ignored the message of salvation . . . . .