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The End Is Near!!

The end is near! 

Haven’t we all heard that before? Maybe even seen a street evangelist touting a sign and shouting “Repent! The end is near.” Jesus Himself told His disciples that although He was leaving “in a little while He would be back.” John 16:16-20 NKJV 

The End Is Near!

But just how near? Will Jesus return in our lifetime? This decade perhaps? Maybe this year? How about this month? Could He come back tomorrow?  Or will He wait much longer before bringing this age to a close? 

The End Is Near!

Look around. Look at your community. How does it compare with the recent past? Compare the world around you today to the world your parents grew up in. Has the overall condition of the neighborhood improved or deteriorated over time? 

The Word of God tells us that in the end days it will be perilous times. But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Tim 3:1-5 KNJV

Does this paint a picture of the world we live in or must society move further away from God and civility to fit this description? 

The End Is Near!

Look around. Broaden your vision and look at the world as it is today. Consider world history both recent and past. Compare the world today to the world your parents grew up in. Has the overall condition of the society, or for that matter our planet itself, improved or deteriorated over time? Are you witnessing the continuing evolution of mankind as the world would have you believe? Or are you clearly seeing what I like to call the de-evolution of this world.  

Paul puts it this way in discussing the state of the world – consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hopethat the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.                  Romans 8:18-21 NIV

The bondage of decay – This world is in bondage (helpless to stop or prevent) to a condition of decay. This is not a description of something evolving into a better condition than its previous state but rather a slow downward descent into a state of destruction.

Paul goes one to say that “the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” and “even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” Romans 8:22 &23 KNJV

Jesus told us what the world would look like before His return. He said these things would be the beginnings f sorrows.

Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:4-14 NKJV

He told us that when we see things to look up because our redemption draws near.

Yes!! That’s right even Jesus said the end is near some 2000 years ago. Sooner or later it will be here! 

The End Is Near!!

Covid-19 has and will continue to change the world around us into a new norm. Social distancing, telecommuting, food shortages, schools closed, city streets turned into ghost towns. The world as we knew it just a short time ago may never be again. If you use any of your quarantine time searching the Internet you’ll find theories about this pandemic,  how it came to be what does it mean and when will it end. You’ll find conspiracy theories about the heralding in of a cashless society or the Mark of The Beast,  New World Order and the implementation of an authoritarian government. 

It’s a rabbit hole that’s not easy to get out of so avoid it and concentrate on a real and personnel relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He is all you need. He is all anyone needs. 

The End Is Near! 

Frankly, whether Jesus returns to take His children home today, tomorrow or some distant day we need to be ready. Whether this pandemic or some other event, large scale or personally, takes our health away and brings the end we need to be ready.

“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.  For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

 

Personal note – not that it matters but for the sake of full disclosure we do believe that the Lord’s return, as evident by the Rapture of the Church is closer than most may believe. Clearly our opinion isn’t of importance here. The only thing that’s important is establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ or strengthening that relationship  if you already know Him.

 The End Is Near!!

Old Earth or New Earth – Cosmos Controversy

To those who may not have noticed, the Internet is a buzz with haters. There are those who hate the TV series called Cosmos. They are taking a stand against the shows host – Mr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, against the Evolution the show promotes, against the producers at Fox and the advertisers and on and on and on. Likewise there are those who are hating the “science deniers” and the “science-challenged” and the conservative “fundies” and the right wing Tea Party.

Ok, the sides are clearly defined in a controversy of the ages and there are also just as clearly a good number of militantly, radically and thoroughly committed devotees on both sides. Unfortunately, these loudly outspoken extremist only help to fuel their oppositions case and so on and so on….

In the midst of all it his extremism there has to be a middle ground. Even if that demilitarized zone is simply that we agree to disagree!

Oh no! I didn’t just propose peace! I obviously do not understand what is at stake here! After all there is only one truth – and it’s not theirs!

Well, maybe I don’t understand what is at stake. Perhaps, if they attempt to prove their point regarding the origins of life, the age of the planet and the birth of the infinite cosmos it will cause the God I worship to cease to exist. Perhaps if they present a state-of-the-art show using all of the cinematic mastery at their disposal it will shame our God into hiding. Maybe they will cause the foundations of our very existence to crumble and we will have to change the past 2,000 years of history to conform to this new “truth”.

Or, maybe, we who say we believe in the God of Creation need to remember a few basic truths of our own. The very Bible that tells us about the Creation in Genesis also tells us God made man in His own image. So when Adam was one minute old he was an adult man. Not a helpless infant crying for his Mommy! Likewise that same Bible tells us that God created the heavens and all they contain and the very same age discrepancy seen with Adam could easily be seen in the cosmos.  This same God who created everything could very well have created it “old”. There is a bit of irony in that some in the science community, who say we believers are limiting science by our narrow view of things, are the very same people who are putting our all powerful God in a small box. Not wishing to be too controversial but there are “old earth” theorists within the Christian community. But they also are met with haters. Whether the earth is old and science is then validating the God of Creation or the earth is new and the Bible is in direct opposition to the science of today, really isn’t the point. The point, I believe, is in how we believer respond. After all the courts removed God from school back in the sixties and we have seen a decline down a slippery slope ever since. We should not be surprised by this TV show or, for that matter, many other secular decisions being made to change the world around us today.

Jesus told us that the world would hate us if we belonged to Him. He also stated that broad is the way and many that shall find it that leads to destruction. Paul tells us in Romans chapter one verses 18-22 that –The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools

Or, as written in Paul’s 2nd letter to the church in Thessalonian  chapter 2 verses 10-12 – And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

All creation

Perhaps, before we become bad witnesses for Christ as we attempt to defend Him by beating others into submission, we should obey Him and simply “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” and let Jesus defend Himself.

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven – Matthew 5:16    Be Blessed, Al and Betty