Friday, November 16, 2018

The End is Near

“ The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen”

Yes it is near, even though this was written 2000 years ago. Since Jesus spoke of end things and gave the same to the Apostles to write much has happened. In fact all prophecies that were foretold have occurred. Now we await the second coming of our Lord. For the Jewish people, your Messiah is coming soon. In fact I believe we are on the last lap around the stadium on our marathon race. So, “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book” (revelation 22:7). The Aramaic says “Maranatha- [ I Am Coming Quickly ] He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).  What a wonderful promise of the 7,500 promises from God in Scripture. This is our eternal hope, the soon return of Jesus for us His children.

Yes, He is coming for us. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). This verse speaks of the “rapture” of His people. God will come for us and take us to be with Him as He describes in John 14:1-4. The exact timing of this rapture is unknown and debated, but it will be in the “Twinkling of the eye, at the last trumpet” (1 Corinthians 15:52).  Yes we will be raised imperishable to be with the Lord. What an exciting time, moment, event to wait patiently.  It is the consummation of our lives on earth and the beginning of our lives in heaven and in a New Earth when we return with Jesus to reign as Revelation foretells.

So, how are you doing? Do you live in hope and joy for the coming of the Lord? Or is that day portending to be a very bad one for you? If you don’t trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I get it. You will have a bad and very bad day for you will be heading to live in darkness away from the presence of God forever at that moment. It is your choice. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare” (2 Peter 3:10-11 NIV).

Well, there it is, the wonderful promise of His coming and soon. I for one have made the most important decision of my life, to trust in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. How about you? If Scripture is true, and I believe it is, then why would you want to miss the boat? Why would you want to live in darkness eternally? “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). That’s where I want to be and I would like to see you there too!  Grace and Peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

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