End times

by pastortimfowler

Matthew 24:3-8 (GW)
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will this happen? What will be the sign that you are coming again, and when will the world come to an end?”
4 Jesus answered them, “Be careful not to let anyone deceive you.
5 Many will come using my name. They will say, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many people.
6 “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Don’t be alarmed! These things must happen, but they don’t mean that the end has come.
7 Nation will fight against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
8 All of these are only the beginning pains of the end.

It would be easy to look at the things that are happening these days and scream out that the end is near. Today’s horrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan, last month a huge quake in Australia, wars and riots in the middle east, our own country spiraling into a place that all but denounces its Christian heritage. It would be easy to see the events of today and compare it to the scripture above and fear that the end is near.
I want to try to speak some logical thinking into the mix. 2 Peter chapter 3, we are told that even in those days people were thinking that the end was near and doubting the fact that Jesus was returning. Jesus told us that no one would know the time and that we could only see signs. Here is the logic. When God does something He does it bigger that anything or better than anything or more complete than anything. Although the times of today are troublesome they are not worse than ever before. We have more access to the news of the day and technologies to help us examine things like never before, but the Old Testament is full of wars, quakes, floods, and droughts, and as you know the end was not near then.
Sure we are closer today than ever before to the time when God decides that enough is enough and He wraps it all up. But it will not change the fact that there is one thing that we tend to lose focus on. For those who proclaim to be Christians, we have work to do. We have people to help and to love and to rescue from a fate far worse than any earthquake or tsunami, we need to rescue souls from hell.

When you turn out the lights tonight, if God is gracious enough to wake you in the morning, you are one day closer to the end. If you don’t wake up, it won’t matter and you will never have another chance to tell someone who you love about salvation through Jesus Christ.

What are you waiting on, the end times? Chances are that your time will end first, so don’t waste the time you have.

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2 Responses to “End times”

  1. I have been really worried you just dispelled most of my worries! Could you email me? I have a few questions I would like to ask.

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