Archive for ‘End Times’

December 27, 2011

I Don’t Know When

by pastortimfowler

There are only a few days left in the year. Really?!?! 2011 is almost over? Time flies when you are having fun. I just hope that this isn’t our last days, because I have already paid for my cruise in January. What am I talking about? The Mayan calendar that ends in 2011. Oh wait; never mind. I was just told that we have until December 2012 before it all ends. The good news is that I won’t have to do any Christmas shopping for next year and I get to take my cruise if this is true.
What if we only had a few days left? What would it be like?
Imagine for a moment that we were told beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world would end in a few days. Do you think it would be a fun place to finish out your last days? Or do you think it would be pure chaos? I would put my money on the chaos. It would be nice to think that brotherly love would break out and we would all gather around to sing and hug for the remainder of our lives, but something tells me that it would be a dangerous and violent place with rape and theft and fear for those who are weak.
The Bible tells us that in the last days, there will be just that type of situation. Violence and fear, not peace and love. Left to ourselves, humanity will self destruct and there is not much that we can do about it. Laws can only restrain lawlessness as long as there is someone to enforce the laws with consequences that compel one to think twice before committing such an act. It is also God that puts a sense of right and wrong in our hearts and a fear of knowing that one day we will be judged. It is God that restrains evil and allows for order in our world and even with Him in control that potential for evil in humans is barely kept in check.
The difference between the last days of the world without God and the last days of the world with God are pretty simple. Without God, there is no hope and it all ends in destruction. With God, there is hope and He promises a new life, new heaven and new earth. God is the God of hope. He is the God of salvation. He is life and love and He offers this freely to all who ask.
The Bible tells us that no man knows the hour or the day of the end of the world as we know it. Only God. But He promises to those who know Him and His salvation that we will not face His wrath, but be saved. I do believe that it is a good thing that we don’t know the hour or the day. Many religious “know-it-alls” have tried to say that they know the end and predict the date, but they are fools. God does not want us to know the time of the end because He wants us focused on life. He wants us loving people and helping those in need and sharing the good news that He saves and He loves. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of self-control.
I don’t know when it all will end but I do know Jesus, so…Bring on 2012!!!

March 11, 2011

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.