Saturday, June 30, 2007

When Will the World End?

Thanks for the question Harry T.

This question tends to be asked frequently by people. Every few years we hear about some person or group claiming that the end of the world is going to happen in so many days. These people usually sell all their possessions and convince others to do the same, claiming that they know when the day and time of the end will come. Later that date passes, and they find themselves completely destitute. Let's look at how the Holy Bible answers this question.

No One Knows
Jesus states, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, not the Son, but only the Father."
Matthew 24:35-36

He'll Come When You Don't Expect Him
Jesus states, "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your LORD will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him."
Matthew 24:42-44

I have had many conversations with people who claim to be Christians, but only want "to do the bare minimum to get through the doors" (whatever that means). I have heard of unbelievers claiming that they'll live life the way they want, but on their death bed will acknowledge Christ as personal LORD and Savior to get into heaven. Both of these groups of people should fully examine their hearts. Let's look at the Holy Bible here for clarification.

Forgiveness is Available to All
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

But Not Automatic
"Not everyone who says to me, 'LORD, LORD' will enter the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 7:21

You Must Repent
"But unless you repent, you too will all perish."
Luke 13:3

I would caution "Christians in name only" and unbelievers that plan on "converting" on their death beds that they are playing a serious game of Russian roulette with their eternal salvation. Really accept Jesus today, and ask Him to be your personal Savior and LORD. Then when the Holy Spirit begins to live in you, you will be amazed at what He will lead you to do. He has a wonderful plan for your life. You've heard the expression, "Be all that you can be." Let's start being all that God wants us to be. Choose a Godly lifestyle that pleases your Father, develop a personal relationship with Him, and you will never have to worry about when the world will end. If you trust in Jesus as your Savior, you will live eternally with Him forever. I look forward to spending eternity with you in heaven. Praise God for his mercy!

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