The End of the World as We Know It
In the past several weeks, we've had more than our fair share of disasters on Planet Earth: hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, you name it. And the devastation isn't limited to our part of the northern/western hemisphere, either. Nations around the globe are being rocked by fire, flood, and famine. Things are getting so bad, in fact, many of you have asked me if we're coming up on the end of the world.
Short answer: yes.
Long answer: the answer to that question is always yes.
Luke 21:25-36//Matthew 24:23-35//Mark 13:23-37 tell us many natural disasters and other negative events will happen in the last days. Texts throughout the writings of Paul (especially 1&2 Thessalonians and 1&2 Timothy) teach us the world will reject the word of God before the end comes, and 1&2 Peter warn us of false teachers who will come while reminding us that Christ will come again just as he has promised. Every generation, including that of the Twelve, has believed itself to be living at the end of the world, in the last days before Jesus comes back for his Church.
Eventually one of us has to be right.
These may all be signs of the end. It could be God's way of trying to get our attention and call us to repentance. It could be both. It could be neither. Regardless, the biblical message is clear: watch and be ready. Expect Jesus to return at any moment, and become a Christian before he does. Today is the day of salvation, friend. And tomorrow may never come.