The End Is Coming

The End Is Coming

1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”  I heard a story the other day about a woman who said, “My mother and I returned to my parents’ house late one evening to find my father, my college-age brother, and my sister fast asleep. My mom had forgotten her house keys, so we knocked loudly, first at the back door and then the front and side doors. They yelled her father’s name over and over, with no answer. They even blew the car horn which aroused the neighbors, but no one at her house. They walked over to a friend’s house and phoned home, finally waking her brother. When they got back, her brother let them in. Dad was in bed, snoring, with the television on. Mom quietly switched it off. Dad woke right up. “’Do not turn that off,’ he said. ‘I am watching it!” {{more}}  Several applications could be made, but here is mine. Her dad is asleep while the worlds show rushes on. And perhaps he is asleep in regard to everything else that is going on, including the Lord. What about you? Are you asleep? Romans 13:11-12 says, “And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Amen! Paul was saying that the grand finale of salvation is almost here. The time is closer than it’s ever been. We need to wake up.In many ways you are asleep and you do not see what is coming. Consequently, you are not working. You are not working for the Lord. You are only busily involved with life’s pursuits. Matthew 24:3 says, “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately.”Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” The end; those words do not sound good unless it is “the end” to a bad movie or the end to something bad that has happened to us in life. Then there is the end of the world when the Lord is going to put His foot down, so to speak, and call everything to a halt. What some consider to be the end of the world may only be the start of something better for us who are in Christ. Amen!What is going to happen before the end? Jesus talks about several things that we need to be aware of: There will be worldwide chaos, be hatred of people, there will be false leaders, there will be much wickedness and there will be worldwide chaos. Matthew 24:6-8 says, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” Amen! There will be worldwide chaos in the form of wars, famines and earthquakes before the end of the world. All I can say is you do not need to add to any chaos in this world or our country. How do we avoid this? Romans 12:17-18 says, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” We strive for peace with all people. Amen!You must preach Christ, witness for Christ and speak for Christ, but do it as kindly and peaceably as possible. There will be hatred of people. Matthew 24:9-10 says, “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.” Amen!In some ways you should not be too surprised when people turn away from the faith, drop out of the church and stop going anywhere. It will happen to some people. Most people who drop out are either mad or dissatisfied for one reason or another and they generally end up going to another church. If they can be happy and grow in the Lord somewhere else then so be it!Brothers and sisters, you can expect some persecution and or slander in this world if you take a stand for Christ. For example, when was the last time that you spoke up for Christ at work? Did everybody love you for it? It is doubtful. Thank God for those who do speak out for Christ, but when you do, you may expect some criticism or opposition. However, you must confess Jesus if you want Him to confess us. Maybe I am just getting old or older, but I do not fear speaking for Christ like I once did. But you all should regardless of the opposition in this world. Always remember this as you see hatred increase in our world: 1st John 4:4 says,”Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world!” Amen!Matthew 24:11, “And many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” False prophets and false Christ’s will make the scene in the last days. There was Prophet Jim Jones of the terrible Guyana tragedy on November 18, 1978 when he lied to his followers and convinced them or commanded them to drink Kool-aid laced with poison. 913 people were found dead, including Jim Jones. Jones thought he was the re-incarnated Christ. All I can say is, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” In his case, it may well have been more judgment than for others. Matthew 24:12 says, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. A preacher once said it is often supposed that when people stop believing in God, they believe in nothing. Alas, it is worse than that. When they stop believing in God, they believe in anything. And I would add they will do anything, anything evil or wicked. When wickedness increases, love will decrease. It is as simple as that.Nearly every week you hear horror stories of people killing, raping and stealing. Worse yet you hear the horror of horror stories of people abusing, raping, molesting and killing children and babies. How God must hurt when he sees such wickedness! And He sees it all. If you hurt and cry when you hear such things, just think how much greater God’s pain must be! What can you do? What must you do? Even though the love of most will grow cold, your love must grow stronger for people! You must continue to love people as best you can and as strongly you can in order to fight against the evil in our world! 1st Peter 4:7-8 says, “The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Amen!The one good thing that I see about the end of the world is that there will be more preaching of the gospel! God’s people will “step up” the pace in their preaching and witnessing. We all need to be witnessing more and speaking out more for Christ! And there needs to be more missions and missionaries. My point of this week’s message is simply this. God decides when this world will come to an end. Not the super people or the super powers of this world. God alone is the super power of the universe! When that time comes, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Amen!