Monday, 9 April 2012

The Last Days??

Many people ask this question today - Are we in the last days of history in the world we know? or When will the end of the world be? While no one knows the day or the time of the end of the world, in the Bible we find specific things that we can look for that tell us the time is drawing closer. In 2 Timothy 3:1-5 is a description of what society will be like in the last days. What things in the passage coincide with what we see all around us on the evening news or in our own neighborhoods today? 2Timothy 3:1-5 1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
We see many, many of these being played out daily ..let's just take covetous for an example, people want  to have what others have or to be what some celebrity is so they purchase the latest products and gadgets to keep up with friends or celebrities , and thereby increase their debt loads to unbearable levels. Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God - God requires that he has first place in our hearts and lives and so when we allow our desires for pleasure to get in front we are sinning against our Father in Heaven.
Also in Matthew 24 is an excellent discription of what the world will look like just prior to Christ's return.
Matthew 24: 5-12
5For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
 6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
 7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
 8All these are the beginning of sorrows.
 9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
 10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
 11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
 12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Look in verse 6 where it says there will be wars and rumors of wars. According to verse 7, there will be famines, earthquakes and pestilence. Pestilence is widespread infectious fatal disease - perhaps something like swine flu or bird flu or even possibly AIDS.  We see and hear of these things happening pretty much every day on the news. 
Other things to look for is the introduction of a cashless society, the Antichrist coming onto the world stage and setting up a peace treaty with Israel.  Israel became a nation in 1948 fulfuilling Bible prophecy, and there is an ever increasing threat of war in the middle east so all these things that the Bible tells us to look for are beginning to take place.
So the most important question to answer is not when will all this happen? ... but rather... have you come to Christ and accepted Him into your heart and life, and repented of your sin, believing that He died for you on the cross, rose again on the third day and He is the only way to Heaven?  This is the way to be prepared for all that is to come. Have you made sure that you will be ready to meet Jesus when He comes? Do so today.

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