THIS LIFE IS NOT ABOUT THIS LIFE
Every true christian believes with absolute certainty that Jesus Christ will return and the invitation to His Kingdom will be withdrawn.
It is absolutely amazing that the timeless God, so huge and powerful that he could speak and create the universe then fashion this one little planet as our home in all its beauty, intricacy, and its 8 million species gives every human individually the invitation to become his child and a citizen of His Kingdom, to take part in the first resurrection, and be with Him forever. Christianity is not a set of rules to keep to earn eternal life - it is to enter into a living, loving eternal relationship with Jesus Christ as a child of God.
So when will the world end?. This question was asked of Jesus almost 2,000 years ago "Later, Jesus sat on the Mt of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said "Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?"
Jesus made it very plain that he was not going to tell them but gave them signs to look for - "There will be wars and threats of wars, nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, plagues, and earthquakes in many parts of the world and terrifying things in the heavens. Here on earth nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. People will be terrified at what they see coming on the earth. Christians will be hated in all parts of the world.(Read Matthew chapter 24 and Luke chapter 21 for a fuller picture).
The Old Testament books of Ezekiel and Daniel, written in the 6th century BC are two of the most prophetic books in the bible giving many prophecies about the coming of Jesus Christ which were fulfilled 500-600 years later. They also give many prophecies about the time of the end which is yet to be. The last chapter of Daniel gives us another sign to look for "many shall rush to and fro throughout the earth and knowledge shall increase". This can carry the sense of many travelling but also mass migration, refugee movements, and displacement on a scale never seen before. The exponential increase in technology and general knowledge is amazing and accelerating.
The bible is clear that at the time of the end the world will be in a state of environmental, political, economic, and social turmoil.
The Book of Revelation, last book in the Bible, gives us much more detail about the traumatic events to take place in the last years of human existence as we know it as God finally gives up on humanity and steps in to punish those who reject His Son.
The re-establishment of the nation of Israel was prophesied 2,500 years ago and was fulfilled in 1948. The survival of Israel despite the attempts of many to eradicate it is another sign of God at work fulfilling his promises. The Bible speaks of a last great battle (Armageddon) to take place with Jerusalem as its focal point during which one third of the population of the world will die. The Bible speaks of 4 great powers participating - a european power led by Germany, a northern power led by Russia, an eastern power led by China and a southern power led by Iran or Saudi Arabia. Events in the Middle East and Europe over the past 10 years are putting everything in place.
Finally Jesus Christ will return to earth the second time and establish His Kingdom and rule from Jerusalem in a time of great peace and contentment in the world as people finally obey the commandments of God and understand and follow the way of life he wants us to live.
The invitation comes to you from Jesus Christ to become His child and a citizen of His kingdom. He will not force you, he invites you. Its up to you.
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God's one and only Son. John 3 v 16-18
What will the new heaven and earth be like?
The Apostle John while in exile in the island of Patmos wrote the book of Revelation (last book of the Bible).
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne saying, Look, God's home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people, God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or crying or sorrow or pain. All these things are gone forever. Revelation chapter 21 v 1 4.
When Jesus was about 30 years old (around 1970 years ago) he moved from Nazareth where he was brought up to Capernaum on the shores of Lake Galilee and started his public ministry. The crowds begged him not to leave them but he replied "I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns too, because that is why I was sent". Luke 4 verse 42-43.
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