Do you ever think about how it will end? We all die, I get that. I’m not talking about us as individuals, but the world in general. How will the world end? Perhaps a giant meteor will blast the earth out of orbit and we’ll get sucked up by the sun. Or maybe we’ll be liquified by a super-volcano. It’s quite possible that aliens or zombies will take over and render us extinct. Today the smart money is on “nuclear weapons war.”
Many Christians believe the world is in a period called “the end times.” The study of these last days is called eschatology. The Bible describes the end times as “the days leading up to the second coming of Christ when the world will be judged.” To many, this sounds more like a fairy tale than a likely series of events. I happen to be one of those who believe it’s true. I’ll explain why, and then talk about what I think got us here, and what coiuld happen next in world events.
- I believe God created all that exists. Heaven, earth, people, and a lot of other stuff. He did it. It’s his plan, not a series of random events.
- He created man in his own image. We don’t look like him, but we share many of his attributes, including the ability to make our own decisions, to know and love God, and to worship, serve, and fellowship with Him. It’s all about the relationship.
- Since the beginning of time, man has chosen to live life his own way. Adam and Eve, perfect humans, were created in a perfect world, but they disobeyed God’s commands. Sin has consequences, so he had to punish them. Because of their sin, everyone since deserves eternal separation from God in a horrible place called hell.
- But God didn’t leave Adam and Eve, or us, without hope. He promised to send a Savior to defeat the devil. Until then, men would sacrifice innocent lambs to show they repented of sin.
- God provided Jesus, his son, as the Savior and the only sacrifice who could atone for man’s sin. He died on a cross, was buried, and rose from the dead. He became the sacrifice so we could avoid eternal condemnation for our sin.
- To be forgiven of our sins, we need to ask God to forgive us through Jesus, and believe that he died as forgiveness for our sin. If we do this, he will forgive us and we will spend eternity with him.
- At some unknown time, Jesus will return.
What happens when he returns?
- In an event called the “rapture of the church,” he removes from the earth all those who have accepted him as their Savior. These people go to heaven with him.
- A world leader (the Antichrist) comes into power and signs a seven-year covenant with Israel, leaving them largely without the ability to defend themselves. This seven-year period is known as the “tribulation.” During the tribulation, there will be terrible wars, famines, plagues, and natural disasters. The Lord pours out His wrath against sin, evil, and wickedness.
- In the first part of the tribulation, an army from the north, working with several other countries from the Middle East and Africa, attacks a defenseless Israel and is defeated by God’s supernatural intervention.
- About halfway through the seven years, the Antichrist breaks the peace covenant with Israel and makes war against that tiny nation. The Antichrist will commit “the abomination of desolation” and set up an image of himself to be worshiped in the Jerusalem temple, which will have been rebuilt. The Jews are scattered, and a great persecution breaks out against all those who now believe in Christ.
- At the end of the seven-year tribulation, the Antichrist will launch a final attack on Jerusalem, culminating in the battle of Armageddon. Jesus Christ returns to destroy the Antichrist and his armies, and cast them into the lake of fire.
Are we actually in these last, end time days? Will Jesus return? Soon? I’m not sure but the Bible says there are signs of the approaching of the end times.
- For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes and pestilence in various places.
- There will be wars and rumors of wars.
- And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray and the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings.
Most of us lead comfortable lives. We’re able to provide for our personal and family needs, and compared to the rest of the world, we do OK. As a nation though, I think we are pretty apathetic about events happening in the rest of the world. Stuff that doesn’t affect us directly gets shrugged off, and we speed along. But the stuff going on now is getting pretty real, friends.
- Russia is invading the Ukraine and nobody is confronting them. It’s possible they won’t stop unless they are stopped. Europe could be next.
- China could very soon take Taiwan, and again, no action will be taken to stop them. Their military is likely on a level at least equal to the United States.
- Iran is now a global threat. The recently restored Iran nuclear deal leaves Iran capable of amassing enough nuclear fuel needed to make a nuclear weapon in a matter of months. And the Ayatollah of Iran’s mantra has been, “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”
- The U.S. national debt exceeds $30 trillion and continues to grow. The deficit is almost twice as large as it was during the great depression. Deficits average 3% of GDP. It’s now at 17% and growing.
- America stopped fuel production, returning to dependence on other countries that hate us, and at the same time increasing Russian fuel dominance in Europe. The current administration has imposed more restrictions on U.S. oil companies than it has on Russian oil imports.
- In a very short period of time, America has become highly destabilized. What are the plans to curb inflation, lower gas prices, control immigration at our southern borders, reduce violent crime, and counter the aggression being shown by Russia, China, and Iran?
- Global environmental issues threaten the earth.
- Pandemics strike billions of people worldwide.
- The world faces water and food scarcity.
Reading this list leaves one feeling that it doesn’t look too good for us. On the other hand, from my perspective, this is what I’ve waited for my whole life; to be one of those who are “caught up in the air with Jesus” when he returns. Life on earth can’t possibly compare to eternity in heaven. I am ready. Are you?
The very last prayer in the Bible is a prayer for Jesus’ return.
“Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
© 2022 – Jeff Lossau