“It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.”
By now, many of you know that my worldview is shaped by my faith. I believe the Bible is the word of God and that it provides answers to how to fix what currently troubles the world and what will happen in the future. Just a warning before you jump into this article. It’s a pretty heavy commentary on if, when, and how the world will end. It may sound far-fetched to some of you, but I strongly believe that the events outlined below will happen. I encourage you to read it, if for no other reason than to stack it up next to what you believe or don’t believe. Some of you will read this article and think that I’m in need of serious counseling. Perhaps. However, if you take a few minutes and look at several liberal and conservative news outlets, you will get a pretty eye-opening view of what’s happening across the globe.
Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about the end of the world. We assume we’ll live to a ripe old age and then, like everyone before us, take our place in whatever comes next. Other than in apocalyptic movies, the idea that the world could supernaturally end feels pretty unlikely. Besides, in the movies, something or someone always saves the day. After all, you can’t have a good sequel if the world is destroyed in the first movie.
But recent world events may have led some of us to consider whether the destruction of humanity merits thinking about. Could meteorites, a pandemic, asteroids, volcanic eruptions, Artificial Intelligence, nuclear war, the earth gettin’ sucked up by the sun, everyone being fried by climate change, or all of us starving as a result of food shortages really happen? Hmmmm. I think it could. And I think it will be a little bit of each of the above.
Who knows when the end of the world happens. I don’t think it will be from a series of uncontrolled, random, and unpredictable events. I also don’t believe that all of humanity will be obliterated in the process. But the Bible predict a series of cataclysmic events that are choreographed and engineered by a merciful, loving, just God who quite simply runs out of patience with the human race and their increasingly evil ways. He gets blamed for a lot, mostly by people who have no idea who he is or what he values. Humanity continues doing its own thing without regard for a divine God.
Ever since God created man in his own image, we’ve ignored him. We do our thing our way, and the less he interferes, the better we like it. Who needs a conscience, right? Several thousand years ago, around the time God put Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, the world was taken over by an angel, a fallen angel, called Satan. His plan has always been to destroy everything that God has put in place. He is the great deceiver, and since he took over, the world continues to spiral away from everything that God initially planned for us.
But “mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be
- lovers of themselves,
- lovers of money,
- disobedient to their parents,
- without love,
- without self-control,
- not lovers of the good,
- lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”
II Timothy 3:1–5.
The Bible tells us what to expect at the end.
- A bunch of people mysteriously disappear. Poof. Here one second, gone the next. (I hope you’re not on a flight where the pilot vanishes.) Some of your church friends won’t show up for work the next day. A possible explanation could be extraterrestrials, or AI. But it will be explained away. Christians call this disappearance the “Rapture of the church.”
- After the church is removed, a satanically empowered man, the Antichrist, gains worldwide control. He negotiates a seven-year peace deal with Israel. This treaty is the event that triggers the start of what is called the Tribulation Period. Seven years of really bad stuff. This world leader appoints a religious person to lead a system that requires all people to worship Antichrist.
- During the first part of the Tribulation, God’s judgment is released on humanity, including:
- A great world war where Russia and other nations band together and attack Israel. The nations are easily defeated by God. It will take months to bury the dead.
- The war causes famine and inflation which results in the death of one quarter of the world’s population.
- Many people receive Christ and are then martyred by this new leader.
- An earthquake, unlike anything ever experienced, occurs and is so severe that people call on the rocks to fall on them.
- Halfway through the seven-year Tribulation, the Antichrist breaks the treaty with Israel. The Jews are scattered, and a great persecution erupts against all those who now believe in Christ.
Here is a list of additional cataclysmic events that happen during this seven-year period.
- One-third of all trees and green grass are burned up by hail, fire, and blood cast upon the earth.
- A great mountain of sulfur falls into the sea, destroying a third of the sea, all living creatures in it, and a third of the shipping vessels.
- A meteor called Wormword (or “bitter”) falls on earth and causes a third of the rivers to turn bitter, killing millions.
- Demon-like creatures resembling scorpions and locusts fly out of the pit of Hell. They won’t kill but will torture mankind so horribly that people “will seek death but not find it.”
- Two hundred million demons are released and kill one-third of the people on earth. This occurs near the end of the first part of the Tribulation and brings to fifty percent the population that is destroyed.
- Those who accept the mark of the Beast and reject Christ have giant sores on their bodies.
- The sea turns into blood, and every living creature in the sea dies.
- The rivers and other sources of water turn to blood.
- The sun’s heat becomes unbearable, and men curse God.
At the end of the seven year Tribulation, Jesus returns with the armies of heaven. He saves Jerusalem from annihilation and defeats the armies fighting for the Antichrist. Satan and his religious leader are thrown into Hell.
- Jesus sets up His reign on earth in Jerusalem.
- There will be 1,000 years of peace and prosperity on earth.
- At the end of the 1,000 years, Satan is released from his prison. He quickly deceives the nations, and there is a rebellion against the Lord that is quickly defeated. Satan is cast forever into Hell.
- All those who rejected Jesus are brought before God for final judgment and cast into Hell.
- God completely remakes the heavens and the earth. The children of God will enjoy eternity with Him.
The Tribulation sounds like a horrific sci-fi story. I have a hard time wrapping my head around these events. I fear that many who read this description of what’s waiting in the end times will laugh and dismiss it as fantasy. I don’t think it is. If you have asked Jesus into your life, you are good to go. If not, things will be unthinkable.
How to Avoid the Tribulation and Spend Eternity in Heaven
- Admit that you have sinned. We each do things our way.
- The wages of sin is death and separation from God in Hell.
- But God has given us the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, his son. We simply need to ask him to take over our lives.
Please do this today.
© Jeff Lossau
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