When I watch the news, my heart beats a little faster, and I start to feel anxious and concerned about the future. Alarming news of natural disasters, political upheaval, vicious wars, and indescribable suffering and pain strikes fear in our hearts. Is this the end of time?
We are not to know the time of Jesus’ return, but there are signs to heed as the time draws near. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell how Jesus warned the disciples about the end of time. Jesus told them there would be false prophets, Christ-pretenders who come in His name. Wars and rumors of wars will leave countries desolate, thousands will suffer famine and pestilence, and great earthquakes will tremble across the globe (Matthew 24:3-7). “‘All these are but the beginning of the birth pains,’” Jesus declares (Matthew 24:8).
As the earth shudders in advance of Jesus’ return, men’s hearts will turn toward evil as well. The apostle Paul writes to his beloved friend Timothy warning the time will be difficult (2 Peter 3:1). In this passage, Paul identifies more than 20 ungodly traits that will mark men as the time draws near: pride, arrogance, abusiveness, and unholiness to name a few (2 Timothy 3:2-7).
If we look around, we notice the world looks a lot like these warning signs and people are understandably fearful. Perhaps they fear God’s judgment. Maybe they are unsure about the future or their salvation. For the children of God, however, the end of time is not a fearful prospect but a time of rejoicing.
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