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Current Blog...      IS THE END OF THE WORLD NEAR?   9/20/2020
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       So what do we mean by “the end of the world”? Are we all going to die because of a catastrophic war? Natural disaster? Space invasion? Pandemic? What is God’s role in all of this? What does the Bible say about “the end-times”?
       The Bible contains over 300 predictions about the birth and life of Jesus Christ. These prophesies were made hundreds, even thousands, of years before Christ’s time. Yet every single one came to pass. Below is a summary of things that are biblically predicted to happen in the “last days”. Christians agree these events will also come to pass, but not all Christians agree on the order of them.
       1. The first major end-time event people of faith are looking forward to is the Rapture of Christian believers. God is coming back to rescue (rapture) His people from this evil world, and to spare them from impending destruction. “16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words,” (I Thessalonians 4:16-18; NLT).
       Did you notice it says, “encourage each other?” Just as there is ample evidence that Christ was
crucified, died, and rose from the grave, we can be confident that Christ will come back for us, just like the Bible says.
       2. A short time after the Rapture, the “Anti-Christ” will rise up. He will be a man empowered by Satan who will take control of the globe. “7 For the mystery of lawlessness [rebellion against divine authority and the coming reign of lawlessness] is already at work; [but it is restrained] only until he who now
restrains it is taken out of the way. 8 Then the lawless one [the Antichrist] will be revealed . . .” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-8a; AMP). The Holy Spirit currently restrains the forces of evil, (verse 7b).
       3. When the Anti-Christ (that “horrible thing”) takes power, the seven-year “Tribulation” will begin. Even though there will be peace between the countries for a time, (the first three and one half years), life on earth will be very difficult. The world government will control all aspects of human life, including the ability to buy or sell anything without the “mark of the beast”. “15 Someday you will see that “Horrible Thing” in the holy place, just as the prophet Daniel said. Everyone who reads this must try to understand! 16 If you are living in Judea at that time, run to the mountains. 17 If you are on the roof of your house, don’t go inside to get anything. 18 If you are out in the field, don’t go back for your coat. 19 It will be a terrible time for women who are expecting babies or nursing young children. 20 And pray that you won’t have to escape in winter or on a Sabbath. 21 This will be the worst time of suffering since the beginning of the world, and nothing this terrible will ever happen again.” (Matthew 24:15-21; CEV).
       “16 All people were forced to put a mark on their right hand or forehead. Whether they were
powerful or weak, rich or poor, free people or slaves, 17 they all had to have this mark, or else they could not buy or sell anything . . .” (Revelation 13:16-17a; CEV).
       Anyone who takes the “mark” will lose their eternal salvation. “ . . . Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand 10 must drink the wine of God’s anger. It has been poured full strength into God’s cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire . . .” (Revelation 14:9b-10a; NLT).


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       At the end of the seven year tribulation, Jesus will return in full view for all the world to see. He will defeat the Anti-Christ, bind Satan, and set up a 1000 year reign (called the millennium) when God himself will be in charge of the earth. At the end of the 1000 years, the devil will be loosed one more time and the earth’s final battle will follow. Then all the unbelievers will come before God’s white throne to be judged. Unbelievers will be cast into the eternal lake of fire. The New Creation will then begin, where all of God’s people will live with Him forever.
       You have a choice right now. You can admit that compared to a perfect and holy God, you are faulty and blemished. You can ask the almighty, loving God for His forgiveness and save your soul. You can
invite Him into your heart so He can transform you into His image. Then you can learn about Him each day by reading His Word and drawing closer through prayer.
       Or you can close your eyes to it all, ignore God’s gift of salvation through His shed blood on the cross, and try to ride out the coming storm in your own strength. Look around. Open your eyes. God is trying to warn us by allowing the things of this world to deteriorate. If you think you don’t need God . . . think again. Remember, He loves you and is calling you to Himself today. Will you come to Him?

References:
https://www.gotquestions.org/end-times-timeline.html
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