Friday, May 20, 2011

End of the World....Really?

I have seen the samethings that you have probably been seeing lately......clips on the computer, on the television and even signs that say that the end of the world is tomorrow, Saturday, May 21st. Really, because the last time I looked, "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." Matthew 24:36.

If you are believing someone saying that the end of the world is happening tomorrow then I advice you to look at Matthew 24:36. NO ONE knows when the Lord will come, only the FATHER. So should you believe someone, some ordinary person, saying that tomorrow is the end of the world? NO!! But if you are believing it I want to advice you to look at this scripture, Isaiah 46:10 "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure." NO ONE knows that day of, only God the Father.

I do not put stock in to the idea that tomorrow is the end of the world/judgement day. There have been so many people over the years trying to predict the exact day of the end of times and guess what.....they were obviously all WRONG or else I wouldn't be sitting here typing this I would be in Heaven right now! And on that note I will say.........

If the end of times were tomorrow or today or in 5, 20 or 30 years(which we know that it could happen at any moment at any time) don't you want to make sure that you are ready. And I don't mean making sure that you have a stock pile of food, or a generator, or tons of bottled water stored, or going crazy and doing whatever you want to do because you think that tomorrow is the end of times, I mean don't you want to make sure that you are ready. Are you a Christian, have you accepted Christ as your Savior? John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." See, if we are a Christian, we are not to worry about the end of the world/the end of times/the world coming to an end because we will not persih, we will be taken to heaven where we will live with our Heavenly Father forever. I get chill bumps just thinking of that, don't you? I can only imagine what that day will be like. Can you imagine what it will be like standing before our Heavenly Father? "Let your hearts not be overly concerned. Believe in The God. Believe also in me. In my Father’s House there are many abodes. I am leaving to prepare a place for you. I will Return and will receive you home to me, that where ever I am you also will be." John 14: 1-3.

On the other hand, if you are not a Christian, or you are wishy washy(is there a God, am I Christian, do I believe and have never asked Him into your life), I would be very afraid. Very afraid as to where I am spending eternity. And people, being a good person doesn't count! There are a lot of "good" people. There are many "good" people that treat others as they would like to be treated, those that would do anything for anybody, those that give of their time and money, but here's the catch with "good" people: being a "good" person is not going to get you into heaven, the only way into heaven is to accept Christ as your personal Savior. It's that  simple, because do you want to hear our Father say these words to you: "I never knew you." Matthew 7:23, "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

So to put it simple, let's look at the facts:
(1) Everyone will exist eternally either in heaven or hell (Daniel 12:2,3; Matthew 25:46; John 5:28; Revelation 20:14,15).
(2) Everyone has only one life in which to determine their destiny (Hebrews 9:27).
(3) Heaven or hell is determined by whether a person believes (puts their trust) in Christ alone to save them (John 3:16, 36, etc.).

Ok, now let's look at some other facts:
 Hell facts:
(1) Hell was designed originally for Satan and his demons (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
(2) Hell will also punish the sin of those who reject Christ (Matthew 13:41,50; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).
(3) Hell is conscious torment.
  • Matthew 13:50 “furnace of fire…weeping and gnashing of teeth”
  • Mark 9:48 “where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched”
  • Revelation 14:10 “he will be tormented with fire and brimstone”
(4) Hell is eternal and irreversible.
  • Revelation 14:11 “the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever and they have no rest day and night”
  • Revelation 20:14 “This is the second death, the lake of fire”
  • Revelation 20:15 “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire”
Get what I'm saying? Hell is irreversible! There is no second chance, and the thing about universalism, you know, that all are eternally saved, yeah, that is wrong also. Look at John 3:16 again and also look at John 3:36. It's simple, a person either trusts in Christ or doesn't and rejects Christ and goes to hell.  Then there are those that believe that if God is such a loving God that He would not send people to a horrible hell. Wrong again! God is just(Romans 2:11). God has provided the way of salvation to all(John 3:16). Simply put, God doesn't send people to hell, they choose it(Romans 1:18,21,25).

What about you heaven or hell? And as for the end of the world tomorrow......I'll see you right back here on Sunday :)

1 comment:

Holly said...

You tell em Stacy! .... lol ...