Saturday, December 29, 2012

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

Now that we've survived another end of the world prediction, you have to wonder what that's all about. Why do people care? Does anyone take it seriously? Is this just another ploy by Hollywood to sell tickets to disaster movies?

12-21-12 came and went without any report of the world actually ending. The zombies have not emerged from their graves, UFO's have not attacked, and we are still alive and well... at least as well as we were on the 20th.

So how is the world really going to end? The Mayan's don't know. Nostrodomas doesn't know. But I know. The Bible does talk about the end of the world, but not as a doom and gloom, but as a matter of fact. This world must pass away so that the new one will come, and it will be glorious. Are you going?

The new world isn't build for Christians, it's built for everyone. Jesus wants everyone to be saved. Whether or not you call yourself a Christian is of little consequence. That name didn't develop until a decade or more after Jesus died and resurrected and ascended anyway. Here's the short version of what's coming up.

The first event is Rapture. (This is debated in Christian circles and not everyone is convinced it comes first, but the good news is that we don't have to agree to participate.) Every real Christian is going to be taken up at the sound of the trumpet and meet Jesus Christ in the clouds. (1 Thessalonians 4) This is not the second coming of Christ. That comes later.

The second event is the Tribulation. This is a time of 3.5 years in which there is false peace on earth. The main guy in the news will be nice in front of the cameras, but a murderer in secret. He will negotiate peace with Israel and her neighbors, but underhandedly be killing those who oppose him. God's wrath is beginning to be poured out on the world and the first part of that is Him allowing man to just be as evil as man wants to be. Meanwhile, the temple is being built (if not built before then) in Jerusalem. There will be two witnesses in Jerusalem during this time proclaiming the Word of the Lord and no one will be able to stop them. Also, 144,000 Jews are preaching the name of Jesus around the world. At one point (I haven't figured out when exactly) an angel will span the globe telling people not to follow the world leader.

The third event is the Abomination that Causes Desolation. The world leader will go into the rebuilt temple and proclaim himself to be God. The Jews will flee to the mountains to the east. And the two witnesses will be killed and their bodies left in the streets for three days, only to resurrect in sight of everybody and ascend before their eyes.

The forth event is the Great Tribulation. It's 3.5 more years and God's wrath is being poured out against all creation. The stars will fall, the sun will be blackened, the moon will not be seen. The earth will quake, the seas be turned to blood. Animals and people will die. It'll be a bad time to be around.

The fifth event is Christ's Second Coming. The people of earth will gather a huge army and Jesus will return on the Mount of Olives. Jesus will ride out to meet the army on horseback. (The army of Jesus (us Christians) will be with Him, dressed in white.) Jesus will defeat them with the Word that proceeds from His mouth.

The sixth event is the Millennial Kingdom. Jesus will set up a kingdom on earth that will last 1,000 years. Satan will be bound and sin will not be allowed. There will be peace and rebuilding. At the end of the 1,000 years, Satan will be released and he will gather together an army to fight, but they will be defeated from the sky.

The seventh event is Judgement. God will judge the devil, humans, and the world itself. All that didn't trust in Him and follow His Son will be cast into the lake of fire. (Not a fun place, not even to visit.) It is then that God will bring a new heaven and a new earth.

The good thing about the end of the world is that a new one is coming right after. All we lose is evil. Now evil doesn't look that evil, but by the time the end comes, it will be apparent and we won't be asking God why. The trick to not being afraid of the end is to know that you're going to live past it. The difference between those who go into the new heaven and the new earth and those that don't is whether or not they trust in Jesus. It was built for everybody, but only those who accept entrance will be admitted. Give your life to Jesus and don't be afraid. The world may not be over, but for you, the world called "ignorance" is over for you now that you have been told. If you don't believe, it's your own fault. You have the information now. Make a choice.

When is this going to happen? I don't know. The Bible says that no one knows, so if anyone says that they know when, they are a liar. Want to know more? Ask, and I'll tell you what the Bible says.

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