The end is near

Or is it? 

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I received more than one phone call asking about the end times, and several posts on social media as well. Such difficult times bring up that important question about the end. 

There are numerous signs of the end mentioned in the Scriptures. In the books of Zachariah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Revelation, lots of imagery is used to depict events in history and the coming ages such as the trumpets, bowls, horsemen, seals, and more. 

The disciples went to Jesus and asked him for the “inside scoop” regarding the end times, hoping to get it from the Man himself. The first words out of Jesus’ mouth was “See that no one leads you astray” (Matthew 24:4). He explained terrible things that were to come. He said that these are all signs of his return and of the end. Then he made an important statement “see that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet” (Matthew 24:6). 

Signs of the end are numerous and repetitive. Through past centuries, we have witnessed many of them. Each one was terrible, gruesome, and terrifying. They all point to an ultimate reality that the life we live in this world is not our ultimate aim. The signs remind us that this world will not last forever and will come to an end one day.

Finally, Jesus comes to the answer that the disciples were eagerly waiting to hear: “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (Matthew 24:36). So he advised them “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44). 

Here are some common questions about the end and my suggested answer. 

  1. What about all the calamities that we have seen throughout the past centuries? They are all signs of the return of Jesus. 
  2. What about our present crisis? This is also a sign of the return of Jesus. 
  3. So is this the final sign, and will Jesus return now? We don’t know.
  4. But someone told me this is the end. Is it? Jesus said “see that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet” (Matthew 24:6). 
  5. Will there be more signs in the future? Such signs will continue till the end. 
  6. How can we know for sure if this is the end or not? We can’t. Only God knows.
  7. So what should we do? Always be ready (Matthew 24:44). 
  8. How can I get ready? “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31). 

The Bible is clear that putting your faith in Jesus is the only way to be ready, to be saved, to have eternal life. 

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