Jan 12, 2006

The End of Time

Sounds scary doesn’t it?

But for Christians it shouldn’t sound scary at all because it is the time when our Lord Jesus will come back to take us home to be with Him. He will take us to Heaven where we will never experience pain or sadness again. We will be completely happy and satisfied. But most of all we will finally get to see Jesus, face to face, and like Thomas, put our hands where the nails were, and place our hand where He was speared.

In the book Adventuring Through the Bible by Ray C. Stedman in chapter 77, pg 792-793 it says:

At the end of the book [Revelation], we are admonished to wait for the coming of Jesus—and to
work for it, to be diligent and faithful and obedient until the Son of God
comes. You may be surprised to know that this is a book of extreme optimism.
Although Revelation is better known for its scenes of death, horror, upheaval,
and mass destruction, it truly does not stop there. Revelation looks beyond the
Tribulation, beyond Armageddon, all the way to the final victory of God, more
sure than tomorrow’s sunrise. C.S. Lewis writes this commentary on that glorious
coming day:

God is going to invade, all right: but what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else—something it never entered your head to conceive—comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left? For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realize it before or not. Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not
last for ever. We must take it or leave it (Mere Christianity, [1943; reprint,
New York: Macmillan, 1960], 66).

Revelation is filled with encouragement. It is a book that will either inspire your faith—or fill you with fear. It will give you great comfort and encouragement if you know the Lord of all time and all space. But it is also a solemn book designed to make us understand that the One who unrolls the scroll is the One who was once here, the
One who died on Calvary’s cross, the Lamb led to slaughter so that He might win
the right to be the Lion, the King of all the earth.

The Lord is coming—and it won’t be long now. Those who know Him welcome that day and work and pray to hasten it. People who don’t know Him either scoff at that day—or dread it. The book of Revelation concludes with this promise of Jesus

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen ([Revelation] 22:20)
We should look forward to the day when our Savior returns! Because He will welcome those of us who have accepted Him with open arms.

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