#166 "THE END OF THE WORLD"

"THE END OF THE WORLD"

There are a lot of theories concerning the end of the world.  The reason I say "theories", is because there is nowhere in scripture that many of the ideas commonly advanced are really spelled out.  Some say, that when Jesus returns, He is going to set up a kingdom which will continue for one-thousand years during which time those who are not saved will have a second chance.  Others say that the kingdom will begin one-thousand years before Jesus comes.  Various ideas of what will happen during these "millennial reigns" are given, which get so confusing that I have yet to hear two people explain it in the exact same way.  Usually, during the explanation, they end up in the book of Revelation or Daniel's seventy weeks, using some figures and types and when you ask them to explain all the surrounding texts the explanations become just as bizarre.  

I believe in the simple format that Paul, Peter and other writers present concerning the end of this world.  When Jesus preached, "even the common people heard him gladly."  Consider these biblical explanations of "the end of the world."

Jesus is King today.  If He is King today, He must have a kingdom. To those who refused to believe that Jesus was King and had a kingdom He said, "The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it"-Luke 16:16.  Thus, there was a kingdom that began with the preaching of John the Baptist and God's elect were pressing into it by faith even then. Another time, Jesus said, "But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you"-Matthew 12:28.  It is certain that Jesus was casting out devils by God's Spirit, thus the kingdom had come.  Therefore, the kingdom is not coming, it is here.  It is the Church of Jesus Christ.  

In I Thessalonians 4:14-18, Paul gives us some comforting words concerning the end of he world and the visible return of Jesus. He is not trying to scare people, he would rather comfort them.  In this passage of scripture, Paul tells us that when Jesus returns, He will bring those that have died in Christ with Him.  Jesus is not coming to set up a kingdom, He is coming to get His kingdom, His bride, and take her home.  Paul says nothing about Jesus setting up a kingdom, he says, "We which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."  Thus, when the end comes, when Jesus comes back, His people are leaving with him "in the air."  That is heaven my friends.  What a glorious day that will be!!

Peter tells us what will happen to the rest of creation when Jesus takes His redeemed family home:  "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent hat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up"-2 Peter 3:10.  Yes, all the money, the gold, the castles, the empires, all will be burned because they will no longer be needed.  Here we find no place for a kingdom either here or on the moon.  The elect will all be a the greatest worship service imaginable surrounding the throne of the Lamb of God.  

Simple, yet profound, so I teach.  Jesus said, "It is finished", thus He is not coming back to finish a job He did not complete.  Salvation is not a chance, it is as sure as the blood of Christ!  Let us joyfully anticipate the King's return!

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