The Sky is Falling! The End is Near!

11 Jun The Sky is Falling! The End is Near!

The Sky is Falling! The End is Near!

 

I remember watching a movie a few years ago with my kids. The movie was Chicken Little. It was about a young chicken who was paranoid about everything. He always thought the sky was falling. He would constantly sound the alarm throughout the town everyone would run for cover for fear that the sky was falling and there would be an end to the world as they knew it. Every time chicken little sounded the alarm the town would come running and nothing would happen. So the town said we have had enough of chicken Little and his false alarms. So the town wrote him off as a doomsayer. This got me thinking about what we believe concerning the coming of Christ and the end of the world as we know it. Many have abandoned the belief that Christ is coming again and the world will end. But the reality is in 2 Peter 3 The word of God tells us very clearly that Jesus will come again and the world as we know it will certainly come to an end by the destructive judgment of Almighty God.

We need to put this in proper perspective.

2 Peter 3:1 says, “This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. 2 I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles. 3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” 5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood.7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed. 8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.[a] 11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live,12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. 14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. 15 And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him—16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.”

These verses deal with Christ and his promise to come again and what will happen at His coming. Peter said that there would be scoffers, and Munkers saying where is the promise that Jesus is coming again? Many would make excuses and some will just laugh and say it was never true to begin with. While the Lord is reminding us of the promise of Christ is coming again he gives us a glimpse into his heart. In verse 8 he tells us that God’s timetable is different from ours and that the Lord is not really being slow about his promise of coming again he tells us that the Lord is been patient for our sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed but he wants everyone to repent. God views time from the perspective of eternity thousand years looks different to God he can accomplish in one day what seems like 1000 years to us what seems to be a delay of Christ coming is related to the preaching of the gospel to the whole world. God wants everyone to hear the gospel. He does not want anyone to be lost. Matthew 24:14-15 and the good news about the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it, and then the end will come. The reality is no one knows the day or the hour when Christ will come. But it looks like by this verse he will come when God feels like everyone on the earth has had ample opportunity to hear the word preached!

So why does Christ want to wait in his coming? Because he loves this world! And according to what we’ve read when he comes there will be A distraction of this world, and judgment upon the ungodly.

2 Peter 3:10 then declares, “But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.”

God is giving this world opportunity to repent of their sins. There’s also more to this chapter. What must we do and how must we live as born again people while we are waiting?

We must be committed to evangelism! We have been commissioned by Christ himself to preach the gospel to the world. Christ himself said the end would come when the gospel is preached to all the world. We must eagerly desire the Lords return! If we are really born again in the spirit of Christ lives in us and there is a longing for the kingdom of God to fully come. There is a dissatisfied feeling in us all that true justice is not done and it will not be done until Christ comes and sets up his kingdom.

Then Peter tells us how we must live. 2 Peter 3:14.  He shares, “And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. We should be living a peaceful, pure, and blameless lives in the sight of God.

Living holy as the Lord is holy 1 Peter 1: 15–17.

Letting the Holy Spirit have control of our lives Galatians 5:16.

I believe Jesus is coming again! I believe it will be an end to this current world system and world order! But until that time comes I’m looking for Christ, I’m living holy, and letting the Holy Spirit have control of my life. My prayer for you is to do the same.

In Revelation 22:20 He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen!  Come, Lord Jesus!

 

Pastor Joel

 

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