There have been many predictions about when the end of the world would be throughout the centuries, and needless to say, they have all been wrong. If Jesus himself said only the Father knows (Matthew 24:36) when the end will be, why are so many people presumptuous enough to try and predict the date of the end?
Watch—Stay on the narrow path by living your life following all of his instructions.
The Atheistic Whip
The question of “when will the end come?” is the atheists mocking whip against those who stand for God and teach the kingdom of heaven. The day I stepped foot into an atheist vs theist forum, it opened my eyes to just how much ridicule there was (I should have known, considering the shame “Christians” feel when speaking about God outside of their church setting). More importantly, how many “Christians” could not answer the questions adequately.
After hearing the mocking voices saying, “why hasn’t your God returned?” or “It’s been 2000 years and counting since Jesus, your messiah, was here. So what happened?” was a point of sobriety, waking me up to the reality that I must know the answers to those questions if I am to serve God with the whole of me.
The Wolf Teaching the Sheep
Many people have given up on the journey at various stages in their short lives. The many deceptions and sufferings that lay in wait around us are just too much for most people. The lack of answers and huge misconceptions caused by the centuries of deceptions have played a major role.
Imagine the wolf is leading the flock. Wrap your head around that, and you will start to peel back the severity of the situation. No wonder so many pray in vain and have no idea why their prayers are not answered, or even that the new financed (hire purchase) [Ezekiel 18:8, Ezekiel 18:13] car is not a blessing from God.
The leaders of the flocks have for many years been the deceivers. The unwitting army recruits work against the kingdom they claim to serve and make a mockery of worship. The wolves have devoured the sheep, waging war by leading their enemy. The best way to win a war is to control the enemy in totality; the things they believe, who they fight against, who they support and total control of their minds. Religions and television are two great examples of this.
- Religion: Just like a harlot, they use their outward appearance and smooth lips to entice the foolish and bleed them dry of everything they have without offering anything of substance in return. (Proverbs 7, Proverbs 5)
- Television: A manipulative, deceitful, honey-tongued and subtle snake all the while displaying its wares with sparkling eyes and a wry smile while encircling its prey. It feeds your eyes, your ears and your loins with its worldly doctrines of hedonism, fake history, the god of science and technology, and branding religion as god and then exposing the hypocrisy of religion thereby destroying God in your eyes.
The journey was never promised to be easy, and the wolf is making a fight of it, but what to look out for was clearly given.
- Watch (do not become complacent and slip up) [Matthew 25:13, Luke 12:37-39, Matthew 24:42]
- Do not be deceived (beware of false prophets) [Matthew 7:15, Matthew 24:4-5]
- Count the cost (the journey will cost you everything) [Luke 14:28+33]
Preach the Gospel?
Will the end be when the gospel has been preached to all the world? This is what Matthew 24:14 says, and I have no reason to doubt that. But is that the only criteria? The statement has been carefully worded to show that preaching the kingdom of God to the world is for a witness.
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The purpose of preaching the gospel to the world is to be used as evidence for or against everyone. There will be no excuses at the time of judgement. This requirement is necessary for each person so that when they stand before God, they will know for sure what they have done.
However, this is not the only criterion.
What is our Purpose?
Before fully appreciating the end, we must first know our purpose here on earth. The simple fact is that we have been put on earth to worship God. To fear (honour, reverence) him and keep his commandments.
13. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his
commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it
be good, or whether it be evil.
And he ordered it to be proclaimed in all places where the sons of men dwelt, saying, Where is the man who wishes to know the ways of the Lord and good works? let him come to Enoch.
Book of Jasher 3:6
The instructions of God and having Him as a leader is not to burden us (1 John 5:2, Matthew 11:28-30) but to bring us into His light. If his Spirit sits within us, it goes without saying that to be complete requires a connection with God.
Because of the people not fearing God and keeping his instructions, the world is further enveloped in darkness. This black abyss manifests in people’s actions, directly reflecting their hearts and creating a very unpleasant world.
All good things come from God, and despite the problematic situation we find ourselves in on earth at the moment, the tribulations must come before the end. These tribulations are a direct consequence of the people’s actions on the earth, serving Sin and themselves instead of the creator. Still, we must rejoice since the other reasons I will show will highlight why this must happen for the end to come (Psalms 85:12, Matthew 4:4).
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
The End of the World Precepts
Throughout scripture, a pattern has been established that shows the end of a world, but only to those who can recognise sin and the state of the nation or kingdom.
Abraham’s conversation with God
Genesis 18:16-33 details Abraham’s conversation with God about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The two cities were consumed with sin to such a degree that they would openly, as a group, carry out homosexual rape.
When Abraham asked, God made it clear that He would not destroy the cities if there were even ten righteous people left in it. It turned out there was only one righteous left, which was Lot & indeed, God destroyed the cities.
The pattern of destruction
The example of final destruction is repeated throughout the scriptures; when there is a complete acceptance and indulgence in sin, the world (earth, nation, city, or people) is destroyed:
- The flood in the days of Noah (Genesis 7 & 8).
- Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction (Genesis 19:24-25).
- The destruction of the tribe of Benjamin, with only a few spared to save one tribe of Israel (Judges 20).
- The destruction of Canaan (Deuteronomy 9:5, Deuteronomy 7:1-2) once there were no more righteous (Genesis 15:16).
In all these instances, it is seen that no nation is destroyed before its iniquity (unrighteousness) has reached the point where there is no righteousness.
The Final Destruction
The prophecy of the end, the return of the Son of God to judge the world, is said to be as the days of Noah.
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
In the days of Noah, the people were entirely drunk in sin, as seen in the following passage.
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Today, the world celebrates its defiance of God, and all its thoughts and actions are continually wicked. They celebrate that they have managed to corrupt the entire earth and speak as if there were no God and the earth belongs to them, and they reign as king.
If there were no God, there would not be a need to fight against Him, and there would not be a need to soak the world every second in filth. Like a stubborn petulant child, the world marches to its destruction with a pout of ignorance.
The righteous should lament for the world but celebrate the end of this wickedness.