May 2011


***NOTE:  This is a quick outline  put together very roughly in response to our interest in the (false) prophecy that the world will end on Saturday May 21st, tomorrow)

 Will the world end on Saturday May 21st or in December of 2012?

No.

It could be much sooner than that

This world will one day end.

Science says it will

Science has long noted that stuff gets worse with age, not better

Cars wear out, mountains wear down, even the hardest of rocks erode

Energy levels drop with time, rotation slows and chemical reactions moderate.

This is a science lesson that we can see and know all too easily

God says it will

God designed this world with a finite time period.

So many scriptures tell us this that that are too many to list here.  There are a few of them at the end of this outline.

The timing of the end of the world is of great debate

Will it be Saturday?

Will it be in 2012?

The reality is that we do not know

Many point to the scripture in 2 Peter to make their predictions

A thousand years is like a day, a day is like a thousand years

They use this text trying to tie into the 7 days of creation or  the 7th year

Jubilee when this text speaks to none of those.

This text speaks to the reality that God is not bound by time.

I think that God gave us time so that Baptist could know when to eat and be at church.

One big problem:  in an effort to make some prediction they miss the context of the text:

The text is saying that God is not bound by our time

The text is saying clearly that we do not and will not know

It will be sudden and unexpected:  Like a thief

This unknown end date is in agreement with other scripture, including that of Matthew and John.

One thing we do  know for sure is that if a man or men or mankind says that the end of the world is on a certain day then the world WILL NOT end on that day.

The procedure God will use at the end is hotly debated also

Among religions

Among Christianity

Timing of rapture, tribulation, great tribulation, end of the world are often debated.

World destroyed by earthquakes, fire, meteors, ???

Most Christians will agree that it will not be by flood..but that is about the extent of our agreement.

While I believe very strongly in a certain end times scenario, I am also strong enough of a believer to know that regardless of what I think or you think, God will do things His way on His time and He does not require my permission

I think that all of us who have any information/concept of the end of the world will one day experience God’s Plan and say “Oh!  That’s the way it was to be!” and see that God’s plan lined up perfectly with His Word.

So why is God waiting so long?

Shouldn’t he have already destroyed this world?

We are way more unrighteous that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah

Will God have to apologize?  No.

God is not being slow and has not left us

The answer is GRACE!

God is waiting for people to chose Him.

God is waiting for His wayward creation to accept His truth and repent.

God is waiting because God is not giving up on us yet…maybe even not giving up on YOU yet.

Should I be worried about the end of this world?

A believer is not worried about this event

Christians cry out for it

Christians should be driven by their faith in God and knowledge of this event that they are continually busy sharing the Gospel so that their, friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances and others might be prepared as well and not perish.

A person living without a faith relationship with Jesus Christ should be worried.

We do not know when the end will come

For the world in total

For us as an individual

Maybe today, maybe tomorrow, maybe in a year or ten or thirty?

While we do not know when, we can be certain it is coming.

Some say that the only 2 certain things are death and taxes.

Some may find away out of their taxes but none will escape the time when our physical bodies no longer serve us.

 

We are created for eternity

Like the Real estate business says, the main principle is “location, location, location”

Where will YOU be spending eternity?

There are only 2 choices:  Heaven or Hell.

Here are some basic scriptures to go with this rough outline.

2 Peter 3:1-13 “This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of  his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.  But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.  But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, butthat all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting fornew heavens and a new earthin which righteousness dwells.”  ESV

Matthew 25:13  – Jesus said: “ Watch therefore, for you  know neither the day nor the hour. “  ESV

Matthew 24:35-44 – Jesus said: Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.   “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. [neither do the Mayans, Incas, Nostradamus or any other church, preacher or religion.  **Pastor Bob]    As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. [You will be going about your everyday life, the world will be operating in normal mode.  –Pastor Bob] Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.   But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.  Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”  ESV

John 3:16-19For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”  ESV

The end will happen, God has promised it will happen; our job is to be ready for when it happens!  How?  By developing a Grace dependant, faith based, God pleasing, Bible honoring, Jesus centered relationship with God.

Besides, my birthday is on Monday May 23rd and I know that God knows my heart’s desire for cake.

Osama Ben Laden is dead.  Reports are that he was killed by U.S. troops fighting the war against the Taliban and Terrorism.  The leader of the 9/11 attacks has been brought to the ultimate justice.  I am proud to be an American and proud of our troops who are so diligent in fulfilling their orders.  They deserve our appreciation for a job well done.

Death is a part of war, and the leaders of our enemies must know we will never give in, never give out and never give up.  The American Soldier is built of tougher stuff than that.

Their actions are not a cause of concern.

Ours is.

Watching the reporting it is easy to see a people rejoicing in death.

Death is not the business of joy.

Taking the life of another person should always weigh heavy on a nation or a person.

Is it necessary to take the life of evil men so they do not harm innocent people.  Yes.

Is it necessary to take the life of terrorists, murderers and the like to protect others.  Yes.

While their death may be necessary and just, it should not be cause for joy.

War must be fought and victory achieved decisively, yet death is not to be reveled in.

Terrorist revel in death.  Murders revel in death.  Good people doing the hard work of justice and protection of human life must never revel in death.

Those who celebrate death probably have never been very close to death as it occurs.

We can support our soldiers, fly the flag of our country and stand in agreement with what has occurred, but American must never revel in death.

A culture that rejoices in death will reap that reward.

Ephesians 6:11-13 “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” ESV

Proverbs 24:17-18 “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the Lord see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.” ESV
This is a spiritual battle, one that is not over yet.  A Taliban leader is gone, not the Taliban and not the terrorists we face.

Based on his beliefs and professions, Osama Ben Laden now inhabits hell and is experiencing everything God has promised to hells inhabitants.  Any hope of leading him to Christ are now gone.  Should we celebrate that?  Who is next?  We should be trying to share the Gospel with them NOW!