Is the world really going to end? Do you think it will happen in our lifetime?

The truth is we are closer than you might think and while no one knows the exact date, we can know the signs of how close we are if we understand the key predictions in the Bible. It could very well happen in our lifetime or it may not depending on our age, but the bridge to the end is getting shorter and shorter.

Are there signs that can lead us to know WHEN the end of the world will happen?

There are signs that are appearing today that lead us to believe that we are getting close. What are they? There are global signs of world chaos and disasters, spiritual signs of apathy and deceptive teaching, and individual signs of increasing evil and godlessness. As they increase, we draw closer to the end of the world as we know it today.

Can we “prepare” for the end?

God gives us prophecy not just to satisfy our curiosity but also to call us to live for Him. If we do that, we wil be prepared. Specifically, we prepare by becoming a Christian by faith alone in Jesus alone, being spiritually ready and watching for Jesus Christ’s return, living a life that pleases God, by staying faithful to the truth of the Bible despite all the trends that suggest otherwise, and stay connected with other believers at church who are trying to live for God.

What happens when we die?

When we die, our body goes to the ground, but our soul and spirit (immaterial) immediately stand before Jesus to face judgment. For Christians, we stand before God at the judgement seat of Christ and because we are already forgiven are judged for our good works and then enter heaven with the appropriate reward for eternity. For non-Christians, we stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment and because we are not forgiven are judged for everything we have done and are sentenced to the Lake of Fire with the appropriate level of punishment there for eternity.

What is the afterlife and what happens there?

In the afterlife, we will be assigned new eternal bodies and spend eternity in either the presence of God and His grace and love (which is heaven) or away from the presence of God’s love and grace (which is the Lake of Fire).

How do the book of Revelation and Matthew 24 line up?

That’s a great question.  Matthew 24, known as the Olivet Discourse because it was delivered on the Mount of Olives is Jesus description of the seven year tribulation (along with the events leading up to it in the view of some).  The Book of Revelation written by the Apostle John, the last surviving apostle of the original 12, wrote about the seven year tribulation in Revelation 6-19.  When you compare the two, there is a lot in common.  In fact, in my research I came across an excellent paper by Thomas Ice (Liberty University) where he draws amazing comparisons between Revelation 6 and Matthew 24:5-11.  The difference is that Matthew writes about it more from a Jewish perspective while Revelation does so from more of a Gentile perspective.


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