Does the economic crisis
in our world today signify the end of the world?
The Bible does,
indeed, speak of the end of the world; and our Lord Jesus Christ has told us
of the signs that portend the end or our world as we know it. As we
read these passages of scripture we find that it is not 'one' sign only that
will signify the end of earth's history, but a series of signs. So if
we observe carefully these signs we will have a good understand of the end
of time. Let us remember, however, that we are told that 'no man knows
when the end will come but the Father only.'
Mat. 24:36. This means that no sign in the Bible tells us exactly
when Jesus will come to bring things to an end.
friends, when we see signs fulfilling we should be careful not to say that the
end will come on such and such a day or specific time due to what we see
taking place. We must, however, be knowledge of these signs so that we
can encourage others and ourselves of the nearness of Christ's return.
Our Lord admonishes us to watch and be ready.
Mat. 24:43, 44.
go around teaching that the end will come on a particular date, or at a
specific time we actually bring disrepute to God's Word; and we also cause
people to reject the teachings of the Scriptures, relegating them to fantasy
and speculation. This serves no good purpose but to play into the
hands of the enemy of souls. Christians should seek always to be
viewed as serious, intelligent, and well grounded individuals. It is
true that in spite of all good appearances and intelligence we Christians
will still be maligned and ridiculed. Evil will always fight against
the good. Let us not make matters worse by speculative assertions or
The best way for
us to not indulge in speculative guesses and predictions on the end of the
world is for us to seek to be well versed in the Scriptures. We must
always be ready to give an answer to those who ask anything regarding the
teachings of the Word. The word itself tells us to be always ready to
give an answer to those who will enquire of us of our hope or belief, or of
the things taking place in our world.
2Tim. 4:2. The emphasis, then, will not be on what 'we' think, but
on what the Scriptures teach. It is the Spirit of God in his
Scriptures that will convict and convert individuals. We are the
vehicle through which God works to reach mankind; and God calls for
intelligent and knowledgeable believers. We read this in
2Tim 3:16, 17.
So then, my
friends, as we see signs fulfilling all around us in our world let us be
ready always to meet our Lord; and let us continually resort to the
Scriptures for confirmation as to the meaning of the things taking place
around us. When we speak the Word let us make sure that we do it
correctly and wisely. The biblical injunction is to be a 'man who
knows how to rightly' understand the word of truth.
2Tim. 2:15. May God bless us and grant us wisdom as we live in
these exciting times. God bless.
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