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Christian Perspectives on the end of the world
by Margaret Sleasman
01/09/10
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We have been living in the end times since the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He promised to come back, but even He said He did not know the date and only His Father knew when it would be. We are to live like it is the last day and look forward with joy knowing that soon we will be with Him for eternity. There are many signs of the times and we are aware of the condition of the world; and twenty years ago, I thought the evil could get no worse, but it did. Here we are today thinking that it can get no worse, but if the end is not immediate, we can be sure it will be much worse tomorrow.

In a way, this is good because it shows us the urgency of witnessing and bringing the lost to Jesus; it is when we lose sight of the urgency that we are in danger. I know that the tribulation will go on for approximately seven years after the rapture of the church and then another thousand years after that, so it is not the end of the world I am concerned with, it is the salvation of souls before the Rapture that is paramount in my mind.

The United States has many enemies and the chances of it being destroyed soon are very good. If that happens, the place many of us consider as our world will come to an end and the rest of the world will go on just fine without us. Although we consider ourselves a Christian nation, we are far from it, Christians are far and few in between here, so witnessing must be done. Also in our individual life, which is our own "little world," we have no idea when death will come and need to do what we can to witness and bring others to the Lord.

God is long suffering and willing that none should perish, but as Christians we are to be about His business. Shamefully, I have missed many opportunities to witness to others both in words and in my testimony (life), but we have to get back up and keep working for the Lord. We are not the ones who save people from their sins, we plant the seed by a word or a testimony, and the Lord uses that seed to lead them to a place where they can make a decision for Salvation. Some will refuse, but we still need to be faithful and plant the seeds - if even one repents and is saved, our life will have been a success; but as long as we are witnessing (even if no one comes to the Lord) we are still doing the Lordís will by planting seed.

Yes, the end is coming - sooner for some than others, pray for the lost and witness at every opportunity that the Lord sends your way; you will never be sorry for honoring the Lord by telling others the Good News of Salvation.


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