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The Last Days Of The World I

 There is no happy ending for this world. It doesn’t get to ride off into the sunset, and a hero doesn’t do something unexpected to save the day at the last possible moment. Art might imitate life often enough, but not in this case. If there is one word that encapsulates what the last days of the world will look like, it is cataclysmic. Chaotic would be another, but it fails to encompass the extent of what the Bible says will be.

Before we delve into the depths of what the Bible reveals about the last days of the world, it's crucial to underscore a fundamental truth: there exists a clear demarcation, a stark contrast, between the world and its ungodly inhabitants, and the children of God, those who have been redeemed, saved, and sanctified through Christ Jesus. This distinction is not merely a matter of semantics but a profound reality that shapes our understanding of the end times.

When we discuss the events leading up to the end of this world, we often lump all of mankind into one giant stewpot and infer that everyone will suffer the same fate. While the children of God will not be spared the persecution of the ungodly, God’s covering and protection will extend over them, sheltering them from harm as it was in the days of the plagues that devastated Egypt in Moses’ time. Although they lived in Egypt, the people of God were separate, inhabiting a place called Goshen, which did not experience the same tribulations as the rest of the land.

It is important to remember this lest we become fearful of what is to come or incorrectly conclude that the events of the last days will affect us in like measure as those of the world. What the children of God will have to contend with is persecution—a persecution the likes of which has not been since the genesis of the church. But fear not, little flock; the Lord is with you, and He is faithful. The Lord is with you, and He is able.

Let's be clear about the purpose of this study: it's not to instill fear but to ignite hope. The Word of God, in its prophetic wisdom, foretells the events leading up to the last days of the world. This divine foresight not only confirms His omniscience but also assures us that He has prepared a place of refuge and safety for all who live by faith and follow after Him. His omniscience and omnipotence are simultaneously highlighted in equal measure, and knowing what will be gives us the assurance that He has the power, will, and ability to keep us through it. This is a message of hope, a beacon of assurance in the midst of uncertainty. That is the second point I wanted to make clear before we begin. 

That place of safety is not some geographical location or some as-yet-undiscovered desert island to which we will all make our way; rather, our place of safety is in Him. If we are where God commanded us to be, doing what He commanded us to do, we have nothing to fear. A thousand may fall at our side, ten thousand to our right hand, but it shall not come near us. Only with our eyes shall we look and see the reward of the wicked. Again, Bible.

Psalm 91:7-8, “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked.”

Because there is a clear difference between the world and the church, I thought it prudent to separate this teaching into two parts: what the Bible says the last days of the world will be like and what the last days of the church will resemble.

Much of what modern-day teachers and preachers hope to see in these last days has no basis in the Word. While we’re pining for sweeping revivals, the Bible tells us there will be a great falling away. While we’re pining for peace and harmony with the godless, compromising the truth in the hopes of getting to that envisioned utopia of coexistence, the Word tells us the hatred, vitriol, and animus against the children of God will only grow and intensify until it crescendos to a time where the just will live by faith, and nothing else. Every safety net, everything we’ve taken for granted, all the comforts and conveniences will be stripped away, and all we will have to sustain us is faith. Hence, the reason it’s of paramount importance to build up our most holy faith is that when those days come, we will not be shaken or troubled in our spirits but walk boldly in Christ.

Notwithstanding the reality that nowadays, many practicing physicians prescribe medicine their patients don’t need because they get a kickback on the back end, they still took an oath to do no harm. They are oathbound to diagnose a patient and give them the facts of their situation. Just because it would hurt their feelings, a doctor cannot omit informing a patient of their terminal diagnosis. They can’t pretend as though their patient isn’t long for this world or that they have serious issues. Would they wish the situation were different? Unless they were a sadist, the answer is a resounding yes. Nobody likes to deliver bad news, but sometimes you have to. More often than not, healing begins with confrontation. If we are never confronted with the reality of the times we’re living in and what the future holds, we will never prioritize the essentials necessary to withstand them.

I have gout. Other than my acerbic sense of humor, it’s the one thing I inherited from my grandfather. Anyone with the misfortune of having gout knows the mind-numbing pain it produces, and although I can’t verify it, it has been compared with the pains of childbirth. Knowing what I had, it was up to me to tweak my diet in such a way as to mitigate an attack. The choice was mine to make, and since I’m no fan of excruciating pain, I made the requisite changes. It’s been over a decade since I’ve had a debilitating gout attack, not because I hoped I wouldn’t or battled it with positive thoughts, but because I made the necessary changes.

Those tasked with preaching the gospel and rightly dividing the Word are accountable to an authority far greater than a medical board review. They are accountable to God for delivering the truth of the gospel and not attempting to circumvent, whitewash, or ignore the uncomfortable bits. They are there for a reason; if we ignore them, we do so to our peril.

With love in Christ,

Michael Boldea, Jr.  

Posted on 18 May 2024 | 10:59 am

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