The [Coming] Story of The End
To wind up this week’s story theme, I’m going to be writing about a story that has yet to be told. Yesterday, I put together a post about the story of Sin, with Passion, the Trinity, and God’s Love earlier this week. Today, we talk about tomorrow.
It’s such a whimsical thing. The unimaginable future, holding who-knows-what. The descriptions we get in the bible are relatively vague when it comes to specific details, but there is some we know for sure.
Revelation has a lot to say on the subject, and summing up the book might be nearly impossible. Nonetheless, I can give the quick-take to you.
We know there is a lot that needs to happen before the world is going to end. Personally, I feel like we have a good while, but it is imperative that we all realize this:
We are told that not even Jesus knows when the world will end! That’s why you don’t have to sweat conspiracy theorists, and those Christians who say they know when God is coming, or God told them obviously don’t know their stuff.
So what will happen in all of it? We know that Jesus will come, at some point, to bring up all of those who truly believe in him, and have him in their hearts. This is known as the Rapture. We also know the some pretty horrific stuff is going to occur in the End Times. It is somewhat unclear whether the Rapture will happen before or after the End Times, and it can depend on who you ask.
Nevertheless, we have yet to see real signs of the End Times, and it has been a little while since the early church. This would be quite astonishing to the early church in Jerusalem, I would think, because they seemed to think that Jesus would be returning perhaps within their lifetimes.
And even if Jesus doesn’t return for 1000 years or longer, we need to live like that. We need to live like there’s no tomorrow. Ever heard that before? But it means more than partying like it’s the apocalypse (and I don’t recommend it). This means we have to lead a life for Christ like this may be our last chance to bring our friends, family, and the world to Christ.
People complicate the end of the world. Truth is, you can spend your life trying to decode Revelation, or you can trust that God has it all planned out.
The second-to-last verse in the entire bible, Revelation 22:20, describes this wonderfully:
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
This verse, referring to God, describes how we are told the Lord is returning soon. Soon in God’s time, however could be an extremely long time to us, so we’ll just have to wait on that one. But after this, John says, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Amen, meaning basically “let it be”, and “Come”, shows how he is ready and willing. He is ready for Jesus coming. Are you?