Even those who do not believe in Jesus Christ find themselves watching world events and asking themselves, “What does all this mean? Could this be what those Christians call The End Times?” When a friend heard that I was doing this preaching series, he asked, “Well, are we?” in the End Times. When I described the labor pain analogy that Jesus used and how the signs of the End Times will start happening with greater frequency and greater intensity, he grimaced. “Yeah, they are,” he admitted.
In this mini-series, I explored three main issues — 1) Whether we as believers should be able to tell when the End Times are getting closer, 2) The Signs of the End Times — especially in the area of the Corruption of Character, and 3) The Signs of the End Times in regard to world events.
Can We Tell when the End Times Approach?
Many point to the verse where Jesus said, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father,” to try to argue that we shouldn’t even concern ourselves with whether the End Times are near. I agree that this verse certainly goes against any attempts to set dates for Christ’s return (a favorite hobby for some). However, even when God says that this Day will come suddenly, He seems to argue that Christians should be on high alert and, therefore, will not be caught off guard like everyone else. In the first message, the we examine these issues. But more importantly, the question is, since Jesus is coming back, how should we be living as we wait for His coming?
The second sermon focused on an all too common feeling we have, What’s this world coming to?
How many times have you been reading a newspaper or watching the news or checking out things on the Internet and found yourself saying these words? You read about some awful thing someone did the previous night and wondered, “What’s this world coming to?!”
Someone left their baby unattended in the car on a terribly hot day and the baby died and you muttered, “What’s this world coming to?!”
You overheard someone’s conversation on their cell phone and they were ranting and raving and cussing. And then you overheard that he’s talking to his mother! You shook your head and said, “What’s this world coming to?”
You learn of a former friend who abandons his wife with four children and runs off with her best friend. In shock you ask yourself, “What’s this world coming to?”
What World Events Should We Look for in the End Times?
Our final sermon looked at what most people like to dwell on — world-wide events like the coming of the Anti-Christ, the forming of a one-world government and a one-world economy capable of stopping people from buying or selling who have refused to accept the Mark of the Beast, etc. Once scoffed at as impossible, are these things more likely than ever before? Once again, we see in the text of 2 Peter 3 that God has more critical things in mind. One of the questions we look at is, “What is God waiting for?” And, once again the question is raised in the discussion, Since Christ will come, how should we be living?”