2002-03-27 - The End of Time
Revelation 10:5,6 And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to Heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created the heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there shall be delay no longer.
Many of us experience a taste of what the end of time will be like on Sunday mornings, or throughout the week, trying to make it to work on time. We know personally as we rush about, that time is running out. As we look at the clock, we eventually realize that time is up and we are going to be late. There the analogy breaks down, because no one will be late for eternity. Eternity will take place on God's time and at His bidding. Nonetheless, for the Earth and sea, time is edging ever closer to eternity, and someday time will be no more.
The end of time means that the petty satisfactions we find in the world will all end. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life will all no longer be indulgences for us. The drunk will not call for his pint of beer. When we set our affections on things that are perishing, we have fallen for that which is dying and which will be swallowed up in time. Off we go to be with Christ, and all these things, we will find, have no place in eternity. "The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer." 1 Peter 4:7.
The end of time means that the window of opportunity for salvation will have closed. "Behold, now is 'the acceptable time,' behold, now is 'the day of salvation,'" 2 Corinthians 6:2. At the end of time, the sinner's hopes are extinguished. Every hour a sinner lives is a blessing from God and another hour in which he or she might come to repentance and faith. "Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near," Isaiah 55:6.
When we come to end times, and things of that nature, rather than look for a code to figure out if Christ is returning on Thursday, or in 16 years, 4 months, 3 days, and 9 hours, we have at least two things to consider first. Knowing time is going to expire, we must ask ourselves if we are trusting in Christ for all our hope. We must be sure that we are applying the truths of the gospel to our lives and trusting in the atonement of Christ. Secondly, we must discern if we are living in the world yet not of it or if the world has sunk it's filthy claws into our lives and taken hold of us. The vanities of the world can be hard to resist, but we must seek to turn our backs to them.
It is useful to think about the end of time every once and a while. In so doing we ask ourselves if we are squandering time or redeeming time to God's glory. To think that time may soon be no more can be a great motivation to use the time we are given, to focus on eternal things. If you have time to reflect, take a moment and think about what areas of your life are tied to earthiness and how you can find a way to live more and more with a mindset of Heavenly-mindedness.
Soli Deo Gloria,