Things have gotten really bad around here. As a human race, we applaud sin, idolize athletes and celebrities, and wantonly engage in life-altering habits. We follow false gods, such as: money, success, leisure and fame. And many literally worship evil spirits. We fight vehemently to remove any semblance of God from the public square. We fail to recognize the historic spiritual battle between Isaac and Ishmael that has now become a physical one. We devalue life itself. The Bible says that God searches to and fro across the earth to find those whose hearts are tuned to Him–today, those souls are few and far between.
Our present world culture puts one in mind of the Israelites during a particularly evil period in their history. They turned away from God–worshipping idols and “doing what was right in their own eyes”. (Judges 21:25) In the process, they broke nearly all of the 10 commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). And God punished them over and over again by handing them over to their enemies.
In light of the fact that we as a culture, so resemble the rebellious Israelites, how much longer will God show patience and grace to us? Can the end of time be far away?
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ will come again some day to take all believers with Him to glory. The bodies of those who have died in Christ will be raised, changed, and joined with their souls (that have long been in the presence of Jesus). Those believers who are still alive at that time will rise to meet him in the air–a legion of believers from every tribe, nation and race. What a glorious day that will be! (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:52, Luke 17:34 )
That event will usher in the great tribulation, a time of the worst persecution, death, and destruction known to man. The presence, comfort, and drawing of the Holy Spirit will no longer be on the earth, as all believers–in whose hearts the Holy Spirit resides– have been removed. Hence, it will be very difficult (though not impossible), for those unbelievers left behind to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
No one knows the day or the hour of Christ’s return, despite all of the predictions from learned men and quacks, alike. (Mark 13:32, Luke 12:40) Therefore, we must be ready.
If you do not know Christ as your Lord and Savior, now is the time to settle this issue. It is of eternal importance. Come to Him in repentance and faith. Accept His free gift of salvation. Acknowledge Him as the Son of God. If you need to know more about how to do this, here is a link that may help: Answers about Salvation in Christ
If you are already a believer but have not been living a life that is pleasing to God, come back to Him. He is waiting with open arms to welcome you home.
Christ is coming again to bring his people to their heavenly home. Don’t be left behind.
“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13