We know that God has already appointed a day in which He will judge the world according to righteousness (Acts 17:31). That is, there is a specific time already fixed in the mind of God in which this earth and all life as we know it will come to an end. When Jesus spoke to His disciples of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, they asked, “When shall all these things be?” (Matthew 24:3). Good question! Concerning the destruction of the heavens and earth (2Peter 3:10), we need to ask the same question: “When shall all these things be?” That is, “What time is it? How close are we to the appointed day?”
God has kept the earth rotating around the sun at an angle of 23 1/3 degrees for at least 6,000 years. The Law of Christ has already been in existence three times longer than the Law of Moses. More than at anytime since the first century, men are mocking the Bible and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?” (2 Peter 3:4). Our knowledge is doubling every 4 years (Daniel 12:4). And, our earth is “waxing old like a garment” (Isaiah 51:6), already supporting over 6 billion people, and that is expected to double in the next 12 to 15 years! How many people can the earth support? Just what time is it?
In the rat-race of our society, there’s the tendency for our faith to grow lazy and go into hibernation. That would be a tragic mistake, because our world is moving toward a certain, fixed destiny. The Bible summarizes this “certain destiny” in two simple words: THE END (1Corinthians 15:24).
Paul writes, “…and knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11). No one knows the day nor hour when our Lord will return (Mark 13:32-33), but we do know that we are 24 hours closer than we were yesterday at this time. Are you prepared? (Matthew 25:1-13).
Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.
Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).