Are we living in the end times? Are we looking at the signs of Armageddon and the Judgement Day?
So far in 2020, the world has seen…
- Out of control wildfires in Australia — which sort of mirrored the ones in California a few months ago.
- 3 volcanoes erupting in Japan, Mexico and the Philippines.
- A massive amount of earthquakes and aftershocks in the south coast of Puerto Rico.
- Numerous countries including Iran, Bolivia, with hundreds, if not thousands of citizens protesting corrupt governments.
- Powerful storms and floods affecting the U.S. and other countries.
It makes you stop and think. What’s going on? Are these the end times?
Here’s a question for you — if we are living in the end times, are you ready to face Judgement Day?
Jesus said in Luke 21:25-31…
“And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”
Then he gave them this illustration: “Notice the fig tree, or any other tree. When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near…
And he continues in verse 33…
“Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear. Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”Luke 21:25-31, 33-36
Just a few chapters before, in Luke 17: 26-37, Jesus spoke of what his return would look like…
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all.
“And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building—until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed. On that day a person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return home. Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it. That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.”
“Where will this happen, Lord?” the disciples asked.
Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”Luke 17:26-37
Let me remind you of what was going on just before the flood in Noah’s Day…
The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.” But Noah found favor with the Lord.Genesis 6:5-8
You can read the story of Noah and the flood on your own. Jesus also mentioned Lot’s adventure in Sodom. I won’t get into that one, but you can find it Genesis 19. That also didn’t end well for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and Lot’s wife — who found it hard to leave her life behind.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23…
“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’Matthew 7:21-23
Does Jesus Know You?
Imagine you standing in front of the Judgement seat of God. You’re going to say, “But I went to Mass every Sunday and I went to confession every Saturday. I did lie and cheated and stole some during the week, but it wasn’t much. And I confessed it to the priest as I was told to do. Why can’t I get into Heaven?”
Jesus then pulls out the big book and lists: (simulated scenario)
- You worshiped and prayed to my Mother in stead of me. That’s idolatry and I strictly said not to do that in the 2nd Commandment.
- You worshiped and prayed to my apostles and other so-called saints and their idols meant more to you than a relationship with me.
- And you believed the lies of men — leaders in the Catholic Church — who told you that you can pay, pray or do good works to get into Heaven.
I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.Revelation 20:12
Then he looks in His “Book of Life” and doesn’t see your name there. The “Book of Life” is reserved for those people who believed, repented of their sins and were baptized (as adults) and invited Jesus into their hearts and lives.
Is Your Name Written in the Book of Life?
The Good News is that it’s not too late for you. You can, right now, change your destiny and be ready if Jesus comes tomorrow or years from now. Simply pray this prayer wholeheartedly…
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life to you. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. Amen.”
Next Steps in Your New Walk with Jesus…
- Start reading the Bible daily. If you don’t have one, I recommend the YouVersion, Bible.app and Through the Word app — both are free and have a lot of great daily devotionals and Bible studies.
- Pray every day. Talk to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you daily.
- Find and join a Bible-believing church — preferably a non-denominational one and be baptized!
Be prepared to feel a peace that surpasses all understanding. The weight of guilt will be lifted off your shoulders and onto Jesus’. Don’t take my word for it. Read the Bible.