The end of what? May you ask. And for a good reason. Many times has been said that an hypothetical end is near. And this may make us feel concerned or skeptical or maby amused. Matthew 24:14 says: ”The end will come.” This statement is written in the Bible, and indicates an event that is also called ”the great day of God”, ”Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:14, 16) But how will this event affect us, if it does? The Bible reveals us what this end is and what it is not and how to survive. What does the end mean according to the Bible? What will bring about the end?
WHAT THE END IS NOT
The earth is established on its foundations; it will not be moved from its place forever and ever.” (Psalm 104:5) In a sense that the earth will neither be destroyed nor will God allow it to be destroyed ever. (Ecclesiastes 1:4; Isaiah 45:18) The Bible reveals that the end is scheduled, God has set a specific time for it. Thus the end is not a random and spontaneous incident. Revelation 19:11 says:”I saw heaven opened, and look! a white horse. And the one seated on it is called Faithful and True.” Verse 19 continues:”And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the one seated on the horse and against his army.” Though much of these words have a symbolic meaning, we can discern that God will use an angelic army to exterminate his enemies. Thus the end is not caused by humans or by debris hurtling through space.
WHAT THE END IS
The Bible explains:”The God of heaven will set up a kingdom [government] that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44) As mentioned above, God will kill the kings of the earth and their armies will be destroyed by means of the one seated on the horse and an army of angelic creatures. (Revelation 19:19)
The end of war, violence, and injustice. “God is bringing an end to wars throughout the earth.” (Psalm 46:9) “Only the upright will reside in the earth, and the blameless will remain in it. As for the wicked, they will be cut off from the earth, and the treacherous will be torn away from it.” (Proverbs 2:21, 22) “Look! I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:4, 5)
Failing religions will come to an end. “The prophets prophesy lies, and the priests dominate by their own authority. . . .But what will you do when the end comes?”(Jeremiah 5:31) ”Many will say to me in that day:’Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name?’ And then I will declare to them:’I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23)
What about people who perpetuate and approve or support the current governments and their affairs? Jesus said:”Now this is the basis for judgment: that the light has come into the world, but men have loved the darkness rather that the light, for their works were wicked.” (John 3:19) Will this be the first judgment ever in human history? No, the upcoming ”day of judgment and of destruction” is compared in the Bible, with the destruction of Noah’s time. (2 Peter 3:5-7)It were God’s enemies who were destroyed, but the planet survived.
In the same way, who choose to be God’s enemies will likewise be destroyed. But who will survive? God’s friends will be preserved, as were Noah and his family. (Matthew 24:37-42) So how can you survive? The Bible strongly urges us to set priorities in our live. 2 Peter 3:10-12 says:”Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, consider what sort of people you ought to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion, as you await and keep close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah.”
Our survival involves being devoted to Jehovah God and learning about the kind of conduct and deeds that please him. (Zephaniah 2:3) Please contact the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They can show you from the Bible how you can be a survivor of this upcoming day.
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