"For if God...did not spare the ancient world when He brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes,...and if he rescued Lot----- if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly...."
(2 Pet. 2, NIV)
Isaiah 24 is being fulfilled right before our eyes. "The earth mourns and dries up, and the crops waste away and wither. Even the greatest people on earth waste away. The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God's instructions, violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse consumes the earth. Its people must pay the price for their sin." Don't listen to CNN, MSNBC, or even FOX pundits. What you have just read, my friend, is the current reality. The majority of the present generation in Christendom, however, does not believe this. These Bible Texts to most are merely an "Old Testament Reading" and a "New Testament Reading," readings and nothing more, nothing to, "take heed!"
Some people either teach or imply (and others just accept) that judgment expressed in our text will never happen again. Just listen closely to the message coming from modern liberal, evangelical, charismatic organizations and you walk away with the distinct impression that your life will just go on as usual, and mankind will just keep living in "sun rise, sun set, sun rise, sun set, swiftly go the years;" history is really headed nowhere. O, yes, we are "saved," going to heaven, are a worshipping people, doing missions, helping the poor, conducting self help conferences, just going about the same religious things, with variations on a theme, that so many others have been involved in for the last couple of generations. But Jesus said, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come."
"....and then the end will come." What, "end"?-- the end of life as mankind has known it from the Garden, the end of humanist governments, 401(k)s, "the end," of conferences, worship seminars. The King is coming! He will be here on Planet Earth---- no campaigning, no elections, just King Jesus and the Earth under His reign. What comes after that in the universe is as debatable as the exact events of the "Second Coming." But we can be very sure of this--------- "and then the end will come," is written in the very "fiber" of both Old AND New Testaments------------ and, the earth.
Father, in Jesus' Name, I thank You that You know, "how to rescue." Amen.
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