Is This The End? (II Kings 2; II Thessalonians 2)

“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter,”  II Thessalonians 2:15

Last week I received an email from Dr. David Jeremiah concerning the subject of our blog, “Is this the end.”  Now, do not be impressed by my receiving this email, so did about a million other people.  The email was a link to a message preached by a Messianic Jew on the subject of the demise of Damascus. The message is about 53 minutes long.  It was well worth my time.

In essence the message spoke of two things:  1.  God’s return 2.  Man’s demise.  As I listened to that message, my heart began to race as I thought, “Is this the end?”

Many thoughts were racing through my mind as I considered the end of this world.  Probably the same thoughts were running through the minds of the people Paul was addressing in II Thessalonians 2.  These believers had been told, “The end has already come.”

Here in chapter two we find Paul answer to their fright.  Two things stand out:

1.  There is a clear Word:

The end had not come!  Paul gives three reasons why he knows the end has not come:  1.  The Lawless one has not come (The Antichrist).  2.  The Holy Spirit has not been taken away (Still restraining evil).  3.  People are still being saved.

2.  There is a clear warning:

The end is coming!  As we draw near to the end, Satan’s power will be increased (His deception will be amazing).  But at the same time, Satan’s destiny is assured (Christ will destroy him with the word of His mouth).

As I read this chapter, I came away with both peace and passion!!

Think it through:

1.  You and I can have peace because we know that our Lord is sovereignly in control of the events of this life.

2.  You and I should live with a passion to get the gospel to all the world before the end comes.  The Holy Spirit is at work in the lives of people who are sharing the gospel.

What will we do?

This day, I will share my faith with the assurance that God is for me.  This day, I will trust in my Lord’s ability to open the eyes of the blind to see their need of the gospel.  This day, I will trust in the results that God gives!!!

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