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1 Peter 4:7
7 But [de] the end [telos] of all things [pas] is at
hand [eggizo]: be ye [sophroneo] therefore [oun] sober [sophroneo], and [kai] watch [nepho] unto [eis] prayer [proseuche]. KJV-Interlinear
7 The end of all things is at
hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of
The, end of all
things, carries two meanings.The first
is the generally accepted meaning, which refers to the end of the dispensation
of our Church Age.This is commonly called
the end of the world, as well.
The second meaning is
the end of your own personal life here in this world.
Both meanings apply
Unless you are very
old, then even the day and hour of your death is not known, but everyone knows
that you are on the plank, and walking ever so slowly to its edge.
But for most of us, the
date of our death is an unknown.Most of
us will live to beat the old age averages.Some will be caught by surprise in some accident, or by some physical ailment,
etc., and leave this world sooner than expected.
And as for the end of
the world, Jesus said it best.
36 But of that day and
hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father
37 For the coming of
the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.
38 For as in those
days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were
marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
39 and they did not
understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of
the Son of Man be.NASB
The deity of Christ,
knows the date and hour, but the humanity of Jesus, does not know the fixed and
certain date, that has been set by God the Father, in His divine decrees.
In Peter s day, before
Jesus revealed our current dispensation, the common knowledge of the end times
the Messiah would come
into the world at the end of the age of Israel,
that He would secure
that the Tribulation of
seven years (Satan s last rebellion) would occur,
and then Christ would promptly
establish His Kingdom (which is the Millennium or one-thousand years of His rule),
followed by the final
judgments and the eternal state.
What was hidden from
the Old Testament, was the existence of out current dispensation, which is called
the Church Age.Our dispensation was
inserted into history and it interrupted the dispensation of the Age of Israel.
That dispensation (the Age
of Israel) has seven years remaining in it.Those seven years have been postponed until after our dispensation is
Our dispensation will
end with the Rapture.
And just as the days of
Noah were ignored as people kept on having parties, weddings and such as their
final judgment was approaching, so too, in our current dispensation, the
general population of the world will not take note of the many signs of the approaching
judgment of the Tribulation.
We do not know the
year, day, or hour of the Rapture, but it is really not relevant to our
We are supposed to live
our life, in doctrine, growing in grace and spiritual preparation as though
each day is going to be our last day here.
The Rapture could occur
tomorrow, or it could occur a century from now.Your life could end tomorrow, or you could live for many more decades.In either case, the day of your final breath
is irrelevant.What is relevant is
whether you will be prepared for your eventual and certain evaluation before
Your preparation comes
from your daily study of the Word for God, and your subsequent advance toward
spiritual maturity.That is your
priority and objective in life.
The signs that we are
nearing the end, is as long as your arm.But, remember that all of those signs are mentioned in the Bible as
trends, not specific events (increase in numbers of nations, increase in
earthquakes, increase in apostasy, etc., etc., etc.).Most of these trends will occur over several
generations, and therefore the date of the Rapture can never be specifically known.
Personally, I don t think
that the Rapture will occur until after the world population has grown to
enormous numbers, perhaps fifty or a hundred billion of people, as opposed to
the current population of seven billion.If that is correct, then the Rapture will not occur for a century or
more.But then this is only a
guess.None of us really knows, nor will
we ever know.
But one thing is
certain, and that is that the world will not have a nation upholding the banner
of Christian principles, when the end finally does arrive.And we have seen movement to very anti-Christian
philosophies in our own country and throughout the world, just in our own
Things were bad in the
world when Noah was given his instructions, and then he had only a hundred and
twenty additional years remaining before judgment.I would just bet that history will move a bit
faster in our day, but then who knows!
All that this means is
that there will be an end, of your life or of history, and that you will stand
before the Lord perhaps sooner than you think.Will you be ready?Or, will you
ignore all of this and continue in your I m doing all that I need to do, attitude,
with no real sense of urgency for your own spiritual status.
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