Newsletter September 1, 2017

A WORD FROM THE PREACHER

By Bob Ponchot

IS THE END OF ALL THINGS NEAR?

 Peter says it is. 1 Peter 4:7 says, “The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” What a verse! If the end of all things was near when Peter wrote this, how near must the end be now? I realize that “near” is a relative term. Near may be, in time, a day, a year, or even a thousand years. This same Peter would write in 2 Peter 3:8, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” God does not tell time like we do. He transcends time. I rather think that God makes decisions, not according to time, but according to conditions. He did so in the past.

 God’s wrath and judgment came down on the earth during the days of Noah because of the condition of mankind. Genesis 6:5 reveals, “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” God made His decision, not based on time, but on conditions. Sin had so permeated the land during the days of Noah that God not only “shut” Noah and his family in, He “shut” everyone else out.

 The same was true in regard to Sodom and Gomorrah. It was the sinful condition of the people that motivated God to act. God sent two angels to the home of Lot and the message was unmistakable. “We are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.” Genesis 19:13.

 Is the end of all things near? I believe the end will come when men become politically corrupt, morally bankrupt, and hedonism rules the day. The end will come when men’s wickedness is great and evil rules his heart. Conditions, not time, will determine God’s final intervention. When men are no longer clear minded, not knowing right from wrong and truth from error, when men no longer exercise self-control because it is easier to sin than not to sin, when our sinful rebellious hearts make it impossible to even pray, the end will come.

 Am I giving up? No. Just maybe there are ten righteous ones left who will turn the heart of God toward healing and blessing our land. More than 2000 years ago when Rome was in power, people were corrupt, immoral, and lived for self-gratification. That society was called by Peter in Acts 2:40 a “corrupt generation.” In the midst of all that evil God entered the world in the Person of His Son. Will conditions on planet Earth be that bad when Jesus returns? I think it will. But when He does return “he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:26. Yes, the end of all things is near.” “Amen, Come, Lord Jesus.”

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