The Coming of the End?

Katrina … Rita … Iraq … PLO … global warming … 9/11 … earthquakes … famine!

Do these tragedies mean that we should be concerned, stop what we’re doing and expect the end to come soon?  Many cultists say “YES” but Jesus said a clear “NO.”

Jesus said, “And wars will break out near and far, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other, and there will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, and famines. But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come.” (Mark 13:7-8, New Living Translation)

I think Jesus is saying that we need to get used to the idea of serving him in the midst of a chaotic world.  We need to get very good at raising godly families, building Bible-centered churches and telling everyone about Christ in the midst of natural disasters, wars and disintegrating societies.

Don’t wait until things get “back to normal” to do service for Jesus Christ. That time may never come.  No, Jesus said that tragedy will become more and more “normal.”

Light shines most brightly in deep darkness.
Salvation is most welcome in the midst of tragedy.
Love finds its greatest value when surrounded by hate.

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6 Responses to The Coming of the End?

  1. I like your thoughts, but may I ask why you use a New Living Translation? By the way I linked here from another guys blog. Randomnueralfirings. Good thoughts though.Mike

  2. longhikes says:

    Mike, You asked about the New Living Translation… I have found it to be an excellent and trustworthy translation of the Scriptures (unlike its predecessor The Living Bible which was a good paraphrase but never pretended to be a study-worthy translation). I specifically used NLT in this Xanga post because the NIV translation here doesn’t communicate well what I think Jesus was saying. The NLT (“the end won’t follow immediately”), NASB (“that is not yet the end”), Good News Translation (“they do not mean that the end has come”); and the English Standard Version, American Standard Version, New King James Version and Amplified Bible (“but the end is not yet”) all do a better job. Thanks for your post. I enjoyed looking at your site.Dan

  3. Thanks man, no problem. I read that post at about 3:30 in the morning and I thought I read New World Translation. I am more of an ESV guy. I think it fits best both studying and reading. *shrugs* But thanks anyway.Mike

  4. tigerlily_eh says:

    Hi Dan, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on recent events, i think that you hit the nail on the head: “Don’t wait until things get “back to normal” to do service for Jesus Christ. That time may never come. No, Jesus said that tragedy will become more and more “normal.” this is a great reminder for me to allow God to use me everyday to show his unending love to others around me, Thanks and have a great rest of your week!

  5. hey Uncle Dan…thanks for the insiteful entry, great reminder!

  6. I like! I almost feel like saying “bring it on”

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