THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LIVING IN THE END TIMES - 14
There has just been a horrid massacre of innocents by Islamic
terrorists in Paris, France. A Russian jetliner was shot down
over the Sinai. This is just the start. Islamic radicals have
waged war on so-called infidels (even their own Shia fellow
Muslims). Some are calling this already the start of World
War III. The whole world is in tribulation and we are already
in the end times.
end will be a cosmic event, “in those days after that
tribulation” (Mk 13:24a). Could it be by a cataclysmic
natural calamity, such as a huge volcanic eruption, triggering
massive earthquakes and tsunamis? With tons of volcanic ash
spewed out, “the sun will be darkened, and the moon
will not give its light” (Mk 13:24b). Could it be asteroids
slamming into the earth, as in “the stars will be falling
from the sky (Mk 13:25a)? Could it be global war among the
nuclear powers, employing weapons that orbit the earth? With
such Star Wars, “the powers in the heavens will be shaken.”
(Mk 13:25b). One thing for sure, “it shall be at time
unsurpassed in distress since the nations began” (Dn
is the time of the second coming of our Lord Jesus. “And
then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’
with great power and glory” (Mk 13:26). What an awesome
event that would be!
comes the final judgment. “Many of those who sleep in
the dust of the earth shall awake; some to everlasting life,
others to reproach and everlasting disgrace.” (Dn 12:2).
Some will go to heaven, and others to the eternal fires of
hell. Jesus “will send out the angels and gather his
elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the
end of the sky.” (Mk 13:27). The angels will be led
by “Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people”
is it decided who goes to heaven or to hell? Those who go
to heaven are those who have accepted Jesus as Savior and
Lord. Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross, as he
“offered one sacrifice for sins” (Heb 10:12a).
Jesus then “took his seat forever at the right hand
of God” (Heb 10:12b), where he wants to bring us. If
we have repented, turned to faith in Jesus, and tried to live
righteous lives, then our names are in the book of life. “At
that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found
written in the book” (Dn 12:1c). Thus, by his sacrificial
death and resurrection, Jesus “made perfect forever
those who are being consecrated.” (Heb 10:14).
God entered into covenant with us as His people, and Jesus
and the Holy Spirit taught us God’s ways. “The
holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying: ‘This
is the covenant I will establish with them after those days,
says the Lord: ‘I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them upon their minds’” (Heb
10:15-16). If we live out our covenant with God, if we obey
God’s laws, if we turn our minds and hearts over to
God’s ways, then “he also says: ‘Their sins
and their evildoing I will remember no more.’”
(Heb 10:17). As such, “where there is forgiveness of
these, there is no longer offering for sin.” (Heb 10:18).
here is an interesting thing. Jesus won salvation for all
and would like all to make it to heaven. This is what they
deserve, as God’s children and as the Lord’s redeemed.
To them, justicegetting what is their dueis making
it to heaven. But they first need to accept what Jesus has
done for them. For that to happen they need to meet Christ
and start to live Christ. For that to happen, others need
to share Christ with them. This is the work of evangelization.
“And those who lead the many to justice shall be like
the stars forever.” (Dn 12:3b). Evangelizers and missionaries
who live God’s ways and follow God’s commission
and who thus help bring more souls back to God are destined
for eternal life in heaven!
we accept Jesus and live his way of life, if we live our covenant
with God, if we obey God’s commands including the command
to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus, then we need
never fear the Lord’s second coming, for we know what
our destiny already is. “Lord, my allotted portion and
my cup, you have made my destiny secure.” (Ps 16:5).
we do not know when Jesus will return. “But of that
day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor
the Son, but only the Father.” (Mk 13:32). But we know,
if we are faithful and true, what will happen to us when he
does return. We know what we need to do. “I keep the
Lord always before me; with him at my right hand, I shall
never be shaken.” (Ps 16:8).
we do not know when Jesus will return, he did tell us what
the signs at the end will be. So, brethren, read the signs
of the times. “Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When
its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that
summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things
happening, know that he is near, at the gates.” (Mk
to grow in holiness. Continue to give yourself in God’s
service, especially the work of evangelization and mission.
Continue to be watchful. And rejoice in the return of the
Lord. “Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices;
my body also dwells secure, for you will not abandon my soul
to Sheol, nor let your devout one see the pit. You will show
me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights
at your right hand forever.” (Ps 16:9-11).