THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LIVING IN THE END TIMES - 4
Revelation 18:1-2,21-23; 19:1-3,9
We are in the end times. “And then they will see the
Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
(Lk 21:27). What a glorious time!
it will be a time of judgment. If you have been faithful to
God, then “stand erect and raise your heads because
your redemption is at hand.” (Lk 21:28b). If however
you have not responded to God’s call, “these days
are the time of punishment when all the scriptures are fulfilled.”
(Lk 21:22). God has repeatedly warned us through His word
in the Bible. For those who have not responded to God’s
love, “a terrible calamity will come upon the earth
and a wrathful judgment upon this people.” (Lk 21:23b).
is still time, as “His mercy endures forever”
(Ps 100:5b). But time is running out. The end will come like
a thief in the night. When that happens, it would be too late.
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring
of the sea and the waves.” (Lk 21:25). We are already
being given foretastes, such as devastating storms and tsunamis.
“People will die of fright in anticipation of what is
coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will
be shaken.” (Lk 21:26).
will not be mocked. The God of love is also the God of justice.
Judgment day will come. What will happen to the nations that
have embraced worldly evil pleasures? “Fallen, fallen
is Babylon the great. She has become a haunt for demons. She
is a cage for every unclean spirit, .... For all the nations
have drunk the wine of her licentious passion.” (Rv
18:2-3a). This is what we see in the world today, the sexual
licentiousness permeating all societies. We see the consumerism,
materialism, hedonism, the total focus on money, sex and power,
as “the merchants of the earth grew rich from her drive
for luxury.” (Rv 18:3c).
all is not lost for the world. God loves us all, winning salvation
for us through the blood of the Lamb. We are still invited
to come to Jesus, to accept him as Savior and Lord, to be
counted among His people. We are the lost sheep that Jesus
still searches for. “Know that the Lord is God, he made
us, we belong to him, we are his people, the flock he shepherds.”
(Ps 100:3). God wants us back. God wants us to receive the
blessings already reserved for us. God invites us to partake
of the great heavenly banquet. “Blessed are those who
have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.”
(Rv 19:9b). How can they come to Jesus? They need to encounter
him, to meet Christ. This happens as we share Christ. We evangelize.
We proclaim the gospel.
it not be the greatest joy if we are able to help bring someone
to Christ? This is the joy of the gospel (Evangelii Gaudium).
We are to “serve the Lord with gladness” (Ps 100:2a).
Then all together we can “come before him with joyful
song” (Ps 100:2b). Then we can all together make it
to heaven. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts
with praise.” (Ps 100:4a).
are supposed to take up God’s harps. What a tragedy
it would be if “no melodies of harpists and musicians,
flutists and trumpeters, will ever be heard in you again.”
(Rv 18:22a). So let us evangelize massively, and look to the
wedding feast that is to come. May our work help prepare the
bride for the Bridegroom. “For the wedding day of the
Lamb has come, his bride has made herself ready.” (Rv
instead of doom and gloom, instead of fright and dread, instead
of being perplexed and dismayed, “let us rejoice and
be glad and give him glory.” (Rv 19:7a).