1. This world had a BEGINNING, and a predetermined END, “… in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the EARTH also and the works that are therein SHALL BE BURNED UP” [2 Peter 3:10] In Christ, we have firm assurance of a better world than the present, where there shall be no more sorrow, sickness, poverty, death and sundry afflictions, as it is written: “… Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the THINGS WHICH GOD HATH PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: … [1 Corinthians 2:9-10] Those who LOVE God search the Scriptures daily, fully assured of imminent END of this world and take note of THOSE THINGS “… written for our admonition, upon whom the ENDS of the WORLD ARE COME. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth TAKE HEED LEST HE FALL” [1 Corinthians 10:11-12] Friend, the “ENDS” of the present world are here, seek the Lord while He may yet be found; place your HOPES and EXPECTATIONS in Him, “For SURELY THERE IS AN END; and thine expectation shall not be cut off” [Proverbs 23:18]
2.BEGINNING OF THE END signify a progression of “ENDS”, as in 1 Corinthians 10: 11-12 and of which the Apostles asked Jesus, “… when shall THESE THINGS be? and what shall be the SIGN of thy coming, and of the END of the world?” [Matthew 24:3] The FIRST END is the FULFILMENT of the TIMES of the GENTILE Church, which began in 1948, when Israel captured Jerusalem and PROPHECY was fulfilled, “… and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the TIMES OF THE GENTILES BE FULFILLED” Luke 21:24] Ever since, the whole earth groan in sorrows like a woman caught in the pains of parturition, “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, EVEN WE OURSELVES GROAN within ourselves, WAITING FOR THE ADOPTION, to wit, the REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY” [Romans 8:23] As the world lurch from instability to confusion, we are pressed beyond measure but not distressed; our PEACE is anchored on SURE PROPHECY of His imminent appearance to REDEEM us, “… whereunto ye do well that ye TAKE HEED, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the DAY STAR ARISE IN YOUR HEARTS” [2 Peter 1:19] Beloved, the TRANSLATION is the END of the GENTILE Church and our BOARDING PASS is the DAY STAR, which is Christ in you. Friend, are you prepared for the END? Do you have Christ in you?
3. TRANSLATION or RAPTURE as some call it is not the END; afterwards come JACOB’S TROUBLE, “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE; but he shall be saved out of it” [Jeremiah 30:7] A period of excruciating agony, orchestrated by Satan through the MAN OF SIN, to browbeat men to subjection under his jackboots, “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the MARK, or the NAME of the beast, or the NUMBER of his name” [Revelation 13:17] At her darkest hour, the Lord shall raise TWO PROPHETS to WITNESS and enforce His COVENANT with Israel, as it is written: “And I will give power unto my TWO WITNESSES, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth” [Revelation 11:3] In the midst of unprecedented TRIBULATION, the TWO WITNESSES shall TESTIFY of Christ and Israel shall be REDEEMED as foretold, “For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is HE THAT COMETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD” [Matthew 23:39] Listen carefully, there shall some Christians be left behind after the TRANSLATION, to who the “DOOR WAS SHUT” in Matthew 25:10; DO NOT TAKE THE MARK. Be prepared to lay down your life for the TESTIMONY of Jesus Christ, to take your place under the ALTAR, “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were SLAIN for the WORD OF GOD, and for the TESTIMONY which they held” [Revelation 6:9]
4. The END is not come until Satan gather his forces to Armageddon, where his alter egos, the FALSE PROPHET and the BEAST are taken and cast into the lake of fire, but himself bound a THOUSAND YEARS by an angel from heaven, “And he laid hold on the DRAGON, that OLD SERPENT, which is the DEVIL, and SATAN, and BOUND HIM A THOUSAND YEARS” [Revelation 20:1-2, see also Revelation 19:19-20] The MILLENIUM is the SABBATH of the Lord and His SAINTS shall REST and REIGN with Him on earth for a THOUSAND YEARS [Revelation 20:4] After the MILLENIUM Satan is loosed for a while to throw his last dice and thrown into the lake of fire, “And the DEVIL that DECEIVED them was CAST INTO the LAKE OF FIRE and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” [Revelation 20:10] Satan is JUDGED first, then shall the Lord sit upon the throne to JUDGE the men that followed him, “And whosoever was not found written in the BOOK OF LIFE was cast into the lake of fire” [Revelation 20:15] The JUDGMENT of the Lord is TRUE and FINAL, a fitting END to TIME and this sinful world, but for us, a NEW HEAVEN and NEW EARTH, “And I saw a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea” [Revelation 21:1]
5. Accept Jesus Christ today and book your place in NEW HEAVEN and NEW EARTH, amen