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(Official communication to the public)

11/15/17

In the church year we are in what is called the end times. Many today speak as though we are just entering the end times or last days.  Not so! The world has been in the last days since Jesus’ incarnation or some would say his ascension. The point is we’ve been living in the last days for two thousand years.

What does this mean? What Daniel, Thessalonians, Matthew, and Revelation talk about has been building throughout this time period.  So wars and rumors of war, pestilence and economic hardship is part of the last two thousand years and will intensify as time progresses, and thus draw close to the return of Jesus Christ, not to rule the world or to give people a second chance but to bring judgment and create a new heaven and earth.

Peter warns us that in the end times people will grow more cynical, sarcastic mocking the very idea of God’s return. They point out that life goes on and on without any major interruptions since its beginning. However, people deliberately forget, that is deny the great flood of Noah’s day and that it was a divine judgment, a major interruption in the so called day-to-day routine of life. there is evidence world-wide that a catastrophe took place some 4500 years ago that laid down fossils all over the world and rock layers showing a watery deluge and major upheavals.

God promised he would never destroy the earth again with water but he will bring complete and final judgment to earth with fire.  (1 Peter 3:3-7).

When this happens and it’s certainty is like that of Jesus first coming on the first Christmas, it means Christians everywhere will be raised to new life escaping judgment and penalty for every sin. It will be a time when we will see Jesus Christ face-to-face, just as he is in all his glory and power.  Sin, death and Satan will be swallowed up and thrown into the lake of fire with Satan and all demons. (Rev. 20:14b-15)

As a follower of Jesus Christ the second death will not touch us nor will our eternal destination be hanging in the balance. It is settled in this life where we live his kingdom or not.

Will you escape the final judgment and stand in the assembly of the righteous? John who wrote the book of Revelation said about Jesus: John 20:30-31 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Pr. Bob

By The Way:

Council/deacon meetings Thursday 16th

Sunday 19, 9:00 AM Morning Worship, PKLC

            Sermon: DISCIPLINES OF A GODLY MAN - DEVOTION

                            10:15 Sunday school for all.

11:00 AM worship at Calvary Lutheran, Crystal Lake.

 

 

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