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When will the End of Days actually occur? Some scholars suggest the end has already begun. If current affairs in the Middle East (or even closer to home) are any indication that humanity’s clock may be winding down, references by early church leaders shortly after the death of Christ suggest Christian eschatology might be more foreseeable than formerly anticipated.
Christianity follows the line of thought that all souls will come to be judged after the world of the mortal man has ended and that the righteous will be united with Jesus at His coming, being spared God’s angry wrath upon the world, while there will be (literally) “hell to pay” for those who have chosen wickedness as a way of life. The Born- again world calls this the “Rapture” (a somewhat adapted French/ Latin word with various references to being taken up in the clouds but lacking any relevant scriptural credibility or reference).
Now, almost 2,000 years since Jesus first began His mortal ministry, we continue to look for Him, even as we walk among the very times foreseen by Paul:
Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:1–5)
Many cultures throughout history have claimed to know when the Lord will return, despite the fact that the scriptures report even Christ not being aware of the actual date and time of His grand reunion with the world.
The question may be, then, not whether there is a plan for man or whether Christ will return and when. More poignantly, the debate as to whether the human race is prepared for the inevitable coming of “the great and dreadful day of the Lord” will continue,9 likely, right up to the point where the trumpets sound and the thunders roareth.
And while scripture does imply that the righteous will delight in the Second Coming of the Savior, while the wicked will be found cowering in the shadows, there is still much deliberation over who will be found standing in holy places during those closing moments of man, and who will stand as a witness for the judgment.10 In Malachi 3 we read: “And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.”
Regardless, however, these events pertaining to the fate of the human soul may be contested by us as individuals, but they cannot be ignored.
The following was taken from the book Prepare Ye a Highway: Signs of Seven Thunders by Drew Blanford-Williams currently on sale at cedarfort.com.