The news is so gloomy these days, and the future looks so dark, that it is easy to be tempted to give up all hope, especially if you feel all alone and the people around you that you thought you knew, now are against you because you refuse to back down from the truth that at least to you, seems so obvious.
So I want to pause for a minute, and just write a message of hope to all of you who feel so alone, and just encourage you that you are NOT alone, and that if you stand firm, brighter days are just ahead.
The end is near.
Of course for that statement to have any meaning, we first have to define “the end.”
The ultimate end of the ages, or the end of this world as we know it, is perhaps best defined in the last chapter of Paul’s letter to the believers living in the city of Corinth back in the First Century, and preserved for us in the Ancient Scriptures.
The context for this chapter is one where Paul is dealing with a common belief during his time that there was no resurrection from the dead.
So the entire chapter is a defense of the doctrine of the resurrection from the dead, beginning with Jesus’s historical resurrection that had happened a few years prior to this letter being written.
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead.
But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:12-22)
So it is within this context of the resurrection from the dead that Paul then defines what “the end” means.
But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.
When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:23-28 – emphasis mine.)
While there is a tremendous amount of truth and meaning in these verses, note the text that I highlighted that states the end will come when Jesus Christ “has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.”
These terms are not only referring to physical rulers and governments of countries, but also to the spiritual powers in the world that oppose Christ, Satan and his underlings. The terms are also used in Ephesians chapter 6, for example.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
So this has not happened yet, but by observing what has been happening in the world these past two years since COVID-19 was unleashed, and the rollout of the demonic injections they call “vaccines” that are maiming and killing millions, it would appear that this spiritual group of demons surrounding Satan appear to understand their time is short, and that this event foretold in the Scriptures is about to happen soon.
Now, to take the opposing view, which is to observe that when this was written in the First Century the believers also believed that this time was very near, and here we are more than 2000 years later, and it still hasn’t happened, is to say that every generation has faced evil like this, and that the events we have been observing for the past two years do not necessarily mean that the end is near.
I get that. And there is some logic to that.
One way to look at history is to observe that there have been times where an “end” of an era has occurred, although it was not the “final ending” as defined by Paul in these verses.
For the First Century believers, many of whom were ethnic Jews, the end of their era, and the end of the Mosaic Covenant, did happen.
The center of their religion, the city of Jerusalem and the Temple, were destroyed in 70 AD.
There are two other periods of history recorded in the Bible where an “end” came, but it was not the “final ending.”
One is the worldwide flood that greatly reduced the world’s population where only one family survived, the family of Noah.
The second one is the Tower of Babel story, the last time the world had a single world government. That era was also put to an end by God:
But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building.
The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.
That is why it was called Babel–because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth. (Genesis 11:5-9)
I think we can safely say, therefore, that “the end is near.” Either the entire end of the ages where Christ defeats Satan and his entire demonic army that currently rules the world, or some major defeat for Satan where there is a “Great Reset” with a massive reduction of the world’s population.
Now I know every time I write an article like this that discusses the “end times,” that there are very many people quite certain and dogmatic about their beliefs on just how the end times will unfold, and they will email me or try to comment giving their views as if their view is the only right one.
But I do not claim to know exactly how the end times will unfold, and according to the words of Jesus himself as recorded in the Bible, I am in good company.
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.
That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24:36-39)
This is why believers are taught in the Scriptures to live a “prepared” lifestyle, expecting the end could come at any time.
Because if we could know the exact dates and times, most of us would live our lives very differently, putting many things off until the last minute.
In the meantime, in our preparedness, we are to stand firm against the forces of evil, and tell other people the good news that the end will come when Jesus restores everything, defeating Satan and handing the Kingdom over to the Father.
In this chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul defines this “good news” referred to as “the gospel.”
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.
By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
These truths, which include the “gospel” message but also all the truths about the Kingdom of God, including the fact that Christ will return to earth and destroy Satan and his army, is to guide our entire life.
And living by these truths makes us enemies of the world system currently ruled by Satan, which means any beliefs we have that make us think we deserve an easy and carefree life, is a lie from Satan himself.
The true believer who lives by these truths is ALWAYS a persecuted believer who has to endure great hardship. It has always been that way, and it always will be, until the final end where Christ returns.
And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? I die every day–I mean that, brothers–just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained?
If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God–I say this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:30-34)
So we need to press on against the massive delusion that we are currently seeing among the masses, because the final outcome will be our victory!
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)
There are more things I would like to write, but I really feel the Holy Spirit wants me to keep this article positive, as a message of hope, because this whole demonic attack on the human race has been going on for two years now, and I know a lot of you are tired, as am I.
Just remember, the invitation from Jesus Christ to come into his spiritual kingdom is available to EVERYONE, regardless of race, religion or anything bad you may have previously done in your life and feel guilty about.
And that includes those of you who were foolish enough to get a COVID-19 shot. I am appalled at some of these voices in the Alternative Media that are telling people like you that you are lost without hope now because you took the shot, and that you cannot be saved or healed now.
That is not true! There is NOTHING that can separate you from God’s love, if you choose to receive it, and his love brings great healing for anyone, regardless of what you have done in your past.
Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:34-39)
Jesus Christ has the power to recreate your life spiritually, and make you a new person!
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)
Nothing is impossible for God who loves to shower his children with good gifts.
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
Live in the “impossible” and embrace it! Expect God to do great things in the days ahead, and he will.
by Brian Shilhavy Via https://created4health.org/the-end-is-near-stand-firm/