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The Doomsday Clock

Watching for Jesus End Times Prophecy

Source: The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

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Contributed By: Matthew Kruse | Date Posted: 2019-02-01

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:11

Author: Matthew Kruse
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ILLUSTRATION

There are some things in life that you didn't know you needed to be concerned about. For instance, as I did some online research for the sermon this Sunday, I found out that there is an official "Doomsday Clock" which is set by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Who knew? In January of 2018, they moved the clock from 2 1/2 minutes to midnight to just 2 minutes away from midnight. Midnight symbolically stands for the end of the world . . . of course.

The furthest it has ever been away from midnight is 17 minutes, after the Cold War ended. And the closest it has ever been . . . are you ready for this . . . is right now - 2 minutes to Midnight.  What this means is that they think we as humans are closer to destroying ourselves in some apocalyptic event brought on by nuclear war and global climate change than we have ever been before. Well, technically, they thought we were this close back in 1953, as well, when both Russia and the U.S. were racing for nuclear weapon advancement. 

APPLICATION

By the way, it is not just scientists who think the world is going to come to a catastrophic end. God tells us, through Peter's pen that "the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

"Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!" (2 Peter 3:10-12, ESV).

But there is a major difference between the outlook of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and the Bible. Though the world will indeed come to a catastrophic end in both views, the facts of future judgment are coupled with hope in the Scriptures.  This is seen in Peter's conclusion, where we read, "But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells" (2 Peter 3:13, ESV). 

Every day we draw closer, not to the end of the world but to a glorious new beginning!

They Call It Sologamy

Marriage End Times Self-absorbed

Source: BBC World News 27 September 2017

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Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2017-12-03

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:2

Author: Rod Crowell
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ILLUSTRATION

The BBC reports: 

An Italian woman has married herself in a ceremony complete with white dress, three-layer wedding cake, bridesmaids and 70 guests. 'I firmly believe that each of us must first of all love ourselves,' said Laura Mesi, a 40-year-old fitness trainer. 'You can have a fairytale even without the prince.' 

While the ceremony carries no legal weight, it's part of a growing trend for self-marriage, dubbed 'sologamy,' in countries around the world.  Its advocates say it is about self-love and acceptance.  Japan began offering such bridal ceremonies back in 2014, and in both the U.S. and Canada, self-wedding kits are offered with names like 'I Married Me.'

 

APPLICATION

Genesis reminds us that, "It is not good for the man [or woman!] to be alone; I will make a suitable helper...." (Genesis 2:18).  While Scripture holds singleness to be as honorable as marriage (1 Cor 7), God never intended the two sexes to live in "splendid isolation" from each other.  Men and women are created to help and respect, not ignore, each other.  Sologamy is a distortion of God's institution of marriage and, sadly, just another example of how, in the last days, people will become "lovers of themselves" (2 Timothy 3:2).  

The Feast of Trumpets

Prophecy Second Coming End Times

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-19

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:8 ; 1 Corinthians 15:52

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

God gave Israel three vital revelations. The Law, to reveal our rebellious hearts, the Temple to picture the sacrifice that would be paid for our transgressions, and a set of Feast days to point to the fulfillment of God’s redemptive promises.

When Jesus came to die for the sins of the world, He was crucified on the very day the first of the seven feasts, Passover, appeared on the Hebrew calendar. As the Jews celebrated how God’s judgment passed over the Israelites due to the blood of the Passover lamb, Jesus was shedding his blood for us! On that very day! Remember, the Last Supper was a meal in preparation for the Passover.

The pattern continued. His body lay in a tomb as a sinless offering as the Jews observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Leaven represents sin and the Israelites were to remove all leaven from their homes during this Feast.

Jesus then rose from the dead on the third day, the very day the Jews were celebrating the Feast of First Fruits. The New Testament tells us that, "Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have died" (1 Corinthians 15:20).

Jesus then appeared to His disciples for 40 days before His ascension. But just before His departure He instructed them to go to Jerusalem and to wait there for the promise of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. Jesus didn’t tell them how long they would have to wait, He just told them to remain there until this event occurred (Acts 1:7-8).

Imagine yourself one of those disciples. Perhaps you would have noticed that Jesus had just fulfilled Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits on the very day these Feasts appeared on the Hebrew calendar. You might have thought about the fact that the next Feast would be in 10 days, the Feast of Pentecost, which celebrates the beginnings of a new harvest season. You might have even turned to the other disciples and said, “I can’t be sure about this but based on this pattern, I think the Lord will send His Spirit and begin this new thing called the Church in 10 days, on the day of Pentecost." And, of course, you would have been right.

But there are three more Feasts that also speak of God's redemptive plan that have yet to be fulfilled. These Feasts pick up at the end of the growing season in Israel, in the Fall. The first one, and the next in line for fulfillment is the Feast of Trumpets. It is the celebration of the bringing-in of the harvest. The Apostle Paul wrote that it will be “at the last trump” that the Church would be gathered at the end of this age, a reference to the last of a series of trumpet blasts that take place during the Feast of Trumpets in Israel. So we see that the next Feast in the line of succession just happens to correlate perfectly with the next event promised to the Church in the New Testament.

APPLICATION

Let me conclude by emphasizing that the New Testament does not reveal when the Lord will return. Like Jesus' disciples who didn’t know when the Holy Spirit would descend, we don't know when Christ will return. But just as they should have had a heightened expectation as Pentecost approached, we should have a heightened sense of anticipation every year as the Feast of Trumpets approaches!

Look up, for our redemption will one day come!

"It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed" (1 Corinthians 15:52, NLT). 

Better To Avoid Alien Contact

God's Judgment End Times Prophecy

Contributed By: Lawrence Dake | Date Posted: 2015-06-08

Scripture: Isaiah 29:6

Author: Lawrence Dake / Illustration Exchange
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A Place for Your Stuff

End Times Worldview Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-21

Scripture: Revelation 14:15 ; Matthew 13:39

Author: George Carlin / Illustration Exchange
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Anticipating the End of the World

Doomsday End Times Second Coming

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-20

Author: Tom Krattenmaker
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Ukranian Jews Ordered to Register With the New Regime

Israel Intimidation End Times

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-19

Scripture: Matthew 24:

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Atheist Churches

End Times Apostasy Atheism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-11-20

Scripture: Matthew 13:30

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Gunmen Open Fire on Mother's Day Parade

Violence End Times Immorality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-05-13

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:1

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On Brink of Disaster, North Koreans Party in the Streets

End Times Deceived/Deception Worldview

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-16

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