“The End Is Near”
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:7-8
The Apostle Peter, felt that the END of ALL things was CLOSE, in his time. I believe that WE are living in the LAST DAYS. One indication of this feeling is what the Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians 2:7; “For the secret power of LAWLESSNESS is already at work.” We can definitely see this happening in this nation. With all the attacks on our different LAW ENFORCEMENT agencies and personnel. Even some politicians are advocating acts of LAWLESSNESS. Some states have taken things that USED to be AGAINST the law and made it LAWFUL. Peter and Paul felt that the END of ALL things was NEAR in their time. I wonder how they would feel, if they were living in our time.
The Apostle Peter, gives his readers instructions on how to live in these LAST DAYS. He says to be ALERT and of a SOBER mind in order to be able to PRAY like we should. PRAYER is a LIFELINE to the FATHER. We, as TRUE BELIEVERS need to utilize this LIFELINE as often as possible. We NEED to be ALERT to what is happening, NOT ONLY in our own environment, but also ALL AROUND us. And we NEED to PRAY with a SOBER or SERIOUS, SOUND MIND. We NEED to be SELF-CONTROLLED and able to have SERIOUS, CLEAR-MINDED communication with our Heavenly Father.
Peter tells us to LOVE each other DEEPLY, indicating a LOVE that should be, if needed, SACRIFICAL in nature. It should be a LOVE that is FORGIVING, NOT CONDEMNING. This type of LOVE COVERS a MULTITUDE of sins. This type of LOVE is characteristic of God’s LOVE for mankind. It is a SACRIFICAL and a FORGIVING LOVE. He GAVE His Only Begotten Son to DIE for ALL mankind. To COVER the MULTITUDE of sins and to PROVIDE SALVATION for ALL. That they might have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him. Do YOU have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God? Are YOU READY for the RETURN of JESUS CHRIST?
If your answer is “NO” to these questions, you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE. You don’t KNOW what the future holds for you. You haven’t been given a contract, stating how long you’ll live or guaranteeing a PROSPEROUS future. You aren’t promised tomorrow. What will be your DESTINY? God has a PLAN for ALL mankind. It says if you will TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. You MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus Christ died for YOU and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and BE READY for His RETURN, because of your RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!