Over the last several decades dozens of movies and hundreds of books have been produced and written about the end of the world. Many doomsday scenarios exist as to how the world may cease to be: errant meteors, nuclear annihilation, pandemic mutant viruses, global warming, another ice age, a series of huge natural disasters, robots from the future, and last-but-not-least, malevolent aliens. Over the course of the centuries thousands of individuals—some of them outright crackpots, others highly esteemed—have stepped up and prophesied about the end of the world.
Because of the over-abundance of messages about the end of the world the Bible’s message about impending “final judgment of the world” is being drowned out, scoffed at, and foolishly ignored. It’s not a new problem:
“Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.” (2 Peter 3:1–6, NIV)
The Bible has a very clear message as it pertains to the end of this world: a Day of Judgment for Sin Is Coming. If you are not reconciled to God, they will be difficult days to survive.
In Isaiah 13 through 23 God’s judgment is announced upon a number of nations and cities: Tyre, Babylon, Arabia, Edom, Egypt, Cush, Damascus, Moab, the Philistines, and Syria. In Isaiah 24, the prophet concludes his oracles of judgment notices by proclaiming that not only will these nations be judged for their sins but the whole world will be judged because of her rebellion against God.
The sad news—from our perspective—is that those who will be judged will deserve what they get. It’s sad news because that will include co-workers, and neighbors, and spouses, and children and parents—anyone who does not name the Name above all names. The glorious news is that all those in Christ will have nothing to fear.
In view of this evening’s topic, I need to ask you, are you right with God? Have you asked Jesus to be your Savior? Have you committed your life to Him? Have you renounced what the Bible defines as sin and purposed in your heart to live in a manner that pleases God?