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24 July 2010

A Major Crisis Is on the Horizon

The Current Crisis

The current crisis regarding the economy and the condition of the economic circumstance with the auto industry will come and go as time passes. There will be other crises in the lifetime of nearly each generation, but these abnormal conditions do not affect man's eternal destiny; only the temporary condition that we may refer to as earthly existence (i.e. residence on earth until physical death).

The True Crisis

The greatest crisis with the 6.5 billion people on planet earth is the fact that the universe will end sometime in the future as God who created it says in 2 Peter 3:10-14:

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness, looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, by reason of which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for these things, give diligence that ye may be found in peace, without spot and blameless in his sight.
This Event Will Be a Shock to Many People

Even though most anyone on earth may gain access to a Bible which reveals this information about the end time, most people do not have an interest in the afterlife. Most people are only interested in immediate gratification of their wants and desires. This haphazard outlook on living until death will be a poor substitute for the need to prepare for the consequences that come at the end of the universe. As it is written:
For the time is come for judgment to begin at the house of God: and if it begin first at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous is scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear? (1 Peter 4:17-18).

The true Christian must also be aware of the frailty of life, the coming destruction of the universe and the judgment of all mankind by the Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Matthew 25, Acts 17:30-31, 2 Peter 2:20-22).

Will You Wake Up and Consider Preparing Now?
And this, knowing the season, that already it is time for you to awake out of sleep: for now is salvation nearer to us than when we first believed. The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light (Romans 13:11-12).
Awake to soberness righteously, and sin not; for some have no knowledge of God: I speak this to move you to shame (1 Corinthians 15:34).
Wherefore he saith, "Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee."
Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:14-16).

Now, that we have reminded you of this great calamity-- the end of time and the destruction of the universe-- that will affect you and your eternal soul, have you considered that only you can make adequate preparations for that great day? If it were possible, we would intercede on your behalf. Unfortunately, we cannot do so; only you can make your eternal hope secure by your own volunteered action.
For unto this end was the gospel preached even to the dead, that they might be judged indeed according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit (1 Peter 4:6).
If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most pitiable. But now hath Christ been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of them that are asleep. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; then they that are Christ's, at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be abolished is death. For, He put all things in subjection under his feet. But when he saith, All things are put in subjection, it is evident that he is excepted who did subject all things unto him. And when all things have been subjected unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subjected to him that did subject all things unto him, that God may be all in all (1 Corinthians 15:19-28).
Garreth Clair
January 2009

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