THIS WORLD IS TOAST
This world is toast! What a downer statement coming from a Christian, right? After all, aren’t we Christians supposed to be all shallow, feel-good, Jesus is our warm and fuzzy teddy-bear-friend? At least that is what the world tells us we are supposed to be like, and unfortunately, what so many believers have been taken in by, and now emulate.
An unbiased reading of the Bible will give the reader a very different depiction of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. One small example is when His disciples were not quite understanding what He was saying. His response was to ask them if they were still so stupid! Not very warm and fuzzy, not very nice. Since we are to walk as Jesus walked we must come to terms with what that means.
Jesus had nothing, He was nobody in the eyes of the world, and had nothing to offer that most people wanted. He was very compassionate when circumstances called for compassion. He was hard when having to deal with people who understood nothing else. He was generous to a fault, when it suited Him. He was patient with those who were earnest. He could do little for those who did not believe. He was exclusively focused on fulfilling the will of God the Father at the expense of everything else. He shed His blood to pay the penalty for our rebellion, while we were, in fact, still in rebellion. He told the truth, and nothing but the truth. He offered us a way out.
Jesus never told us we were going to save the world. He came into a fallen world to save that which was lost. The term fallen is past tense, it is a done deal. But to save is ongoing. He knew some of us wanted to escape wickedness and the sentence the world is under. When He comes again, very soon now, he will rescue those who have stood firm from the sentence of wrath the world has chosen over eternal life.
When the prophets came so long ago, they didn’t come bringing good news. It was their lot to deliver warnings of impending doom. A doom that could be so easily avoided. A doom that God, immensely patient, has given us time, messengers and the Messiah to avoid. He doesn’t want this end for anyone, but it is our choice to make.
The warnings ultimately all pointed to one conclusion: the world is toast, turn to God and He will spare you from the destruction of what is abominable so that you may inherit its replacement, a kingdom that is eternally good.
This world has an appointed time of destruction, and it has already begun. Man, in his “infinite wisdom”, is destroying both himself and the earth. God is allowing man to do so as part of His wrath on the wicked. Man is actually punishing himself and creation. God actually will stop the complete destruction for the sake of true believers. The Bible tells us that if He doesn’t stop it then EVERYONE will die. Mankind is a very thorough destroyer!
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
From Outside Babylon