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Why there's nothing to fear



January 13, 2010 – Comments (7)

...if you're trusting in God's promises. To those of you who do not know God's promises, this will seem nonsensical or dangerous.

First, this seems timely because the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving their doomsday clock, and we do not yet know (as of this writing) whether they will be moving it forward or backward. (For some background: they have a doomsday clock that "counts down" until we are wiped out in a nuclear arms holocaust, but instead of using actual time, they just move it backwards and forwards to show how alarmed they are at the state of the world.)

Not only that, but some think that we are on the cusp of global catastrophe from carbon emissions that will throw the earth's equilibrium and seasons out of whack. Sometimes it seems that there is danger everywhere, and at any moment 3/4 of the world's population is going to be wiped out by the irresponsibility or evil of man. My point is that as followers of Christ, there are some things we certainly do not have to worry about. Here are some of the promises of God.

1. "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." -Genesis 8:22

This precludes nuclear winter and endless carbon-based summer or any other catastrophic global climate change.

2. "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up." -2 Peter 3:10

This tells us that yes, the world is going to be burned up with fire, and yes, there is an expiration date on promise #1 (while the earth remains). But it is only at the end of the world that these things will happen. "The elements will be destroyed with intense heat." I used to think that God might use our nuclear arsenal to destroy the world, but this destruction is more thorough and absolute than anything we can accomplish or even imagine. There will be none who survive it except those that are in the Lord. Do not doubt that those who trust in the Lord will be resurrected, or spared death altogether, as we are told in this promise:

3. "For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.Therefore comfort one another with these words." -1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

7 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 13, 2010 at 4:12 PM, RonChapmanJr (30.15) wrote:

Jeremiah 29:11

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#2) On January 13, 2010 at 6:32 PM, ResearchLover (70.73) wrote:

...and Isaiah 60 has yet to happen entirely.  There's some good yet to happen for some people out there.  Chin up!

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#3) On January 13, 2010 at 6:56 PM, leohaas (30.08) wrote:

Isn't there an entire Book dedicated to the end of the world in the Bible? And haven't Christians of all times believed that the events predicted in the Book are about to happen or already happening?

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#4) On January 14, 2010 at 9:39 AM, lemoneater (57.10) wrote:

leohaas, yes, there is the book of Revelation. However it is best understood in the light of the whole Bible. Ezekiel, Daniel and Joel were Old Testament prophets with a lot to say about the end. Even the Psalm 2 is about Christ's judgement of earthly rulers when he comes back.

I believe that Christ could return at any time. This doctrine is known as the "Imminent Return of Christ." Many early Christians also held this belief. Where Christians have gotten into trouble is when they assign an exact date. The Bible itself has a disclaimer as anyone knowing exactly when the end will be. Matthew 24:36 states that nobody knows when Christ will come except God the Father. Please read the whole chapter for context.

The Apostle Paul mentions that since Christ has not come yet some wonder if he ever will.  See 2 Peter 3:4.

I would be more inclined to think that the Messiah will come when business is going on as usual just as it was at the Flood. See Jude. Somehow I have never considered a stock market collapse as necessary to happen before the end. What I consider more important to watch is what happens to Israel. Why a tiny country should be so important in world events is a mystery in itself. 

Thanks to FleaBagger for the reminder to keep trusting God's promises.

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#5) On January 14, 2010 at 3:54 PM, FleaBagger (27.52) wrote:

I'm going to fight the urge to engage in eschatological opinionating, but suffice to say that...

Jeremiah 29:11 is a personal favorite of mine.

Isaiah 60 was originally preached to the people of Judah more than 2,600 years ago, for their benefit as well as ours.

Revelation tells a summary of all of the most important spiritual events of all time, as well as the end of time itself.

And the important thing about Christ's imminent return is to be ready for it (and tell others to get ready), not predicting its exact timing.

With that, I urge you to examine your souls, and if you are not ready for Christ's return, get ready. Stock markets, governments, universal healthcare, and even climate change can wait, but today is the day of salvation.

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#6) On January 14, 2010 at 4:02 PM, starbucks4ever (79.83) wrote:

Suppose god changes his mind, what then?

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#7) On January 18, 2010 at 3:53 AM, FleaBagger (27.52) wrote:

@zloj: good question.

"Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, 'I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,' so that we confidently say, 'THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?' Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:5-8, NASB)

It bears repeating: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."

And in James: "Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow." (James 1:17, NASB)

His only begotten Son is the same yesterday, today, and forever. There is no variation or shifting of shadow with Him, that is, He isn't flighty or flaky like human leaders. He delivers on His promises. God does not change His mind about His promises.

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