Living in the Apocalypse

Here is a great revelation we must always keep in mind. While here on the earth, Jesus was an apocalyptic preacher. He started His ministry calling on everyone to repent, then He started fulfilling all the law and the prophets. He was a miracle worker, revealing the time for God's kingdom had come.

He preached on the dangers of living unrighteously, noting the consequences, and shared exceptional stories of people who were ready for the end of the age. He described the coming judgement with stark warnings and examples. He prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and the state of life in the end times.

After Jesus suffered, died, and rose again, He commanded His disciples to be His witnesses, to tell all of the Christ and how He fulfilled all righteousness. He promised He would be with them until the very end of the age and at the end of the book of Revelation, a book about the apocalypse, He said, "Surely I come quickly!"

Many of our questions about how to live in this world are left unanswered in the New Testament. We want to be firmly planted somewhere and see a long future ahead of us. In contrast to this, the scriptures tell us we are living in the last days, the end is near, and Jesus is coming back quickly.

We know this is not our home and all things will be made new, but we still grab hold of this life with clenched fists. We cannot fathom Jesus' words that to gain your life is to lose it and to lose your life is to find it.

If you had this perspective in mind as you lived your life, how would you answer questions about family, marriage, calling, vocation, ministry, sexuality, ethics, morality, and death?

Maybe the reasons our biggest questions are left unanswered is we are asking futile questions. Would I tarry in sin if the end were tomorrow? Would I buy a house if an earthquake was to strike tomorrow? Would I plan an elaborate marriage if tomorrow there would be no marrying or giving away in marriage? Would I complain about my salary if money were to be abolished tomorrow? Would I give my body over to inward lusts if the judgment day were tomorrow? Would I continue in wickedness if today was my last chance to repent? And finally, would I preach the gospel with everyone I could if it was their last chance to repent?

Jesus gave an invitation. He said that whosoever would leave houses, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, wives, children, or lands for His sake and for the sake of the Gospel would receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and lands, with persecutions, and in the world to come, eternal life.

Let's answer all our questions with the resurrection. All things are new for those in Christ Jesus. And on the great and terrible day of the Lord, all things in this present place will be made new.

This is our hope. Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope,  but hope that is seen is not hope. 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then we do with patience wait for it.

This is our faith. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

This is our love. 1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:33 And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.

Romans 13:8 Owe no man anything, but to love one another: For he that loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For this, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, though shalt not bear false witness, though shalt not covet, and if there by any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, thou shalt love thy neighbor as yourself. 10 Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

1 John 4:8 He that loves not knows not God, for God is love.

So how do we follow an apocalyptic preacher, Son of man, Son of God, Savior, Redeemer, Overcomer, Judge of the living and the dead, Lamb of God who was and is and is to come, Jesus the Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever? How do we follow that one, in light of the coming apocalypse?

We love. We tell the truth in love. We call others to repentance in love and with love. We honor our bodies for love. We go, into all the nations, bringing the love of the Gospel of peace in our hearts. We beseech the Lord to come quickly for He is love, and this world is desperate for Him.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus, come quickly!

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