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It’s coming and I feel fine
It’s coming and I feel fine
We’ve seen this before. A mass shooting happens in the same week as an earthquake, with rumors of war in yet another part of the world. Someone picks an upcoming date for the end of the world based on a false reading of an ancient text, and a certain set of people prepare for the end of the world.
And then it doesn’t happen. No one knows the day or hour (Matthew 24:36). Jesus told us that, and we trust in his perfect plan for his second coming.
But shootings and earthquakes, wars and rumors of war continue, and the love of most continues to grow cold. Christians are not surprised. “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains” (Matthew 24:7,8).
When birth pains begin, we rush to the hospital. When there are signs of the end of the world, we are tempted to rush into emergency shelters. But Jesus encourages a different response.
“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray” (Luke 21:34-36a).
Calamities in the world make us more alert and anxious to hear the promises of God. We put our trust in a human being, Jesus, the Son of Man who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life” (Mark 10:45).
Because of Jesus, the baby who was born to Mary and laid in a manger, I am calm whenever I see the signs of the end of the world. And when it actually happens, I won’t have any doubt about what I see.
“At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:27,28).
The end of the world is coming soon. And I feel fine.
By Rev. Paul Prange
Do you have more questions about what the End Times means? Check out the Q&A section on the topic.
Interested in learning more about what Lutherans believe about the end times and Judgement Day? Check out the book End Times: Jesus is Coming Soon by Thomas P. Nass from Northwestern Publishing House.