The countdown of dramatic events leading up to the end of the world should be a major focus for us who are living in the last day of earth’s history. You may be request yourself why you should be among those who will have to face the harsh end-time realities that will come upon the world in the not-too-distant future. What you need to understand is that whether you lived in a old era or in the present one, the level of establishment would be the same. whether you existed in Noah’s time, the time of Christ, or living in this present dispensation the fact remains that you need to repent of your sins in order to be saved.
I read an article sometime ago that speaks of the need to prepare for the end of the world. For certain reasons I idea that it was going to be about a prophetic countdown along the line of spiritual preparedness. But instead of talking about the need to make your calling and determination sure, I saw a lot of emphasis being settled on the need to see to it that you store sufficient food and make sure you have sufficient water. It is as a matter of fact speaking of temporal matters as if we’re supposed to be establishment for something like a hurricane. But why should we mind the temporal at the charge of the eternal?
When you come to understand what you are going to deal with while this duration called the Day of the Lord, you are going to realize that it will be an touch that you cannot mitigate by storing sufficient food, having plenty of money, or any other temporal establishment that you can make. If the prophecy is to be fulfilled the way it is anticipated in the scriptures, only one thing will be able to save you from the worst of what is to come upon the world – your connection with God.
The gripping countdown of events leading up to the end of the world from the writings of Joel, Amos, and Zephaniah is quite explicit. In their dissimilar accounts of this particular duration of earth’s history, I find three cardinal points to be of particular interest.
1. The Day of the Lord will be accompanied by famous signs.
2. It will be a day when transgressors will have lost the hope of salvation forever
3. The Day of the Lord will be preceded by the final declaration of the gospel under a special outpouring of the Spirit of God.
The signs of the great and terrible Day of the Lord
When I think about the signs of the end-time, Jesus’ countdown of end-of-the-world events in Matthew 24 immediately comes to mind. But those signs are also indicators that the Day of the Lord is here. These are the very signs, anticipated in Joel 2 and Revelation 6, that are to signal the starting of sorrows for the inhabitants of planet earth.
When we see these signs fulfilling it must not only be an indication that our “redemption draweth nigh” but also a prelude to disastrous events which are to follow and continue until they reach their apex at the Second Advent. While these noteworthy signs will signal great days ahead for the saints of God, sinners will be saturated in fear and despair.
According to Christ, men’s heart will fail them for fear when they note those things that are coming upon the earth (Lk 21:26). They will also run to the rocks of the mountains and, in their despair, beg the mountains to fall on them and hide them from the face of the Lord (Rev. 6:14-17). The manner in which sinners will talk to these disasters is a clear expression of a guilty conscience. The only way to profess your sanity and ensure your eternal safety while the duration of this great tribulation is to settle your catalogue with the One who alone has the power over these events.
The day of salvation ends where the Day of the Lord begins
From the countdown of end-of-the-world events in the writings of the Minor Prophets, there is no good news for us concerning what is to take place. The level of hopelessness about the Day of the Lord is fully pronounced. It is called a day of darkness and gloominess, and a day that no one should desire (Joel 2:2; Amos 5:18). In someone else place it is graphically described as a day of trouble, wrath, distress, wasteness, and desolation (Zeph. 1:15).
These are as a matter of fact descriptions that does not offer any hope for transgressors. It will as a matter of fact be “… A time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation…” (Dan. 12:1), and no amount of money and food provide will be able to offer any comfort. while this duration of distress, many are going to realize, only when it is too late, that their only security in the time of storm was already spurned and forever lost! It is then that the world will touch “… A famine in the land, not a famine for bread, nor a thirst for water; but of hearing the words of the Lord.” Amos 8:11
Some are of the view that salvation ends at the Second coming of Christ, but this is not the general teaching from the biblical countdown of events leading up to the end of the world. Like the days of Noah, when salvation ends seven days before the rain came (Gen. 7:4), human probation will come to an end a short duration before the Lord appears. Therefore, when the Lord comes it will have already been determined where each man stands (Rev. 22:11, 12).
God’s last-ditch exertion to rescue sinners
God has not left us without a warning about major disasters that is to come upon the world. They are replete throughout the scriptures. But the purpose of God’s message of warning is not to frighten whatever into repentance. The Lord plainly wants us come to grips with the reality of what we will be faced with and its implication on our eternal destiny. And the sooner we understand this, the great ready we will be for what I believe will be the many urgency that the world will ever encounter.
The biblical warning concerning end-time events is like a weather bulletin telling us about an impending category 5 hurricane that is to wreak havoc and leave death and destruction in its trail. As frightening as this news may sound, the weather reporter is plainly sharing this information in the interest of getting the public to take the important precautions and to ensure sufficient preparedness. That is quite similar to what the end-time message is intended to achieve.
In the countdown of events leading up to the end of all things, the prophet Joel prophesied of the final outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon God’s children just prior to “the great and terrible day of the Lord”. It is within this context that sinners will find deliverance “in the remnant whom the Lord shall call” (See Joel 2:28-32). Under the power of the latter-rain showers of the Spirit of God, the gospel of the kingdom will be trumpeted over the globe for every man to hear. As it was in the days of Noah, the Lord will make every exertion to call all sinners to repentance before He smites the earth with a curse (Mal. 4:5, 6).