“Dear God: Is the end near?”

“Dear God: Is the end near?”

If you missed our Sunday services at River Oaks, I just need to tell you that you missed an incredibly moving Sunday—both through music and message. The River Oaks’ Worship Team first led us into an awesome time of worship with a blue-grass flavor. Due to copyright restrictions, we unfortunately are unable to make this recording available to you. However, what we can offer to you is the recording of Pastor Tim’s message that concluded the “Dear God…” series. The final question that Pastor Tim addressed in this series was: “Dear God, is the end near?” To download this message in its entirety, please check out Pastor Tim’s blog at timrowland.com beginning Wednesday of this week.

Reference Matthew 24:30-36

How close are we to the final chapter of human history? We may be within a few years, a few months, weeks, days or minutes. The unfolding of the events of the end of the world could begin at any time!

The sequence of events that the Bible reveals will happen during the ‘end times’.

1. The Rapture of the Church: The event where Jesus returns to the earth’s atmosphere and calls his followers up to heaven…there will be a generation of Christians who will not die before going to heaven, they will rise to meet the Lord in the air and go with him to heaven…1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

2. The Seven-Year Tribulation

The seven-year time when the unrepentant inhabitants of the earth are judged. (Rev. 5-17) It begins with the four horsemen of the Apocalypse as recorded in Revelation 6…The arrival of the Anti-Christ, war, famine, and death…1/4th of the population is killed with these judgments.

Seven years later the Tribulation Period ends with…

3. the 2nd Coming of Christ and the Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 19)

With Jesus back on the earth, he stays and visibly reigns on the earth for 1,000 years, during which time Satan is confined…

4. The Millennium and Satan’s confinement: the 1,000 year reign on the earth when the effects of the fall are mostly lifted and Satan is confined and not allowed to interfere with the inhabitants of earth. (Rev. 20:1-6, Is. 11:6-9))

At the conclusion of the 1,000 years…

5. Satan’s release and final judgment. (Rev. 20:7-10): Even with Satan out of the picture, people will still not choose Jesus and follow Satan!

6. The Great White Thrown Judgment: The time when all unrepentant people will face God. The most tragic moment in human history, besides the fall of Genesis 3. (Rev. 20:11-15)

What immediately follows is…

7. The New Heaven and New Earth. (Rev. 21:1-5)

Pastor Tim left us with the following question: “How is the reality of the end times impacting you today?”

  • It should be prompting us to action. (2 Pet. 3:3-14 “…But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.”
  • The end times should motivate people to choose Jesus. He is patiently awaiting the decision for those who haven’t yet made a decision to know, love and follow Him as Jesus said in John 3:16.
  • And for those of us who have committed their lives to Christ; the awareness that one day Jesus will return ought to prompt us to live holy and productive lives for him, because one day we will give an account of the resources, gifts, abilities and knowledge he gave us! (2 Cor. 5:10)

Other considerations this week…

If you were at the service this past Sunday and would like to share any thoughts, perceptions, or experiences with any of the staff, please feel free to send me an email and I’ll be happy to pass it on to the appropriate staff person.

Please join me in praying for the 220+ “little people” who will be on our campus this week as we host Spring Hill Camp! Pray not only for safety and fun, but more importantly that lives can be changed for Christ! What a privilege we have to have these children on our campus… let’s not take the privilege lightly and pray accordingly.

Celebrating our hope of eternity in heaven!

Scott Tilley, stilley@riveroaks.org

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