The world is approaching the final judgment
Almost all news media talk about a basic truth: The world today is in chaos, and no one has a permanent solution. Wherever you look today, there are clouds of anger and despair. There is violence, abuse, and distress around us. There is crime and concern in cities. The whole world cries out for a reason of hope, but all we hear are false promises and reassurances from people who do not know anything. Psychologists, educators, social scientists, doctors, and the experts of TV channels offer pure speculations, but even the best ideas fail when someone examine them carefully. Until now, our society has not offered any positive answers, and despite of all this we still continue to hope.
In fact, there is a good reason to hope. There is still time. With the failure of society comes the opportunity to repent and to seek renewal. If we acknowledge his failure to live without God and turn from our foolishness and disobedience, we may succeed to receive the mercy and forgiveness of God.
The current newspaper titles are the warning of God to a sinful world. The news on the television is just a shadow of the hand of God, which is working with the desire of the redemption of the world. The news on the radio is a reminder that despite our determination to destroy the earth and God’s plan for salvation, that has not abandoned us. Until the final judgment, where each of us will go to his eternal home, there is an opportunity to make a fresh start. Jesus said: “You must be born again” (see John 3:7). This is the last hope for the world. Essentially, it is our only hope.
In the danger of eternal death, we do not have to stop recognizing the warning for future crisis in the book of Revelation. We can still escape from the storms of life, and to humble ourselves before the Almighty God while there is still time. Jesus warned us about this reality, saying: “And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell”(Matthew 10:28). If we really fear the Judge of all mankind, then we must turn away our sins and renew ourselves through faith in Jesus.
This is the reality: Death is global and affects every generation. The generation in which we live now, will die soon, and another generation will follow. For many unbelievers, life is meaningless and without any hope. They do not know how they came to this earth, why they are here, or where they go. They stumble in the cosmic darkness. Those who have put their trust and faith in Jesus Christ know where they came from, the purpose of their existence, and the glorious future to which they are moving on. This is something that makes life worth living it. It gives us hope for the future.
I remember the statement which Paul made as a great solace to all who believe in Jesus Christ. He said: “… but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy, 1:10). This is a great consolation to us who believe in Jesus. But it is one of the most frightening verses in the Bible for an infidel, because it means that if you have never repent for your sins and accepted Christ into your life through faith, then you are doomed.
I thank God that the power of the great enemy of mankind – death – has broken. The last enemy to be destroyed or abolished is death (see 1 Corinthians, 15:26). This is what Jesus Christ achieved on the cross. God raised Him from the dead. Paul said: “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians, 15:55). With the death and resurrection of Christ, we can read with joy and confidence: “… I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades” (Revelation 1:18).
But for the infidel, death is something final. The unbeliever immediately waits for the Final Judgment. No one can read the Bible, and not notice the references for hell. There is no doubt about the existence of hell in the words of Jesus Christ. Every time he spoke about the sky, most of the times he spoke about hell as well. To be in hell means to be cut off from God’s presence forever.
Jesus used the following three words to describe hell. First, “fire”. “God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). Jesus used this symbol repeatedly. I believe it means that is a thirst for God which never ends. The second word is “darkness”. The Bible says that God is light (see 1 John 1:5). Hell will be something different for those who do not have Jesus Christ in their lives, because “… will be thrown outside, into the darkness” (Matthew 8:12). Those who have renounced Christ will be separated from this light and they will eternally live in darkness. The third word is “death”. God is life. Therefore hell is a separation from the life of God. God is not pleased when people go to hell. He never wanted any of us to go to hell. He created hell for the devil and his angels.
But if we keep living according to devil, then we will end up there. The Bible says that God’s desire is for all to be saved. The death of Jesus was a crisis. God has laid on Him the iniquity of us all (see Isaiah 53:6). This raised our discretion. We cannot save ourselves by our good works. Only Jesus Christ can save us, because on the cross he took our place and was punished for our sins. All you have to do is to trust Him.
But we all have a responsibility to accept this gift of salvation that He offers us. We are not automatically saved because Jesus died for us. You have to take a personal decision for Jesus, even if you refuse to do this, you still take a decision – the decision to reject Him and to turn your back on His salvation.
For a true believer in Jesus Christ, someone who repented for his sins and born from above, this crisis has no effect on him. There will be no hell. There will be no eternal death. Jesus Christ died for our sins, and with His death devastated eternal death. In Christ, we do not see death as the king of terror. Paul wrote: “… I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far…” (Philippians 1:23). Why; Because he suffered so much? No. He was ready because several years ago he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. In the letter of 1 John 3:14, we read that “we have passed from death to life”. You can have eternal life now. Physical death is just a transition from life on earth with Christ, to eternal life in heaven with Christ.
An unbeliever has no hope in this life. But a Christian is full of hope in this life. I do not want to die, but I wait for death itself. It will be a glorious release. It will be the fulfillment of everything I had hoped. The Bible says: “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:11).
You can have peace in your heart and the certainty of salvation if you acknowledge with humble heart that you are a sinner in the eyes of God, ask for His forgiveness through the blood that Jesus shed on the cross, and trust Jesus, the Son of God as the Savior and Lord of your life. Jesus died in order to make all this things.
You do not need to do something wonderful in order to be saved. All you have to do is to accept the wonderful thing that Jesus Christ did for you. I invite you to bend your head now and ask Jesus to forgive you and to come into your heart. God promised: “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). This can be and your experience today as you turn with faith to Jesus and surrender your life to Him. Do not let another day pass before you give your life to Christ.