This is a Bible study on the End of the World. Click here for a printable Bible Study Guide.
The end of the world - the time is at hand.
The word of God tells us that the earth, the world as we know it, will "pass away", will end (Mark 13:32; Luke 21:33).
The end of the world will be when the firmament heavens and earth are destroyed by God.
The end of the world is NOT the end of existence of mankind, but the very beginning of eternity.
Every human being that has ever been created by God will exist in eternity. Death is not the end of existing, it is the beginning of eternity.
Human death on in this universe, only extinguishes the mortal body. The spirit, the soul, the mind, of every person exists eternally, beyond this earthly life.
God explains in His Holy Word, that death is not the end of any person's existence.
This discussion is about the actual end of the world, when this world, this earth no longer exists.
When shall these things be? What shall be the sign of thy coming, and the end of the world?
In Matthew 24, we find that these same questions were asked of Jesus.
There are many details to take note of in this one verse:
Take heed that no man deceive you
Next, look at Jesus' response, Jesus answered and said to them" - He is speaking to believers, His disciples. We are all Christ's disciples, by faith in Him to salvation (Galatians 3:26; Matthew 12:47-50; 1 Thessalonians 5:9).
Jesus answers His disciples first with a warning - "Take heed that no man deceive you". - "Don't be deceived", "Look out", "Beware", "Be on guard that no one deceives you". Why? Because Jesus knows what the future holds, Jesus knows that many of His own disciples will be deceived.
Too many Christians falsely believe today, that they are exempt from being deceived by anyone, especially the devil.
Who is Jesus speaking to in this verse? That's right, His disciples, devoted men of God, true followers of Christ Himself.
This warning from Jesus is for all believers in Christ, "take heed that no one deceives you". No one means just that, no one - not your family, not your church, not your pastor, not your friends, not teachers, not leaders, not media, not books, not speeches, not anyone or anything, and especially not the devil.
Remember, the devil is pursuing believers in Christ, not unbelievers - he already has them deceived. The devil is seeking true believers of Christ Jesus, he is pursuing the children of God, not his own children of disobedience. The devil could care less about his followers, his minion, his own. The devil wants Christ's followers, the devil is out to devour, deceive and destroy the children of God.
How will the devil deceive so many followers of Christ? Any way he can. The devil will stop at nothing to deceive people into believing his lies and turning them away from the One True Living God. To steal and to kill is the mantra of the devil and his demons, they care for no one.
Many deceivers will claim to be Christ and deceive many
Jesus tells us that in the last days many people will say that they come in God's name, and even claim to be Christ, AND will deceive many people.
We know by reading the news, that many people have already came, claiming to be Christ.
There are people all around this world, today, claiming to be Christ, AND they deceive many.
Before the return of Christ to earth, there will be more - more deceivers, more people saying that they are "from God", claiming that they are Christ, and deceiving the lost and the saved, deceiving not only those without Christ, but many people with Christ.
Wars and rumors of wars
The question was, "What shall be the sign of thy coming, and the end of the world?". Jesus says that there will be wars and rumors of wars, this will happen, BUT the end is not yet, more is to come before the end.
Jesus continues and says, "all these things - nation warring against nation, kingdom against kingdom, famines, pestilence, earthquakes - are just the beginning of sorrows". When this happens it will be the beginning, not the end.
Serious and even fatal persecution of believers in Christ
Killing of believers and hatred of one another will be common place. There will be no loyalty even among the world, hatred will breed and infest every family, every nation, no one will escape the extreme racism based on beliefs of God.
False prophets will rise and deceive many
Remember, Jesus is speaking to His disciples. He didn't say that they be exempt from the deception, but He said many will be deceived.
You may think that there are a lot of false prophets in the world today, but before the return of Christ to earth, this number will be greatly increased.
These false prophets will deceive many into believing their words from satan.
Sin replaces love
Here, Jesus is telling us what happens when sin is increased, sin extinguishes love. The fire of sin, puts out the fire of love.
We are either on fire with lust, or on fire with the love of God. Because iniquity will abound, the love of many will wax cold.
Sin hardens the heart against God, and against love, because God is love. Sin destroys anyone's relationship with God.
Since Christ will not live with sin, you either have Christ living in your life, or sin living in your life, no one can have both.
No one can hold onto the love of God, and also hold onto sin - one or the other must go.
Have you ever met someone whose love has waxed cold? There love was hardened, waxed over. There was no fire, no spark, dead cold.
Satan is void of love, he is fueled by hatred. This is why God sees hatred as murder, hate is the total opposite of love.
Salvation during tribulation
God does not change, He is the same yesterday, today and always. The salvation of God is the same for everyone, received as a gift of God by His grace through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.
The laws of the salvation of God never changes, anyone who believes in Christ Jesus will be saved, anyone who endures to the end, the same shall be saved.
Salvation is the same for old testament saints, the same for new testament saints, the same for present day saints, and will be the same for tribulation saints, and for millennium saints, ALL that endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
We are all saved the exact same way, by grace through faith. We all become the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus to salvation, there is no other way.
The gospel of Christ will be preached in all the world
This is a sign the end is close, when the gospel of the Kingdom of Christ is preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations.
The abomination of desolation
Here, we know that Jesus is speaking to more than just His disciples, when He says - whoso readeth, let him understand.
This will be the coming of the end. Jesus warns people to run away, all who are in Judaea when the abomination of desolation occurs. The instant you know about it run, don't go back to your house for stuff, just leave every thing and get out of there. Jesus feels special compassion for all the mothers with small babies, because He knows what a hardship it will be for them to run into the mountains with their infants.
Worse time in the history of the world
Why the urgent plea to run away? Because this will be such a horrific time in history, worse than the world has ever seen since the beginning of time, or will ever see again.
There has been great horror throughout the history of this world.
Wars, destruction, bombs, disasters both natural and terrorism, but nothing in the world's history will compare to this time.
Great tribulation will attach itself to every living thing on this planet, every person will be affected, no one will escape.
Tribulation will be shortened. Unless it is stopped, the great tribulation on the earth will kill every person.
Because God's children cohabitate the earth with unbelievers, God chooses to end the tribulation, shorten those days.
Not for unbelievers, but for the elect's sake, for the believers in Christ Jesus, God chooses to end the great tribulation.
The devil, the antichrist, the false prophet, the unbelievers, no one except Christ Jesus ends the great tribulation.
Warning again of false Christs
This is the second time Jesus warns His disciples of false signs, and false Christs in the end of the world, "believe it NOT".
Double, even triple warnings from Jesus, regarding false Christ, should tell you how very deceitful they will be.
"They shall deceive the very elect". Jesus is warning His disciples, all His believers, that before His actual return from Heaven and descend to earth for the second time - that many false Christ and false prophets will be in this world, showing great signs and wonders, to the extent that, if it were possible, they will deceive the very elect, the believers in Christ.
"Behold, I have told you before". Jesus knows that He is repeating Himself, He knows that He must repeat, because this is so important for us all to understand.
The world will say, "Christ is come, he is here in the desert, he is in the secret chambers, come see him".
Jesus says, "Don't go", don't fall for their lies, "don't believe it".
Why? Because it is NOT the Christ, it is NOT Him.
How do we know this? Because Jesus says exactly how He will return and exactly with will happen at His Glorious Return!!
What about those people who have given dates, saying when the end of the world will be?
Anyone who has given any date as to when the end of the world will be or the return of Christ Jesus, God says is a false prophet and you should not listen to such people.
Do not be deceived, God tells us in His word certain events must occur before the end comes.
People who give dates are liars and deceivers, false prophets. And we know they are false prophets because it didn't happen.
What about people who claim to be Christ returned?
We know that Christ Jesus has NOT returned because God said every eye shall see Him come in the clouds.
We should all obtain the salvation of God, through faith in Christ Jesus. Believers of God, of Christ Jesus are to watch, pray and wait.
Watch and pray
In peace, without spot, and blameless
The word of God reads the earth and all things on the earth shall be burned up, dissolved, melted with fervent heat.
When we are in Heaven for eternity, will we remember the things of earth? The word of God reads that we will NOT remember our life on this earth, after this earth is destroyed, and we are with our Lord God. God says we will not remember our former life, it will not come to mind.
God says that the former earth will not be remembered or come into our minds.
We know through the word of God, that certain signs will take place before the end of the world.
The disciples asked Jesus, "What shall be the signs of thy coming and the end of the world?".
Notice that Jesus' second coming and the end of the world are separate events.
Today we are living in the end times
The word of God lists what will happen before the end of the world, what signs there will be, what will be happening in the world during the end times.
Notice how Jesus begins speaking with His disciples, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Today, as believers are the disciples of Christ, and we too must take heed that no one deceives us.
From the Scriptures above, we see that before the end of the world can happen, there must be:
The word of God reads after these things happen then shall the end come. All of these events have happened and are happening today. We are living in the end times.
Are you ready to meet Jesus?
Why didn't God tell us when He would return? Why didn't God tell us when the end of the world would be? Well, actually He did. He told us all that the time is near, the time is at hand, the Lord could return at any time.
We must have faith in God in everything, trust in God for everything, including faith in His plan, faith that He knows best, faith that His time is the perfect time.
As believers we are not to worry about the end of the world. God is the God of peace. He gives us perfect peace, and perfect comfort, so we do not have to be afraid or worry.
God promised us in His Word, that He will create new heavens and a new earth, after He destroys the old ones.
God will create a new heaven and a new earth after He destroys this earth.
God creates a new heaven and a new earth
The children of God spend eternity with God
The New Jerusalem will come down from God out of Heaven
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