The fear of death does not result in longevity nor produce wise dealings, discernment and decisions. Often our fears leads us down the paths of narcissistic aides in order to escape our inevitable end of meeting God and receiving the just punishment of having disregarded faith. Unfortunately, this too often runs headlong into our perceptions and hopes of how the end will come about and how we shall escape future hardships, and quite possibly, eternal torment. And this message, we, the professing Christian, must be dreadfully aware.
So what does this have to do with the end times?
Let us not forget when the end times began and patience of our Great God and Savior.
We see both in both the book of Hebrews and 1st Peter that the last days, or the last times, in other words, the end of days, had started within the early days of the church. “He was foreknown before the foundations of the world but was made manifest in the last times…” (1st Peter 1:20), “…but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the Heir of all things, through Whom also He created the world.” (Hebrews 1:2)
We must never forget, every generation within the church believed that they were to be the last. However, this one thing we must never forget, “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient towards you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:8-9)
Let us live in the light of Christ and be found pressing onward in knowing Him and seeking to know and do His will. May we be children who are being trained up in godliness, for without which, “no one will see the Lord.”