There is a fascinating thing about "time".
First, it seems it is the most avoided subject we can imagine.
There are all manners of discussions about time - even music. From the lyric that speaks about how "time changes everything". And the shortened version we often express when we realize we are getting older. You know the one..."time flies!"
A greater truth could hardly have been more important - and ignored.
Unless we begin to realize we are getting older, time indeed does change everything. Then we begin to consider time in different light. That is one of the responsibilities that God built into time. We are all limited by time in some way. In a world geared by beginnings and deadlines, for almost everything that occurs in our lives, from our birth (which was produced by time...and other things), all built around this thing called time.
No one escapes time. No one that is except God.
He classifies certain amounts of measured time in order to produce that which He has in mind to produce to limit or to expand.
Down through the eons of the past, people began to react to the passage of time. Sooner or later. These times of human activity on God's earth are very important to Him. He is not unaware of time. He created it. He uses it. He uses it to bring about His will and His plan for humanity's future.
The Bible speaks of this indescribable element called "time". It speaks of the "times" for this event, and another occurrence, etc., all designed to bring about the birth of sons and daughters who will eventually not need to consider time as a part of their existence.
Because eventually, "time will be no more". There will be no need for it. All will become the eternal present time. However, this a special and crucial span of time that eventually brings about the end of time as we understand it.
The Bible speaks of these times as "the end times".
There is coming an unimaginable segment of time that will eventually end with the ending of time as we understand it. However, prior to this glorious "time" when time will not exist the way we understand it now. the Bible speaks of a "time" of danger for the earth and all humanity. Many have speculated about this period of time...what is it, where is it, and when is, etc.
But eventually, this time will come when the whole world as we know it will enter a time danger that will never occur again. Before that time, the whole world will enter to a peril that will eventually destroy every human endeavor, and every human life unless God intervenes. World crisis upon world crisis, that escalates by degrees until humanity will destroy itself, unless...unless God the Father sends Jesus Christ to end the unimaginable conflict.
We are entering a different world as of this writing. Hardly a day goes by that the crisis between peoples and nations escalates a little more...and a little more, etc. Has it always been this way? Yes...and no. Compare world conditions to a spring that can stretch only to a certain tension. Eventually, it will break. The rate of tension increases, and then seems to moderate for a while. Then something in the world accelerates the rate.
One alarming trend recently is the subtle rate of the shrinking of our world. Communication abilities, the speed of change, modern invention. All serve to create a stress never before experienced in our modern world.
Perhaps one of the most striking scriptures in the Bible (the New Testament) speaking of these end times are described by the Apostle Paul:
" But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.[They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.
[They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them]." - 2 Timothy 3:3-5
No one knows the exact timetable for this, or any other event. Jesus made this clear just before His assention.
But He gave the most important instruction for our world today, especially for the Christian:
"Therefore watch (give strict attention, be cautious and alert), for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming—in the evening, or at midnight, or at cock crowing, or in the morning— [Watch, I say] lest He come suddenly and unexpectedly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to everybody: WATCH! (give strict attention, be cautious, active, and alert)!" - Mark 13:35-37 (AMP)
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