Sunday, May 16, 2021
“Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” (1st John 2:18) Prophecy, Eschatology is that aspect of biblical doctrine dealing with “last things.” In this text, John describes the times in which he wrote as “the last hour,” evidencing that we, as vital Christians in every generation, both lived in immediate anticipation of Christ’s Second coming and saw his era as one in which the present evidence seemed to argue that this was possibly the concluding generation. This is not an unhealthy attitude. Christ Jesus desires that people expectantly anticipate His return (Matt. 25:1-13; 2nd Tim. 4:8).
John not only addresses the lateness of the hour of history as he views it; he also addresses the subject of antichrist, a commonly discussed theme when eschatology is studied. The spirit of antichrist, the Rapture of the church, the Great Tribulation, the restoration of national Israel, and the millennial reign of Christ on Earth are all among the many subjects the Bible describes as “last things.” The Bible clearly says these things shall occur. However, it is not clear about the exact time; and in many cases it does not conclusively give the sequence or exact manner of the fulfillment of such events.
But I do want to leave you with four (4) thoughts:
- God is the Sovereign of the Universe and the God of History, which is His-Story.
- As such, He knows the end from the beginning and at the end of history we have been verified as All-wise and vindicates as all-just.
- His Son Jesus Christ, shall come to Earth again for His church.
- There is a final judgment, with the reward of eternal life in heaven promised to the redeemed and the judgment of eternal loss in hell the portion of the unregenerate.
You are loved, Pastor Don