What Do We Know?

Here’s a multiple-choice question:

What do we know about the future?

A) Everything

B) Nothing

C) Something

D) None of the above

If you picked C, you’re right! If it weren’t for the Bible, we would know nothing about the future. While much of what lies ahead is known only to God, He has drawn back the veil just enough for us to know all we need to know about the end of the age.

Christ will suddenly return (we don’t know when). The dead will be raised. The earth will be destroyed. Judgment will take place. Eternity begins.

Unlike stock market projections and weather forecasts, what the Bible says about the Day of the Lord is not mere guesswork, a possibility, or even a probability. The End is certain─just as certain as the integrity of God’s promises. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:17-19).

What we do with what we know

And why does God reveal these things to us regarding the future? Certainly not to satisfy our curiosity, but rather to help us know with certainty what to expect so we can be well prepared for it. The New Testament equips us be ready for these eventualities.

We must keep in a state of readiness, always active in His service (Matthew 24:42-51). We must be prepared to give an account (Romans 14:10-12). In view of the destruction of the material order, we must live holy, godly lives (2 Peter 3:10-14). And then help others get ready for that Great Day (Acts 17:30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11).

Living in a state of readiness, we can look forward to that Day. We’re going home! No more death or pain! We will be with Christ! Reunion with our loved ones! (2 Corinthians 5:6-9; Revelation 21:4; Philippians 1:23; 1 John 3:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Yes, we do know something!

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Living Between the Two Great Days

One day is history. The other is yet to come. Both relate to Christ. And both are designed to have a tremendous impact on how we live today.

On a certain day in the past Jesus died on the cross.

Emphasis is usually given to the forgiveness His death brings. We hear less about how His death calls for us to make a total change in the way we live. A balanced view of the cross includes both.

As Peter wrote, “. . . He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus’ death does bring us forgiveness. But as Paul wrote, “. . . He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Corinthians 5:15; see Titus 2:14).

On a certain day in the future Jesus will come again.

Referring to earth’s destruction by fire at Christ’s coming, Peter writes, “Since all these things are to be destroyed, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness . . . . But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless . . .” (2 Peter 3:11, 13-14; see 1 John 3:2-3).

In the meantime . . . .

God knew we would need a lot of motivation to turn from doing our will to His. And so He provides us with these two pinnacle events to spur us to make the right choices.

Out of gratitude for His cross we put sin behind us and live righteously. And in view of His coming we want Him to find us ready!

We look back to the cross and we look forward to His return. His death made our salvation possible; His return will bring our salvation to completion.

And so may our lives reflect our deep appreciation for all Jesus has done and will do for us—as we live between these two great days.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Last Sunrise Over Sodom

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Sunrises come so routinely, so . . . daily.

Would we take a sunrise lightly if we knew it was our last?

The sun had risen over the earth . . . . Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven . . .” (Genesis 19:23-24, emphasis added).

Did they suspect it was their last sunrise?

“. . . they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling . . . it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:28-30).

Some sunrise will be our last—either the day Jesus comes or the day we die.

So shouldn’t we live this day as if it were our last?

It could well be.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Being Content Not to Know

Have you ever felt the urge to open a door marked “Private”? Some things are not for us to know.

“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

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What we know/what we don’t know

God has revealed some things about the end times. Christ will come, but we don’t know when (Matthew 24:36). Yet that doesn’t seem to stop date-setters.

Regarding our immediate future, “. . . you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow” (James 4:14). Crystal-ball gazing, palm-reading, and horoscopes are out of bounds for the Christian.

From knowing to doing

That which God has revealed was not given to satisfy our curiosity. He revealed it so we could do it.

In doing it we are blessed (James 1:25).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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