How Near the End?
Are we experiencing today the birth of a new age? Is this the last generation, or will there be another?
“This generation shall not pass,” said Jesus, “till all these things be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:34
What generation? The one to which He was speaking or the one about which He was speaking? Obviously the one about which He spoke, for He was describing end time events. And so quickly would things happen, He pointed out, that those who saw the beginning would see the end. Wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes — all these, He said, were to be but “the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:8
The world today is in chaos. Sin abounds on every side. Sometimes we wonder if “our way of life,” with its drunkenness and sensuality, is worth saving. Certainly things cannot continue long as they are. Sin must be punished. The awful wrath of God has yet to be poured out on an unbelieving and Christ-rejecting world. The Devil, the god of this age, must be judged. How weary we are of man’s rule! What a mess he has made of things! Oh, for the coming of Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth! How we long for it, that age of righteousness, justice and peace, when there will be no more war!
The conviction of men everywhere is that a change is at hand. Something, they say, is about to happen. Will it be the passing out of this age and the ushering in of the next?
But what if this age should end and find you unprepared? Have you no sense of fear? Will you go on in your sin in the face of all these warnings? Do you think you can hide from God? Or are you finding satisfaction in a life of transgression? “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” Isaiah 57:21. “The way of transgressors is hard.” Proverbs 13:15. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7. “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27
My unbelieving friend, you are doomed. You have sinned and you know it. Even now memories of a wasted, sin-cursed life come up before you. Scenes you would give anything to forget torment you. You are lost and bound for hell. Heaven you will never enter unless you repent of your sin and accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour.
Is this the end? It may be for this age, but not for you. There is a judgment to face. Today you may know Christ as your Saviour: in that day He will be your Judge. What is it to be? It is for you to decide.
Now, before it is forever too late, turn to Jesus and be saved. He is your only hope. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God.” John 1:12 “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
The age from Adam to the Flood was about 2,000 years. From the Flood to the birth of Christ was about 2,000 years. And from Christ to the end of this age will probably be about 2,000 years. After that will come the Sabbath Age of 1,000 years, the Millennium, making some 7,000 years altogether. This may, therefore, be the end of the present age.
If this is the generation of which Jesus spoke, then, having seen “the beginning of sorrows,” we will also see the end. All may take place before the present generation passes away. Darker and darker will grow the night, until at last the Church will be gone and, amid judgments indescribable, this old age will pass and a new be born.
Oswald J. Smith
“Dear Jesus, please come into my heart; wash away all my sins and make me your child.” John 1:12, Revelation 3:20 & Acts 4:12