Is This The End?
“The end of all things is at hand,” declared Peter. Have we reached that time and is this the end? Are we experiencing today the birth pangs of a new age? Is this the last generation, or will there be another?
“This generation shall not pass away,” said Jesus, “till all be fulfilled.” Luke 21:32 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. It was certainly the last generation which He had in mind. And so quickly would things happen, He pointed out, that those who saw the beginning would see the end.
To what things did He refer? Wars and rumours of wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes. And all these, He said, were to be but “the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:8
IS THIS THE END?
It may be. This could be the last generation. There may not be another. The age from Adam to the Flood was about 2,000 years, from the flood to Christ about 2,000 years, and from Christ to the end of this third 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.
And, if so, 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.
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 and tired we are of man’s rule! What a hideous madhouse the world has become!
IS THIS THE END?
I do not know. But if it is, “this generation shall not pass away till all be fulfilled.” The conviction of men everywhere is that it 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? Why do you do it? Do you think you can hide from God? Then “be sure your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23). Or are you finding satisfaction in a life of transgression? “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” Isaiah 57:21. How, then, dare you trifle with sin?
My 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 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 face Christ as your Saviour: in that day He will be your Judge. Which is it to be? It is for you to decide. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27
Oh then, escape for thy life. “Flee from the wrath to come.” Matthew 3:7 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
Oh, then, take Christ as your Saviour, and take Him — NOW.
Oswald J. Smith