What Does the Bible Say About the End of the World?

April 23, 2022   /   Brian T. Anderson   /   Vineyard Church North Phoenix

Hope Has a Name
What Does the Bible Say About the End of the World?

I. Introduction

A. When Jesus comes back, !

B. Titus 2:11-13 (NAS) 11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.

II. Is Jesus Going to Come Back?

A. Jesus is coming back to what is broken, not to what is broken!

1. Romans 8:19-21 (NLT) 19For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.

2. Revelation 21:1a (NLT) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared.

a. “Neos” – – something new

b. “Kainos” – – new

3. When Jesus comes back, God will destroy what’s with the world! But, He won’t destroy the world!

4. The world is groaning, not to be annihilated, but to be !

III. Is Jesus Coming Back?

A. Matthew 24:36 (NLT) “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”

B. II Peter 3:3-4 (NLT) 3Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”

C. II Peter 3:8 (NLT) But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.

D. II Peter 3:9 (NAS) The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

IV. Why Do People Make Such a About Jesus’ Return?

A. “” is the most practical thing in the world!

1. We’re to remember that all that is evil—and all that is opposed to God—and all that is unjust—will one day be !

2. “Adultery” – – unfaithfulness to a spouse, is over and over again a picture of being to .

3. “Don’t be afraid of ! Rome is going to go down! Don’t quit now!”

4. John wanted them to know that this little Jesus movement was going to the !

B. “What did the biblical author intend for his to understand this passage to mean?”

1. You have to start with the of the audience for whom those words were originally written!

C. The number 12 stands for the entire of !

D. The “Pearly Gates” – – That means there’s a gate for !

E. 144,000 – – is coming home!

1. And this multitude is not just of Israel, but it’s from tribe and tongue and people and nation!

2. God wants and loves !

3. The number 7 is a common picture of or perfection.

4. John was writing to people who were experiencing tribulation!

F. John 16:33b (NAS) “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

G. Revelation 1:14 (NLT) His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire.

H. Revelation 1:16a (NLT) He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth.

1. Words have !

I. Revelation 1:7a (NLT) Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven.

J. Isaiah 19:1a (NLT) This message came to me concerning Egypt: Look! The Lord is advancing against Egypt, riding on a swift cloud.

1. gets away with anything!

K. Revelation 1:16b-18 (NLT) 16And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance. 17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. 18I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.”

1. God invites now to be a part of this great movement!

L. One day, and will be one!

1. If you join God in His new creation project, you are that of Jesus coming back!

2. of what you do is wasted!

3. Will you place your life, your mind, your time, your energy, your money, your work, your gifts, your will, your wounds, or whatever you have— at the disposal of our in this great cause?

V. Conclusion

 

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