“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” Matthew 3:2, 4:17
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14.
Does FaceBook count as the “Whole world”? What are there now, over a billion users? Last year FaceBook commissioned a study, based on the famous 6 degrees of separation notion. They found that indeed, it is actually less than 6 degrees of separation, more like 5.25 degrees of separation between ourselves, and every other person on this planet. Or so they claim.
Is the end near?
“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20
My take is to warn people to “Always be ready”. None of us knows the day or the time, but we can certainly interpret the signs. Nobody who walked into Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 expected to be killed, and yet two disgruntled boys set up explosives and brought guns to kill “As many as they could” of their classmates. The first girl killed was Rachel Scott.
I had the privilege of hearing Darrell Scott (Rachel’s father), just a short time afterwards, speak to a men’s breakfast at the church where I was attending in Aurora, CO. His belief, as mine, is that we have taken God out of our schools (and our society) and we are reaping the whirlwind. Those boys walked up to his daughter and stuck a gun between her eyes and asked her “So, do you still believe in God?” Her answer, supported by the testimony of several witnesses was: “You know I do”. They shot her.
Could you or I hold up under that kind of circumstance? I ask myself that question every single day. I trust Jesus will give me the strength if and when it happens to not deny Him on that day. I pray He does!