What Will Be Left at the End of the World?

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Life is complicated, right? There are so many facets; so many things to do. When I get overwhelmed by it all, I try to think about what’s really important. But when I think about God’s plan, the simplicity of this physical life overwhelms me more! Very few things in life seem to matter in light of God’s coming Kingdom. I still find it hard to give priority to the things that will continue to be important when God’s Kingdom is established though.

As we all know, the end of the present world is coming. I’m not talking about December 21, 2012. The end I’m talking about won’t be anything like the hyped up 2012 end of the world scare. That is clearly not going to happen. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10 2 Peter 3:10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
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This end is coming soon. Only the Father knows the day and the hour, but we must be on watch for Christ’s coming. We need to be watching the world around us for the signs. But more importantly we need to be preparing ourselves for God’s Kingdom after the great tribulation. Jesus talks in Luke 17:26-30 Luke 17:26-30 [26] And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. [27] They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. [28] Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; [29] But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. [30] Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
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about the state of the world in the days of Noah shortly before they were destroyed. They were eating, drinking, marrying, buying, selling, planting and building. Even though these times were very wicked, Jesus talks about them in this scripture going about their regular business.

The question is, will we be ready for Christ’s coming? Or will we be like the foolish virgins who were too late to prepare when the Bridegroom came (Matthew 25:1-13 Matthew 25:1-13 [1] Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. [2] And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. [3] They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: [4] But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. [5] While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. [6] And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him. [7] Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. [8] And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. [9] But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. [10] And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. [11] Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. [12] But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I know you not. [13] Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man comes.
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)? We have to make sure we aren’t so consumed in our day-to-day lives that we miss what’s important: character building, using our talents, our relationship with God and our neighbors. These are the things we will also need at the end of this world.