Every day, there are signs that point to the End Times or the return of Jesus Christ. Various signs include wars and rumors of wars, Earthquakes in diverse places, the increase in humanity’s sinfulness, along with a whole host of other signs. Matthew 24 is perhaps the most referred to of scriptures as it relates to the signs of the end. In that chapter, Jesus gives His Disciples signs of what to look for as the coming of the end inches closer and closer.
However, the book of 2 Peter Chapter 3, also mentions the coming of the Lord, but it also includes how we are to respond to the adversity that results from the times that we live in. Before examining this scripture, we should look at the End Times from the perspective of Noah. In Genesis 6, we see that the wickedness or sinfulness of humanity has become burdensome in the heart of God. In verses 5-6, it says:
(NIV) “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” So, as a result of this God decides in verse 7 that He will wipe humanity off the face of the Earth. The only one who was spared was that of Noah and his family because he found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
As it is commonly known from scripture, Noah is instructed to create an ark which would protect all of the animals and his family from the great flood that would cover the Earth. However, notice what it says in Matthew 24: 37-39:
(NIV) “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
Here, Jesus is speaking and He is suggesting to us that at the time of Noah building the ark, most were living in their sinfulness and ignoring the impending doom which was the flood. However, as Jesus said, they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away. How often do we see various signs and warnings today, which are meant to give us a chance to avoid disaster?
Even in today’s time, we are seeing blatant sinfulness that is paraded throughout the media and even in our own lives. Many have chosen to reject the truth of God while a whole host of signs are being put before us which are pointing to the return of Jesus Christ. Our world structure continues to decay while, at the same time, there is a call for global unification and peace. However, the peace that many are seeking is coming from man-made solutions instead of seeking God for the solutions that plague our world. Whenever humanity decides that in its pride that it will not seek God, then nothing but chaos and confusion occurs.
In 2 Peter, Jesus gives us a warning of what will occur in the last days. He says in verses 3-4: (NIV) “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” Basically, what Jesus is saying is similar to what many say today. Many of those who scoff at the coming of Jesus, say that such “signs of the times” have occurred in years past. Many today scoff at the promise of Christ’s return and wonder why He hasn’t returned as promised. However, look at what Jesus says in verses 5-7:
(NIV) “But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.” The point is, there are many who do not take into account that God has revealed His judgment to humanity before in the form of the great flood. The same judgment will be poured out again but in the form of fire as Jesus said in verse 7.
Looking also at verses 9-10:
(NIV) “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.”
So, Jesus says that the Lord is not slow to keep His promise as some understand it to be. The naysayers will and often do say that Christ isn’t returning and that the end times do not exist. Yet, there are many signs that we see every single day which point to the return of Jesus Christ. Also, God’s judgment will come to any nation or group of people who decide to openly reject Him.
Examples of blatant rejection? Just look at the various laws that are instituting and promoting sinful behavior. Not only in America is homosexuality being endorsed for “marriage” but countries around the world are now attempting to re-define an institution that was not created by human hands. Even if it isn’t that particular issue, there are countless examples of lawlessness which is promoted and shown throughout our world. Governments both domestic and worldwide operate in corruption and pass laws which have pushed God out, and welcomed sinfulness and secular humanism.
However, here is the good news and that is what Jesus referred to in verse 9, when He says “Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.” God wishes that no one perish. There are penalties for sinfulness and disobedience which many will choose to pay for. However, Jesus Christ died and rose again so you wouldn’t have to pay the price of destruction. God wants all of us to come to the knowledge of how good He is, and how loving He is. However, in the midst of sin and rebellion, we cannot know God as He wants us to.
The point for all of us is to realize that our world is growing increasingly wicked. Day after day and year after year, examples are shown of how perverse and sinful current and future generations are and will be. The Bible is clear that Jesus Christ will return, but in His return, judgment will come to those who are in rebellion. You don’t have to choose a life of sinfulness and a destructive end. If you haven’t accepted Christ’s gift of salvation, then you have an opportunity.
For those of us who have, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to lose sight of God’s promises by listening to those who reject God. God will judge every human, and sinfulness will be brought to justice because God has already promised such. So, heed the warnings and seek the Lord in repentance while you have an opportunity.