Message: Part 6: Is The World Coming To An End?
Scripture Text: Revelation 21:1-7
1. We are finishing a series covering the weeks leading up to and following Election Day
talking about how faith and politics intersect.
a. Watch, listen, read online – George’s message too.
2. Our last question is: “Now that we have a new President-Elect…is the world coming to an end?”
a. Some are interpreting the signs pointing to YES.
i. Google “Trump is the anti-Christ” and you get some interesting stuff; for example, one blogger uncovered these startling facts:
1. Trump purchased the most expensive single building in the United States – at 666 Fifth Avenue
2. the famous Trump Tower measures 666 feet tall.
3. Trump calls the first floor of his triplex apartment in Trump Tower in New
York “floor 66”, even though it’s really the 56th floor).
4. Some say they can see a “6 6 6” on Trump’s coat of arms at Maralago.
5. The number 666 is the sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel – and Trump has been a major owner of casinos
6. Trump announced his candidacy for president on June 16, 2015 = 6 + (1*6) + (1+5) = 6-6-6.
ii. But others are predicting the end of the world through looking at Donald
Trump from a different angle.
1. A recent Seattle Times article quoted a religious advisor to Trump believing that “GOD chose Donald Trump to serve as the Republican
presidential nominee. And he did it for one reason: To pave the way for the second coming of Jesus Christ.”
b. Powerful stuff. But some of you may be recalling from years past that variation of these predictions have been made every Presidential election cycle.
3. So is the world coming to an end? YES
a. Revelation is a book Christians often turn to answer this questions.
i. Read Revelation 21:1-7
ii. Also the words of Jesus in
b. Can we predict when the world will end? NO
i. Jesus says in Matthew 24:36
ii. Also 1 Thess 5:2
c. Will we know that the world is coming to an end? YES
i. Jesus says Luke 17:24
ii. Scriptures give a confusing array of
accounts about what will happen and in what order, but one thing is abundantly clear: it will be obvious.
d. So is the end of the world happening now? NO… and YES
4. You see, for followers of Jesus the world has already come to an end.
a. 2 Corinthians 5:17
i. Also Romans 6:3-4
ii. Reve 21:5 –
1. uses a verb form
for ongoing action: “am making” all things new even before New Jerusalem descends
b. Christians live in the new, not in the old.
i. Entrance to new life comes by a leap of faith onto a whole new path: the one Jesus walked and is walking. It is a spiritual putting to death of an old perspective and way of living through the cross, and a coming to life again as Jesus left his tomb three days later.
ii. Through faith, Jesus also brings the Holy Spirit to you so you can continue to walk in newness of life. The Spirit brings to you the complete presence and power of Jesus for every moment of every day.
iii. Which means that, if you are on the Jesus Path, you are free from the old. It still has a presence in the world around you but it has no power over you.
c. So death, or Jesus’ return (whichever comes first), is a completing of the new through a final elimination of the presence of the old around us.
i. But it won’t make you and more “new” than you are already.
5. Even if Donald Trump turns out not to be the anti-Christ or the herald of Jesus’ return, there
are two things on your plate today.
a. First, be spiritually prepared.
i. Luke 12:40
ii. You have the Spirit so there’s nothing lacking; it’s a mindset of, every day, putting everything on the table, keeping short accounts with God and with others, letting no love be
iii. If Jesus is in it, live it fully and don’t put it off.
b. Second, be undistracted and undaunted about engaging in Christ’s mission
i. Matthew 28:19,20
ii. Every moment, every time shared with someone you care about is a chance to announce and demonstrate the love and justice of Jesus Christ in
the world. To be an ambassador for His Kingdom – which has come and is still coming.
6. So we’ve come to the conclusion to series. With each passing day after the election things settle down, the sun rises and sets again, and life goes on.
a. With every election, or any time things get thrown up in the air at it seems the world might be coming to an end, it’s a powerful opportunity to bear witness to some amazing, good news.
b. After all, as Billy Graham once said, “I have
read the last page of the Bible. It is all going to turn out all right.”