The news headlines today bear an uncanny resemblance to the words we read in Matthew chapter twenty-four. Jesus and His disciples were sitting on top of the Mount of Olives, overlooking the city of Jerusalem, when the disciples asked about the signs that would happen as Christ's coming drew near. As Jesus answered, He pulled back the curtain and revealed what would happen in the future. He talked about wars and rumors of war occurring before His coming. Does that sound familiar? Every day seems to be marching us closer to nuclear war with North Korea. He also talked about the weather and ocean waves reeking havoc. As we clean up from Hurricane Harvey and prepare for Hurricane Irma, it's not too difficult to see that this is happening. Jesus also said that the love of many would grow cold. Right now our nation is divided around this very issue.
Reading the signs of Christ's coming and scrolling through your Facebook feed would seem to indicate that the end of the world has to be just around the corner. But is that true? Let's read what Jesus said: "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. . . . And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:6, 14). The wars, the weather, the hatred; all of that is going to happen and yes, they are signs that the end is soon. But the one sign that will herald the end is the gospel preached to the world. According to the Joshua Project, there are approximately two billion people, that's a 2 followed by 9 zeros, in our world today who have not had the opportunity to hear the gospel. That's over one quarter of the earth's population. So is it the end of the world? The end is definitely near. We can read that all around us. But we still have a work to do. What are you doing to share the gospel with those who have never heard so that we can go home?