Terror of all kinds fills our world today. Suicide bombers, anthrax, radioactive "dirty" bombs, killer epidemics, kidnappings, gangs, rapes, murders, wars.
Everywhere we look, the trend is downward. Man's inhumanity to his fellow man is growing worse, and even the most optimistic can find it harder to fight the feelings of foreboding that our world is on a course of self-destruction.
Jesus Christ looked down through history and foretold this spiral of sorrows leading to an unprecedented time of trouble to occur before His return (Matthew 24:7-8, 21). Our spiritual Savior also promised to save humanity physically from total annihilation by His glorious coming (Matthew 24:22, 30).
As King of Kings He will set up God's wonderful, righteous Kingdom
(Revelation 11:15; for more information on these prophecies, request or download our free booklet You Can Understand Bible Prophecy).
This is the time God's people through the ages have longed and prayed for: "Your kingdom come" (Matthew 6:10).
John, an apostle of deep love and compassion, was given a wonderful vision of a time beyond all the troubles, plagues and war necessitated by man's unrepentant evil—the time when God will wipe away all tears, when there will be no more sorrow or crying (Revelation 21:4).
At the end of the last chapter of the last book of the Bible, three times John recorded Christ's wonderful promise: "I am coming quickly" (Revelation 22:7,12, 20). In verse 20 John, and all Christians, respond with deep yearning: "Even so, come, Lord Jesus!"
He says to those who would follow Him, "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matthew 11:29-30). What the world sees as bondage is actually true freedom and happiness in Christ. This is what God promises those who follow the real Jesus and His true teachings.
But that path isn't easy to find, and you alone can make the choice to follow it. "Enter by the narrow gate," He tells us, "for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it." He instructs us to not take the easy route most of humanity chooses. ".. . Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matthew 7:13-14). If you make a decision to turn to Jesus, let it be done with the real Jesus Christ and His real story in mind. He is a king. He is worthy to rule the entire earth, and He will rule.
He is the earth's Maker and the Creator of life itself. He took complete responsibility for His Creation by coming to earth to demonstrate His good intentions toward us and with faithful adherence to the will of God to die for us. He will not fail to complete His mission to establish His Kingdom of peace over the whole earth.
So if you accept Him, remember—you accept Him as King and Ruler of your life now. He is the One you serve now, and the One you will serve forever.
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