The future

The end is the new beginning

If there were no future, Paul writes, it would be foolish to believe in Christ (1Kor 15,19). Prophecy is an essential and very encouraging part of the Christian faith. Bible prophecy proclaims us extraordinary hopefulness. We can draw great strength and courage from it, if we focus on their core statements, not on details that can be argued. The Purpose of Prophecy Prophecy is not an end in itself - it articulates ...

The Last Judgment [eternal judgment]

At the end of the age, God will gather all the living and the dead before the heavenly throne of Christ for judgment. The righteous will receive eternal glory, the ungodly condemnation in the fiery lake. In Christ, the Lord makes gracious and just provision for all, including those who seemingly did not believe in the gospel at death. (Matthew 25,31-32; Acts 24,15; John 5,28-29; Revelation 20,11-15; 1: Timothy 2,3-6; 2; Peter 3,9;

Afraid of the last court?

When we understand that we live, weave and are in Christ (Act 17,28), in the One who has created all things and redeemed all things, and who loves us unconditionally, we can all fear and worry about where we stand with God to lay down, and to really rest in the certainty of his love and directing power in our lives. The gospel is a good news. It is indeed not just for a few people, but for all ...

Mercy for all

When on the day of mourning, on 14. September 2001, people gathered in churches throughout America and other countries, they came to hear words of comfort, encouragement, hope. However, a number of conservative Christian church leaders have unwittingly spread a message that fuels desperation, despondency, and fear, contrary to their intention to give hope to the grieving nation. Namely, in people who are close to the attack ...

The resurrection and return of Jesus Christ

Acts 1,9 tells us, "And when he said that, he was quickly lifted, and a cloud took him away from their eyes." At this point I would like to ask a simple question: Why? Why was Jesus taken away this way? But before we get to that, let's read the next three verses: "And when they watched him go to heaven, behold, there were two men in white robes with them. They said, you men of ...

Are we living in the last few days?

You know that the gospel is good news. But do you really see it as good news? As with so many of you, for most of my life I have been taught that we live in the last days. This gave me a worldview that viewed things from a perspective that the end of the world as we know it today would come in just a few short years. But if I behaved accordingly I would before the ...

Lazarus and the rich man - a story of unbelief

Have you ever heard that those who die as infidels can no longer be reached by God? It is a cruel and destructive doctrine, the proof of which is a single verse in the parable of the rich man and poor Lazarus. Like all biblical passages, this parable also stands in a specific context and can only be understood correctly in this context. It's always bad to have a doctrine on a single verse ...

Insight into eternity

It reminded me of scenes from a sci-fi movie when I learned of the discovery of an Earth-like planet called Proxima Centauri. This is located in an orbit of the red fixed star Proxima Centauri. However, it is unlikely that we will discover extraterrestrial life (at a distance of 40 trillion kilometers!). However, people will keep asking themselves whether it is human-like life outside of our ...

The heavenly judge

If we understand that we live, weave and are in Christ, in the One who has created all things and redeemed all things, and who loves us unconditionally (Acts 12,32, Kol 1,19-20, Joh 3,16-17), we can all Fear and worry about "where we stand with God" and begin to really rest in our lives in the certainty of his love and directing power. The gospel is good news, and indeed it is not just for a few ...

The second coming of Christ

Jesus Christ, as He promised, will return to earth to judge and govern all peoples in the Kingdom of God. His second coming in power and glory will be visible. This event initiates the resurrection and reward of the saints. (John 14,3, Revelation 1,7, Matthew 24,30, 1, Thessalonian 4,15-17, Revelation 22,12) Will Christ Return? What do you think would be the biggest event that could happen on the world stage? ...

Is there an eternal punishment?

Have you ever had reason to punish a disobedient kid? Have you ever stated that the punishment would never end? I have some questions for all of us who have children. Here comes the first question: Was your child disobedient to you? Well, take some time to think if you are not sure. Okay, if you answered yes like all other parents, we come to the second question: ...

Why are there prophecies?

There will always be someone who claims to be a prophet or believes that he can calculate the date of Jesus' return. I recently saw a report about a rabbi who was said to link Nostradamus' predictions with the Torah. Another person predicted that Jesus' return would be at Pentecost 2019. Many prophecy lovers try to make a connection between the latest news and the biblical ...

What Matthew 24 says about "the end"

Important for avoiding misinterpretations is first of all to see Matthew 24 in the larger context of the previous chapters. You may be surprised to learn that the history of Matthew 24 is already in the 16. Chapter, verse 21, begins. There it says summarily: "Since the time Jesus began to show his disciples how to go to Jerusalem and suffer much from the elders and chief priests and scribes ...

From the caterpillar to the butterfly

A small caterpillar moves forward with difficulty. It stretches upwards because it wants to reach the slightly higher leaves because they are more tasty. Then she discovers a butterfly sitting on a flower that can be rocked back and forth by the wind. He is beautiful and colorful. She watches him fly from flower to flower. A little enviously she calls to him: «You lucky, fly from flower to flower, shine in wonderful ...

With what body will the dead be resurrected?

That believers are resurrected to immortal life at the time of Christ's appearance is the hope of all Christians. Therefore, it is not surprising that the apostle Paul, when he heard that some members of the Church in Corinth denied the resurrection, their incomprehension in his 1. Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 15, energetically rejected. First, Paul repeated the message of the gospel to which they also confessed: Christ was ...

The future

Nothing sells as well as prophecies. It's true. A church or ministry can have a stupid theology, a weird head, and nonsensical strict rules, but they have some world maps, a pair of scissors, and a stack of newspapers, along with a preacher who can reasonably well express himself, then it seems, people will send you bucketfuls of money. People are afraid of the unknown and they know the ...

The Last Judgement

"The court is coming! The court is coming! Repent now or you will go to hell ". They may have heard some roving street evangelists call these words, trying to scare people into making a commitment to Christ. Or, you may have seen such a person satirically portrayed in movies with a maudlin look. Maybe that's not so far from the image of the "eternal judgment" that many ...

An unimaginable inheritance

Did you ever wish someone would knock on your door and tell you that a rich uncle you never heard of would have died and left you a huge fortune? The idea that money emerges out of nowhere is exciting, a dream of many people and a premise of many books and films. What would you do with your newfound wealth? What influence would he have on your life? Would he ...