The Hour is Late
Did you know that the Bible is the inspired word of GOD and His instruction to all of mankind? Many people do not believe that the Bible is from GOD and consider it a collection of stories and poems written by men thousands of years ago. Perhaps this is your view as well - but did you know that the Bible is the only book that has predicted future events with 100% accuracy. For example, hundreds of prophecies pertaining to the life and death of JESUS were perfectly fulfilled. Furthermore, archeological discoveries have affirmed many of the people and locations spoken of in the Bible. Only the GOD of all creation is capable of predicting future events. Most will say they believe in GOD but do you really know what his expectations are for your life? Read and study the Bible on your own. Don’t let others influence your view of this life changing book.
The Bible teaches that your eternal destiny is determined the moment you die and you will either go to Heaven or Hell. If you find yourself in Hell – it is too late, you cannot leave. Many people hold the position that a loving GOD would not send anyone to an eternal Hell. This is too harsh they will say, my sin is not that bad, I am a good person. The fact is, a holy and just GOD cannot tolerate one single sin and must therefore eternally separate himself from those with unforgiven sin. But the Bible also teaches that GOD is slow to anger and patient toward us - He is not wishing for any to perish and desires to have eternal fellowship with his creation. In an amazing act of grace (unmerited favor), GOD was able to satisfy His justice through the substitutionary death, burial, and resurrection of his beloved son JESUS who has provided a way for our sins to be forgiven. Those that accept this free gift of forgiveness and turn to JESUS by faith and repentance (turning from sin to God) can enjoy eternal fellowship with GOD in heaven. This is the Gospel of JESUS Christ which means “The Good News”.
Do not wait any longer. Admit you are a sinner, turn from the desires of this world and accept JESUS as your LORD and Savior. The hour is very late. The Bible describes what the world will be like in the last days before judgment is enacted on all unrepentant sinners. Israel will be surrounded by her enemies * There will be turmoil and wars in the Middle East * There will be an increase in natural disasters * There will be food shortages and famine * The world’s monetary systems will collapse and a one world government will emerge. Does this look familiar? What will it be like when your savings and stock portfolio dramatically devalue in the blink of an eye? There will be panic, chaos, and anarchy in the land. It gets worse. Satan himself will emerge on the worldwide stage and temporarily bring order to the chaos. He will deceive the world and even claim to be GOD. All of this will happen before the glorious return of our LORD and Savior JESUS Christ. Act now, our only hope is in GOD alone who has said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
What is the Gospel? The Gospel is called “The Good News” because it addresses the most serious problem we have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: GOD is holy and He is just, and we are not. And at the end of our life, we are going to stand before a just and holy GOD, and we will be judged. The Bible states clearly, “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD”. GOD demands justice and no sin can go unpunished. We are incapable of satisfying GOD’s requirement for sinless perfection and without a remedy our penalty will be eternal condemnation and separation from our Holy Creator. The good news of the Gospel is that GOD’s beloved son JESUS set aside his Godly attributes and came down from heaven and through a virgin birth lived in the same flesh as you and me. The Bible describes JESUS’ life - "He was despised and rejected by others, and a man of sorrows, intimately familiar with suffering; and like one from whom people hid their faces; and we despised him and did not value him.” Even in the face of rejection JESUS lived a sinless life in perfect obedience to GOD the Father. In an amazing act of love and submission to GOD the Father, JESUS willingly died an agonizing death by crucifixion in order to satisfy GOD’s requirement that mankind’s sin be punished. JESUS’ substitutionary death and resurrection to eternal life enables previously lost and separated sinners to have fellowship and intimacy with GOD the Father. All who put their faith in JESUS and repent of their sins and confess with their mouth that JESUS is Lord, and believe in their heart that GOD raised Him from the dead, may have eternal fellowship with GOD the Father.
How will I know if I am saved and right with God? Read the Bible and learn what it means to live a life in obedience to GOD. Then examine yourself. You will become aware of the sin in your life and your disobedience to GOD. This newfound awareness of the sin in your life is the work of GOD’s Holy Spirit indwelling in you. It is the Holy Spirit working within us that transforms our mind and enables us to see both the sin in our life and the world’s utter rebellion against GOD. You will have a strong desire to repent and even weep over your disobedience to GOD. Repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action. Following sincere repentance a true Christian is no longer enslaved or entrapped to the things of this world and are set free to see JESUS in His glory and follow hard after him.
How to get started in your Christian walk? The first step is to read the Bible. We recommend a Study Bible which includes notes and references that help with interpretation and context. The second step is finding and having fellowship with other Christian believers. This entails locating and joining a church that does not waiver from the truth and the teachings of the Bible. Many churches today will claim to be Christian but in fact teach false doctrine and a watered down Gospel. Many will deny the reality of sin and the need for repentance. They focus solely on GOD’s love and overlook his condemnation of sin. Others will deny that JESUS is GOD and the only way to salvation. JESUS himself warned, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ (Messiah),’ and many will be misled.”
Now is the time – repent and accept JESUS as your Lord and Savior. The hour is very late.