Welcome To 2001
FUTURE FACT: WORLD WILL FACE THREATS OF INCREASING NATURAL
DISASTERS, NUCLEAR WAR, FAMINE, THE SPREAD OF UNTREATABLE DISEASES,
TERRORIST ATTACKS, ECONOMIC DEPRESSION, EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS, AND
FUTURE FACT: THE GRACE OF GOD WILL NOT CHANGE, DIMINISH, OR BE
Matthew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but
cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both
soul and body in hell. (NIV)
Matthew 23:33"You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you
escape being condemned to hell? 34Therefore I am sending you prophets
and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify;
others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town.
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through
faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9not by
works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us
to do. (NIV)
You are saved from the fires of hell or the horror of outer
darkness by the grace of God. It is the grace of God that keeps you from
falling into the fire...the fire that burns the soul forever and ever.
No matter what happens in your physical world you are covered and
immersed in the grace of God, if you want it. This protection by God
depends upon your turning away from your natural and inborn life of sin.
You are a sinner at birth. You are a fallen creature before God. You
have no way of changing your fallen nature on your own except by
repenting and turning away from your fallen nature. After repenting and
turning away from your sinful self, you can inherit eternal life by
accepting Christ into your life as your Savior. It is the blood of
Christ, poured out for you because of what you did to Him that saves you
from falling into the fire of hell. The hand of God protects you because
you have accepted Christ into your heart and life.
Look at the lives of those who have not accepted Him. When
tribulation comes, they are devastated. The life of someone who has not
accepted Christ is a burning fire of pain and hopelessness. You do not
have to be a genius to see this. When death comes to them or to someone
they love they have no hope. Without Christ, there is only darkness and
uncertainty ahead. Who would want to face only darkness and uncertainty?
When you have Christ, you have His grace and His protection. Even when
disease and sickness attack your body, the grace of God sustains your
soul. When you have Christ in your heart, you have a hope that permits
you to see Christ in this life. You also have a vision that permits you
to see Him waiting for you when He calls you home to be with Him in
paradise. With Christ, your future is certain. Your future is full of
Light not darkness.
FUTURE FACT: PROTECTION WILL BE NEEDED BY MILLIONS
Psalm 6:11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them
ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love
your name may rejoice in you. 12 For surely, O LORD,
you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a
As the great wheel of fate turns over and over in the coming
days, millions will want to be protected. Even if disaster does not
strike your life, you need and want protection from God. You want His
hand to keep you safe and secure. You want His hand to keep the ones you
love safe and secure from whatever the future brings. When the great
wheel of the future grinds onward, many will be crushed beneath its
weight. Christians and non-Christians are vulnerable to the forces of
our dark world. However, for the Christian there is a spiritual
protection. For the Christian, the present pain and suffering is of
little importance for there is a land full of Light, Love, and Joy just
ahead. In this world and in this reality, whether you receive God's
protective love is entirely up to you. You decide your own future.
FUTURE FACT: ONLY A FEW WILL BELIEVE, THE REST WILL WANT TO
BELIEVE, OR THEY WILL REJECT CHRIST ENTIRELY
Romans 11:5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant
chosen by grace. (NIV)
Luke 18:8 However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith
on the earth?" (NIV)
Millions of persons do not want to accept that God would permit
them to fall into a place of fire or into the hell of outer darkness. In
2001, it is not fashionable or acceptable to tell people they have a
future of hellish proportions. It is not fashionable in 2001 to tell
people they can spend eternity in the suffering of hell fire. Today many
persons want to believe that God will save them from burning in hell no
matter what they do or how they act. These persons have no reason to
grip or hold tightly to the word of God, grip or hold tightly to Christ,
or grip or hold tightly to the teachings of Christ. You can believe
anything you want about God and about life after death. You can choose
from many theologies, religions, and beliefs. What you must realize is
that there is a consequence to what you believe. No matter what you
believe today, at the hour before you die, you will most surely want to
believe in life after death. You will at that last hour want to be able
to see over the horizon of death's darkness. At the last hour of life,
you most certainly will want to see Jesus waiting for you with open
arms. However, you do not know when your last hour will be. Your last
hour may come at any minute. A nuclear war or a natural disaster can
strike at any time. A drunk driver may take your life tomorrow. Today is
not just the first day of the rest of your life; today can be the first
day of eternity in paradise or hell, depending upon your decision.
Decide now. Accept Christ into your life and heart right now. He is
calling you this minute. He has been calling you but you have not
listened. In spite of the great horror of His crucifixion that you put
on Him, He forgives you. He loves you dearly. He loves you more than any
words can express.
FUTURE FACT: FEAR OF DEATH TO GRIP MILLIONS
Hebrews 2:14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too
shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who
holds the power of death--that is, the devil--15 and free those who all
their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (NIV)
Innate to human life is a fear of our future after death. You
are right to fear your future after your death because you do not have
what a scientist would call "hard data" on what is beyond your
last breath. However, when you accept Christ, you have no reason to fear
your future beyond death. When you accept Christ, you have a hope and a
certainty that you will live forever in a new mansion in Heaven.
Every human being hangs above the darkness of death by a slender
thread. The thread is not the thread of DNA. The slender thread is the
energy that activates the DNA...the energy we call life. Generally, you
are not even aware of hanging by a slender thread above the dark pit of
death until your life is threatened. When your life is threatened, by
whatever circumstance, you then begin to realize you are vulnerable.
When you realize you are vulnerable and you realize how vulnerable you
are, there can be feelings of desperation, fear, and even panic.
However, as you hang by the slender thread of life, those of you who
have accepted Christ as Savior, are not feeling any desperation, fear,
or panic. Instead of looking forward to darkness and uncertainty, those
of you who have accepted Christ look forward to Light, Love, and the
certainty of living in God's heaven for all eternity.
Many people refuse to accept the certainty that they will die.
When you finally see that you surely can die, then you get serious about
surviving death. You, along with every other human being, are vulnerable
to the moving scythe of the grim reaper. You are vulnerable because your
life is not permanent. Although life is terribly fragile and can slip
away from you at any moment, you need not have any fear of what happens
after you die. Although your life is temporary, you can have an
assurance that no matter how vulnerable you are now, you can live
forever through Christ who died for you.
FUTURE FACT: MILLIONS WILL BE CALLED TO ACCOUNT
Matthew 12:36 But I tell you that men will have to give account
on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For
by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be
Death takes its annual toll around the world. Millions will die
from old age, or disease, or plague, or war, or natural disaster. At
some point in the future, you will also die. When you die you will be
called to account. It will be your judgement day and you will stand
before God. You will stand before God and be judged. God will ask you,
in whatever manner He chooses, to give an account of your life. When you
give your account, you will also explain how your sin placed Christ on
the Cross. What will you say about your putting Christ on the Cross?
Will you say to the Lord that you really did not know you were part of
Christ's death? No, you will not say this because you cannot lie to God.
Will God show you your life and will you see a life too busy to love the
Lord? Will you look at your life and see so many people you could have
touched with the love of Christ but whose lives were diminished because
you had other priorities? On your day of judgement, will you stand
before God with Christ at your side and will Christ speak for you? On
your day of judgement, will Christ proclaim that you belong to Him? On
your day of judgement, will this time be a time of joy as the Great
Shepherd wraps His arms around you and welcomes you home? Think about it
today. What kind of account will you give in 2001 if the Lord calls you?