REPENT! THE END IS NEAR! — Eschatology and Evangelism

2020 has been one doozy of a year (and it’s only halfway over)!  In addition to the global pandemic and riots, other parts of the world have seen invasions of locusts and military unease (especially with North Korea and South Korea).  The headline news seems like chapter of a Tim LaHaye novel.  As a believer in Christ, I am expecting the return of Christ.  It may be sooner or later, but Jesus is coming.  If believers are thinking about the end times, I wonder if non-believers are thinking about the end times?

This question was put to rest two days ago (as of this posting).  I went to purchase a tank of propane from a local gas station.  I struck up a conversation with the lady who was assisting me.  I asked her, “has it been busy today?”  Her reply, “Very!  People have been getting ready for the Sahara dust storm that is going to hit Kentucky” (only in 2020 does a Sahara dust cloud converge on Kentucky).  It was her next statement that struck me, she then said, “I wonder what’s coming next?”  My reply, “Maybe Jesus is coming next.” Lost people ARE thinking about the end.

How many people are observing the year 2020 and are asking the same question, “what’s coming next?”  Is it possible that the Lord is using the events of 2020 to get the attention of non-believers?  I know that the Lord has gotten my attention, so why can’t he get the attention of others?  

In my observation, it seems that the eschatology discussions were more prevalent about 20 years ago.  I’m not hearing a lot of people discuss eschatology as I use to hear.  Nevertheless, I believe that Christians should not shy away from talking about the return of Christ. This is especially true when we evangelize.  Regardless if you are a premillennialist, postmillennialist, amillennialist, pre-trib, mid-trib, or post-trib (what a mouth full), here are some biblical reasons to incorporate the return of Christ into your evangelism.

We are living in the last days

Have you ever noticed how Peter began his famous Pentecost sermon?   He begins the sermon with a quotation from Joel 2:28-32.  The first and last line of his quotation is worth our attention.  It reads, 

“And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all people;”  (Acts 2:17)

and

“Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  (Acts 2:21)

Peter’s use of Joel indicates that the end times began when the Spirit was given.  What is really noteworthy is that Joel’s quote ends with the offer of salvation to everyone who believes.  It has been nearly 2,000 years since Peter declared that the last days had begun, this indicates to me that the completion of “the end” is closer than ever!  We too should view these as last days and do all we can to share the gospel.

God is waiting for people to be saved

 Many years later Peter would speak about “the end” again.  This time it would be in his second epistle.  Jesus had not returned when Peter wrote his epistle, but Peter gave a wonderful explanation of the Lord’s tarrying.  He writes, 

“The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. . . “ (2 Peter 3:9)

Peter connects the Lord’s tarrying with a desire for people to be saved.  God, in His sovereignty, is delaying the second coming of Christ so that more will repent and believe.  This delay reflects the loving heart of God.  Christians would be wise to remember that people cannot believe unless they first hear (Romans 10:14).  Every hour the Lord waits is another hour that we can share the Gospel.

The end will come

Even though Peter declares that the Lord is waiting so others will repent, it is important to read what he writes next.  He writes,

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, on that day the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the earth and the works on it will be disclosed.”  (2 Peter 3:10)

Peter is clear, the end will come.  That day will surprise many.  The heavens will pass away and all will be burned up.  The secret sins of people will be exposed, and sadly, those that do not know the Lord will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:15).  

Since we do not know when that day will come, Christians should be motivated (with urgency) to share the Gospel.  If we miss an opportunity to share the Gospel with someone, we are not guaranteed that we will get another opportunity.  We should seize every moment as another moment to present the gospel to everyone we can.

Will Jesus come back in 2020?

I have no idea if Jesus will come back in 2020!  All I know is that He’s coming back.  2020 should be a wakeup call to all Christians to regain a passion for evangelism.  2020 has revealed the fear, racism, hatred, and anger that lies inside the hearts of many.  The only cure for such things is Jesus Christ.  Christ may or may not come back in 2020, but he can come into the life of a lost person who repents and believes.

Let’s go back to the gas station I was at a couple of days ago.  The lady asked, “What’s coming next,” and I replied with, “Maybe Jesus is coming next.”  This opened the door for me to present the Gospel to this lady.  I shared the plan of salvation with her and encouraged her to believe.  She did not accept Christ, but I was able to leave her a Gospel tract.  I pray that Jesus will come into her heart.

I also pray, that in these end times, we will do all we can to tell people about Jesus. 

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