This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #377 titled, “What Does the Future Hold?” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
Most people seem to think that the world is becoming, or will inevitably become, a better place in which to live. It is felt that through education, diplomacy, and scientific advances, most people will live longer, better, and more peaceful lives than any who have lived before. Is this really what’s next?
Not according to Jesus! Not long before He left this world about two thousand years ago He said, “As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”. There are two very important things in this statement. First, Jesus reiterates His promise to return to the world (more about this later). Second, when He comes, the condition of the world will be the same as it was in the days of Noah. What is said about the world then? We are told, “The earth was corrupt” and “filled with violence”. The headlines on the evening news and in the world’s newspapers every day show that in spite of our “advanced civilization” and modern technology, these two evils—corruption and violence—are filling the world today.
Places where it was once safe to walk at night are now the scenes of crime during the day, and many things that God has always called corruption and sin are now accepted as “personal choices” and “lifestyles.” Note the words of Jesus again: “As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” By looking around at events and conditions in the world today, we believe that “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”.
His coming will occur in two stages, fulfilling two very different promises. First, the Lord Jesus Christ will come to the air with a shout, raise the bodies of Christians who have died, change the bodies of the living believers, and rapture them all to heaven, “that where I am there ye may be also”. Then, later, all who have rejected Christ will be judged “when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:” … “Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness”.
What’s next in God’s schedule of events for you? Will you be among those who “know not God,” and perish in your sins, or will you be among the blood-bought people of God, and be caught up in a moment of time to be forever with Christ?
Knowing God is not believing that He exists; it is not saying prayers or going to church or doing good works. Knowing God is entering into a personal relationship with Him through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, who said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me”. Jesus Christ has provided the only way by which hell-deserving sinners like us can have our sins washed away when He “bare our sins in His own body on the tree” and “rose again the third day”.
In order to be ready for what’s next—the Second Coming of Christ—you must realize that you need salvation, God’s Book, the Holy Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. You must realize that without Jesus Christ, there is no salvation, The Bible says in Acts 4:12, “…for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”. You must realize that you cannot earn salvation, Ephesians 2:8,9 states, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast”. You must simply trust what Jesus has done for you, The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Acts 16:31 says, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”
Turn in faith to Jesus today and He will take away your burden of sin—no matter how great it is. Only then will you know the One who holds the future in His Hands, and be ready for what’s next.
If you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at [email protected] and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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