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Minister’s forum: Life is precious, consider the future

Thurston Ott

Enough books have been written on the subject of the prophecy down through the ages to strip bare a large paper-producing forest.

Today, there are so many writers on the subject they confuse the most astute inquirers. Since the resurrection of Jesus Christ, many throughout the world have looked for His imminent return, going so far as to sell their possessions and await His return on some mountain top. Unless you possess books on prophecy written by devout, born-again Christians you might as well throw them away.

The Bible has all the answers you need about the future and end of this age, the end of this world, and the end of mankind.

Jesus sat down with His disciples on the Mount of Olives and in Matthew 24:3. “The disciples came to Him privately, saying ‘Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming and end of the age?’ “

Verse 4: “And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Take heed that no one deceives you.’ ” Verse 5: “For many will come in My name saying, ‘I am the Christ.’ and will deceive many.” Verse 6, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Verse 7, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places.”

Let me point out the futility of mankind to predict the future about anything, much less the end of the world. In Matthew 24:36 Jesus tells us, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

Verse 38: “For as in the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

As yourself the question before it is too late. “Is it well with my soul?” Are you ready to meet eternity without God and without hope? Don’t let these few precious days slip by without considering your future.

The Clock: The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop at late or early hour. To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed. To lose one’s health is more. To lose one’s soul is such a loss that no one can restore.

-Thurston Ott is pastor of Snowcross Community Church.


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