"For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be." - Matthew 24:21
From my earliest years, I remember seeing people walking up and down city streets with signs that warned of the impending end of the world. The years have passed and there seems to be no end in sight. Yet, every year there seems to be a new harbinger of world devastation which convinces some people and further hardens others into unrepentant skepticism. The lingering question remains: will there ever be a judgment day?
The answer is clear and sobering as it comes from the lips of our loving and compassionate Savior. He never carried a sign or encouraged the building of survivalist bunkers. Jesus just told it like it would be and left the warning waft in the air of time and space. A time is coming, "such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be". Yes, my dear friend, there will be a judgement day.
The greater question is, "how then shall we live?" Our Lord placed no set time for that moment, just the factual account of its coming. Just because that day has not yet arrived, should not lull us to sleep my friend. Be alert and busy about the Lord's work, for our time is short. While the present family of God will be delivered from that hour (1 Thessalonians 5:9), we need to be watchmen that sound the alarm. In the words often used by the nineteenth century preacher Charles Spurgeon, "Turn or Burn" for Judgement day is coming.