Originally posted by Leveller
Originally posted by cyberpilot
But I dont know where you came up with that load...
Read the Bible then. You'll find plenty of instances where it is made clear that Judgement Day was imminent.
Also look through your history books. You'll find every sect believed that they were living through the End of Days.
Yes many did believe that the end was imminent but, Revelation was written for the ''end of times'' just before this world will cease to exist
every sect maybe, but just because they thought the end would come soon , does not mean that the BIBLE is wrong about the ''end of the world ''
and the rise of the ANTICHRIST will not happen.....one has to know to discern the times and signs given to us through the Holy fathers of the
Church.....not from any person who claims to receive visions and prophetic insight from whoever it is they are receiving their knowledge from.
The Antichrist will be a great leader who will come into power and fool many people ....he will bring the end of the world ....and those that do not
heed to his commands and follow him , he will seek to destroy .......he will be known to the whole world ....not just a minority group.
As the time of the end of this world comes near, it is true that there will be a time of tribulation such as the world has never seen [Matt 24:21]:
there will be famines,
wars and rumors of wars,
false prophets and false Christs,
and the love of many (including Christians) will grow cold.
But at the same time the Gospel will be preached to all nations,
and those who endure to the end with the aid of Christ will be saved.
The evil and false religion in the world will culminate in the reign of Antichrist,
a world ruler who will seem to bring peace out of the world disorder and will seem to be Christ come again to earth, reigning from the restored
Temple in Jerusalem.
But there will be those who see through the deception. In particular,
two Old Testament prophets who did not die will return to earth — Elijah to convert the Jews,
and Enoch to preach to the other nations.
The short reign of Antichrist — only three and a half years - will end in new disorders and wars,
in the midst of which Christ Himself will come from heaven, preceded by the sign of the Cross,
and this world will be consumed by fire and totally renewed,
at the same time that the bodies of the dead will arise from the tomb and be rejoined to their souls in order to stand before God's final judgment.
the fearful warning of the Lord: "Many will say to Me in that day,
Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name?
and in Thy name have cast out devils?
and in Thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity" (Matt. 7:22-23).
St. Paul continues his warning about the coming of antichrist with this command: "Therefore,
and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word,
or our epistle" (2 Thess. 2:15).
"There be some that trouble you,
and would pervert the Gospel of Christ.
But though we,
or an angel from heaven,
preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you,
let him be anathema.
As we said before,
so say I now again: If any preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be anathema" (Gal. 1:8-9).
The main purpose of our earthly existence is to prepare for eternity.
Christian wisdom dictates that the precious gift of time be exploited to its maximum in order to inherit eternal life.
Our Lord Jesus Christ in His many sermons called upon His followers to value time and to live in constant readiness to give account of our
life:"Watch therefore, for or you do not know at what hour your Lord is coming" (Mt. 24:42).
See also the description of the Last Judgment in Mt. 25:31-46; the parables of the Lord about the wheat and the chaff (Mt. 13:24-30), about the
workers awaiting for their master to come (Lk. 12:35-40),
about the unjust steward (Lk. 16:1-13),
about the great supper (Lk. 14:16-24),
about the talents (Mt. 25:14-30),
about the workers in the vineyard (Mt. 20:1-16),
about the ten virgins (Mt. 25:1-13) and other sermons. Although most people fear death and avoid thinking about it,
the apostles instruct Christians to meditate often about the impending meeting with the Lord because such thoughts lead them to a more alert and pious
way of life.
"Establish your hearts,
for the coming of the Lord is near," wrote the Apostle James. "Behold, the Judge is standing at the door" (James 5:8-9).
From the ancient Christian writings we conclude that the majority of the early Christians anxiously awaited the return to earth of the Lord Jesus
Their expectations were supported, on the one hand, by the atmosphere of constant persecutions and martyrdom which surrounded them.
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