Endure!

Matthew 24:13. “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

Context is extremely important here. The word saved, or sozo in the Greek, can speak of personal salvation or of being delivered, rescued, protected. In this passage, which is prophetic of the events of the end times, the application is necessarily to those saints who endure the events of the great Tribulation period, who stay faithful, who depend upon God. Those who endure to the end will be delivered.

And what is that end spoken of here?  It is the end of all things of this world, not just the end of an era or a period of time. It is the end of the world as we know it. The Greek word here is telos, and means the actual end of anything, not just sunteleia, which is the joining of two ages.

In order to gain the clearest understanding of these things, one must really study the book of Revelation along with the book of Daniel and the other major and minor prophets of the Old Testament. That is not my purpose here. What I’m hoping to do is to give you enough to make you curious, to encourage you to look into these matters yourself. There is a sad lack of concern with eschatology today.  I have heard pastors dismiss it with a shrug, feeling it is so obscure or unrelated to reality that they spend no time in the study or teaching of it. The study of the end times is certainly  not simple, but understanding what the Bible says in these matters gives a wonderful hope and knowledge that no matter how bad things get down here, God already has the victory. Satan WILL be vanquished; sin WILL  be abolished;  God WILL be the victor before Whom every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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