But it will be soon. How do I know?
Because God did not want us to be ignorant about it. Concerning the end He said, "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door." (Matt. 24":32-33) so He gave us a very specific picture of what is going to happen before the world ends. And it hasn't happened yet.
So what is suppose to happen before the world ends?
I am going to be pretty brief and as clear as I can about the seven years before the end. (Mostly because I know a lot of people are going to be wondering about it today and my kids just got up.)
Before the end there will be, "wars and rumor of wars... nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains." (Matt. 24:6-8 Revelation describes these same events as the four horsemen.)
At the start of the 7 year period Russia and Iran will attack Israel. And there will be a man that arises (many speculate it is the 12th imam) that comes to bring peace. After 3 and 1/2 years he will enter the new temple built by the Jews in Israel (which has every single element they need to build at this very second, they are just waiting for the go ahead) and will make a sacrifice on the altar. The person who does this is the anti-Christ. He will be loved by almost everyone and will do signs and wonders and will call himself god.
The anti-Christ entering the temple is the Abomination of Desolation and that will mark the last 3 1/2 years before the End of the World as we know it. This period is going to be awful upon awful. This is when God's full wrath will be released on mankind. Sores, rivers and waters turning to blood, men scorches with fire, animals attacking people, Euphrates River dries up, the largest earthquake ever. People will want to die, but wont be able to.
But then! The greatest of all chapters! Revelation 19. Jesus returns. (He wont have to announce and convince people He is God (like the anti-Christ) we will all know because He will come riding on a white horse as to battle from the sky. The people who trust Him with their life will be with Him.
Big battle... Jesus destroying evil. Think justice. (Seriously trying to keep it brief, but this is going to be incredible!)
And then a new earth will be made... heaven on earth. Awesome beyond awesome! (I wish I had time to talk more about it-it is the most exciting part.) And there is so much more to say about the scroll... if you have time, please read it. It is fasinating. A big long, but fasinating!
So the question for us is... how does your life fit into all this? How do you fit into this whole story God is writing? Click the story book below.