The Book End
“At that time Michael, the archangel who stands guard over your nation, will arise. Then there will be a time of anguish greater than any since nations first came into existence. But at that time every one of your people whose name is written in the book will be rescued” (Daniel 12.1 NLT).
We don’t need to know Bible Eschatology (study of end time events) to see what is already a prevalent theme in our culture. Movies, television shows, books, songs and art have all analyzed the topic of “What happens when the world ends?” Whether by ice, comets, aliens or atomic weapons, people have considered the possibility of this organic earth wasting away and/or dying in a cataclysmic event. Life as we know it is fading away. Our bodies die, generations die, civilizations die and this earth will eventually die. However, as Christians we have hope in a New Heaven and New Earth (Revelations 21.1). We also have the promise of eternal bodies and rebirth in God’s Eternal Kingdom (2 Corinthians 5.1-5, John 3.3 & Romans 6.4). However, in our sinful state, we are separated from the Father. Based on our own merit we cannot dwell in the presence of a Holy God in heaven with our decaying sin on board. We must be holy as God is holy. God knew we couldn’t reach this right-standing (righteousness) alone, so He sent Himself in the world to take our sins and give us His righteousness (Romans 3.23 & John 3.16). Through Jesus Christ, God’s love and law co-exist. Those who accept Jesus’ finished work on the Cross and receive Him as Lord and Savior will have their names “written in the book” that will rescue them from an eternity void of God (hell).
“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail” (Isaiah 51.6 NIV).