|Aging, Death and the
God's original plan for life was longevity (Gen 2:9, 16, Rev 22:2). However, as a result of humanity's fall, physical death was given as the punishment for disobeying God (Gen 3:19). The Bible goes on to reveal that there is a life after death (Lk 16:19-31) and this is evidenced in recent studies of resuscitated patients.
The process of aging is a constant reminder of our own death on the horizon. With an afterlife, the issue of death becomes more far reaching. We need to get to know God and resolve eternal issues now. Jesus stresses immediacy because death's timing is unknown (Lk 12:16-21).
Events in the End Times
There is a sequence of events that occur in the end times which include:
There are numerous Bible passages which picture the specific events during the end times. Like the origin of the universe, there are different views of these events and their order. A good method to solve this puzzle is to parallel all relevant passages and determine a chronological order. Once the general order of events is sorted out, one can answer the "smaller" yet still popular questions like, "what happens to believers in the end times?"
Eternity in Heaven or Hell
There are two ultimate destinies in eternity. As we saw above, there is quite a contrast between heaven and hell. Of course, this makes the stakes higher to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. But if God is the center of the universe, why wouldn't we want to enjoy a relationship with Him now and for eternity?
In conclusion, God initiates, oversees and receives all of His works back to Himself. God's works all come back glorifying Him and the culmination of all is His work of eternity. God is the beginning and end of all.