Sunday Devotional: The End of All Things

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. . . is foretold not just in Revelation.

Daniel 12:1-3

In those days, I Daniel,
heard this word of the Lord:
“At that time there shall arise
Michael, the great prince,
guardian of your people;
it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress
since nations began until that time.
At that time your people shall escape,
everyone who is found written in the book.

“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake;
some shall live forever,
others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.

“But the wise shall shine brightly
like the splendor of the firmament,
and those who lead the many to justice
shall be like the stars forever.”

St. Michael end days

Mark 13:24-32

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In those days after that tribulation
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

“And then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’
with great power and glory,
and then he will send out the angels
and gather his elect from the four winds,
from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

“Learn a lesson from the fig tree.
When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves,
you know that summer is near.
In the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that he is near, at the gates.
Amen, I say to you,
this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.

“But of that day or hour, no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Jesus with angels
Our Lord Jesus Christ said even He doesn’t know the day or hour when all things end. Only the Father knows.
So we are not to obsess about when the End of All Things will come, for if it’s the end, certainly there is nothing we can do to stop it or protect ourselves from it with bomb shelters and survival food.
Even if the world doesn’t end in our lifetime, the end of all things separately will come to each of us when our mortal lives end. So the sensible thing to do is to live each day well and good, having done our utmost in God’s assignment for us, so that we go to bed every night with a clear conscience.
The Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength.
May the joy and peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

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  1. Amen

  2. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    We were warned.

  3. My late father was a very religious man, and he never let on just how much he knew. Looking back and remembering, in all seriousness, I think he may (I said, “may” and not definitely) have been a mystic, even if he did not know it. We were talking—I was eight or nine years old, President Kennedy had just been killed, so it was around 1964 or 1965—that he had an eerie feeling that the world would end in my lifetime, although he admitted freely that he had “been wrong before.”
    Certain things seem to be happening that would indicate that Bible prophecy is beginning to unfold, or that certain things mentioned in the Bible are beginning to happen. Or they are about to happen.
    One one occasion, Our Lord told his Apostles, “Not even the Son of Man knows,” as if to say, “It’s none of your business.” Yet, on another occasion, He tells us to “read the Signs of the Times.”
    So it’s silly and even profane to predict a time frame—at least without reading those Signs. Things look really bad right now—they have never been this bad.
    One of the things I was told and led to accept that, before Christ comes to Judge the Living and the Dead and end History, there will have to be an Apocalypse, meaning that the world will see (corporately), by its own sins just how immoral and sinful it really is. This was explained to me that the very word “apocalypse” means a revealing or an unveiling. This would happen, in part, to give the world one last chance to repent.
    I have also read—and I believe—that there would be Three Days of Darkness. I have also read—and believe—that there would be a War so terrible that “it would take seven years to bury the dead.” (“Seven” being a symbolic number, I would imagine).
    Some really good sources who discuss Bible Prophecy and try to see our times through them are Hagmann & Hagmann, Dr. Ted Broer and William Tapley. All can be found on You Tube for free. It’s an awful lot for me, with my schedule, to absorb. (It’s an awful lot for ANYONE, given the voluminous content, for anyone to absorb, I think). But we must consider what we hear carefully and without panic and alarm (which I am prone to).
    At the age of almost 60, I don’t think I will be here to see it. No matter: The souls in Heaven and Purgatory will be told what is happening and when. But from what I have heard, and I am trying to “read the Signs of the Times,” is that these next two decades or so—from now until about 2030 or so—is that things will be bad: One-world government is coming, and so is War. (I have also stated my eerie suspicion that the Anti-Christ is alive on Earth now).
    So we have a CHRONOLOGICAL “end.” But we have ANOTHER “end,” and that END is the purpose for which we were made: To be happy with God Almighty in the Next Life FOREVER. THIS is the END for which we were made. Our Lord (and the Holy Ghost in Scripture) have announced that this WILL HAPPEN. THIS is the End for which we must prepare!

    • the best ways to “prepare”: repent, accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. As Ephesians 6:12-18 spells out:
      “12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Amen.
      Also, thank you Steven for sharing 🙂

  4. Dr Eowyn . . . . . Of all the Sunday Devotionals you have treated us to, this one is absolutely outstanding. The quote from Daniel particularly where it says, “those who sleep in the earth shall awake–some shall live forever, others shall be in everlasting horror and disgrace.” I pray that all of us will live our lives in a manner that will qualify us to be among those that shall live forever. This would include having the society of our loved-ones who also qualified to live forever.

  5. Wonderful post Dr. Eowyn!
    I pray every person who has not found Jesus or who has turned his heart away from Jesus to open their hearts and minds to receive and “know” His love before it’s too late. Amen.

    • MomOfIV, I notice that in your comments on FOTM, you invariably remind us of Jesus and His offer of redemption. Thank you!

      • Dr. Eowyn,
        Just as you do with your weekly devotionals (which I look forward to),
        I only mention what Jesus wants for all of us.
        Thank you for all that you do for us. 🙂

  6. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this beautiful post. I love the first Reading from Daniel, where St. Michael is mentioned in the Old Testament. I wonder if it was St. Michael who subdued the lions in the den, protecting Daniel from death.
    The Church begins to study the last four things, death, judgment, heaven and hell. We must remember to be constantly vigilant so that we will be ready to be before the Holy Trinity after we die. May Our Lord be with us and our family in the Church Triumphant help us!


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