Most people live their lives as if they will not die and this world will not end. They act as if there is no afterlife existence. The number who profess to be believing Christians who know full well they are not living a godly life is astonishing. It is a known fact that many people are inclined to break the law, sin or do other things where punishment is likely if they perceive that the punishment will be in the distant future. For instance, few would beat a small baby to death (as happens so frequently) if they knew they would receive the exact same treatment within a few hours.
Our current court system is so slow and unsure, one may commit first degree murder and be sentenced to death, yet his chances of being freed later, or die on death row waiting for his execution are great. So murder continues to be a pastime for some.
But to risk eternal life in heaven for eternal punishment in hell, even if it was known to be far in the future, is absurd. The fact is that most people do not actually believe that choice is going to happen. Some choose to ignore it even though they do believe it. Some feel they will 'get straightened out later'. A fact which is very unlikely. Planning to repent later on is a farce.
The point is, one needs to watch the obituaries in their area. Many of those listed are young! There seems to be as many in their twenties as there are in the eighties. More than those in their nineties.
Every time there is even a small crisis in the middle east, some will begin to say it is the beginning of Armageddon. This frightens many people but few change their ways because of it. First of all, it is not the Armageddon people have been told. It has nothing to do with the end of time. But here is how the end of time will come:
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." (2 Peter 3:10 KJV)
But the point, which is certain, is that the end is very near for every person on this earth. There will be many deaths on this day, many on tomorrow, and on and on. Every person living today is highly unlikely to be here 100 years from now...probably none who are reading this article. So whether or not the end of time is near, the end of our time is assuredly near.
The Bible is very clear, as to our fate. here is a passage which no one could possibly misunderstand: "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" (Hebrews 9:27 KJV)
That excludes no one. As surely as a fertilized egg is attached to a mother's womb, its death is assured. And after that death, is the judgment. And that also, is explained. "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." (John 12:48 KJV)
In Jesus famous sermon on the mount, he points out that one must know what he has to do and must do it correctly: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7, 21-23 KJV)
Much of the need for obedience is clearly brought out in Jesus' sermon, a quote from it listed above, and it would be extremely helpful for the honest student to read the entire sermon. Never has there been a sermon such as this one, before or since. Click here.