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How the story ends...

What will the end times look like?


If you were to name a handful of the most iconic landmarks in the United States, there’s a high probability your brief list would include San Francisco’s famed Golden Gate Bridge. 

It’s a suspension bridge, which means the bridge itself is suspended between two “towers” on either side.

Now, I want you to keep the mental picture of that particular structure in mind, because it illustrates an important theological truth.

The Scriptures teach that you and I are suspended between two huge earth-shaking events in human history.  One event is called the First Advent of Jesus.  Meaning His first coming and includes everything from the manger scene and Christ healing the blind to His resurrection and ascension to heaven.  The other event is called the Second Advent—it references a time which has yet to come when Christ returns to earth.

Right now in world history, you and I are traversing a bridge suspended by these two pivotal events.  At this point in our journey, we’re called to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age.

Right now in world history, you and I are traversing a bridge suspended by these two pivotal events.  At this point in our journey, we’re called to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age.

But even as we fulfill that purpose in our lives today, we’re also looking ahead to the Second Advent.  We are eagerly waiting for…

“… the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:13-14)

So in light of the tower we see ahead of us, how should we then live? 

You and I are to live every day as if Jesus won’t return for a thousand years—while at the same time knowing He could return any moment.

It’s a life filled with rich purpose and eager expectation of that glorious day to come.  A day when “he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other” (Matthew 24:31).

What this passage tells us is that when Christ appears, He will gather His chosen people, the people who were committed to living for God down here on Earth, and He will gather them from the four corners of the Earth, and we will see Him face to face!

In the meantime, we live between the two towers of the first and second coming. 

We look back, and we see that Jesus has come. We look forward, and we see that He will come again.  And we’re suspended between the two—living in the glad enjoyment of His First Advent, and with keen anticipation of His Second!

I’d love to encourage you more on the subject of Christ’s imminent return by sending you Pete’s 6-message teaching series called How the Story Ends.  In it, you’ll learn more about what the Second Advent of Christ will entail, how what we’re living through now is part of God’s plan, and how to live confidently and fully ready for His return!

How the Story Ends is my way to thank you for your gift to help share the hope of Christ’s First AND Second Advent with more people like Iris.  She shares…

“Your messages have been relevant to the things I have been dealing with.  They have given me tools for applying God’s Word to my everyday life and for the transforming of my mind.  It is God’s Word and God’s Truth, but you present it in a way that I can hold on to it in critical moments and through the crisis.”

Thank you for your kind gift of support today to help more people like Iris keep her focus on how the story ends and experience Life—true Life—in Jesus Christ. 

Jill, Pete, and I are grateful for you!

Sincerely,
Stuart Briscoe

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How the Story Ends

by Pete Briscoe

The return of Christ is promised in Scripture and every day brings it closer than before. Find out what you can expect with Pete Briscoe’s series How the Story Ends. Join Pete as he unravels the symbolism and meaning behind the prophet Daniel’s end-times visions – and encourages you with the promise of Christ’s ultimate victory that you will one day witness with your own eyes!

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