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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2011 05:12:56 -0800 (PST)
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Straight to the Cross

Richard Mansel goes to the Bible to answer ... "The
Most Important Question." Great for classes, groups,
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COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

The coming day of the Lord (4)
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor
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Parts One through Three
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   "But the day of the Lord will come as a
   thief in the night, in which the heavens
   will pass away with a great noise, and the
   elements will melt with fervent heat; both
   the earth and the works that are in it will
   be burned up"(2 Peter 3:10, NKJV; cf. 1
   Thessalonians 5:1-6).

Everything that we know in our universe will be
destroyed, which is beyond the imagination of humanity.
We simply cannot conceive of it with our own senses.
Only the Lord can save us from its terror (Hebrews
11:1,6; Deuteronomy 32:22; Matthew 13:40; Luke 3:17).

Nothing will remain of humanity's feeble
accomplishments. The moment will dwarf the laughable
Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). Man's absurdity will
be exposed as God incinerates the universe.

All that remains will be the Godhead and the spiritual
aspects of humanity. Everything that humans use to
divide will be gone. We will stand helpless before God
to be judged according to our deeds (Romans 2:6;
Matthew 16:27; Revelation 2:23).

The terror of that day, in the minds of those outside
of Christ, will be unprecedented. Nothing can prepare
us for what will happen if we are outside of Christ.

How do we avoid the eternal nightmare from which we
cannot awaken?

   "Therefore, since all these things will be
   dissolved, what manner of persons ought you
   to be in holy conduct and godliness," (2
   Peter 3:11).

Salvation is only found in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). We
cannot hope to be saved outside of Christ. We will be
as helpless as those outside of the Ark (Genesis 8:15-
22).

We must be immersed into Christ for the remission of
our sins (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27). It
is the only path of salvation available to us (John
14:6; 1 Peter 3:21).

The final fire will burn off the dross and leave the
golden and precious. The soul is all that matters and
it is often the last thing man considers.

   "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole
   matter: Fear God and keep His commandments,
   For this is man's all. For God will bring
   every work into judgment, Including every
   secret thing, Whether good or evil."
   (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

Will we be ready when the end comes? Will we be ready
to face the final judge when our lives end? If not,
make them right today.   

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