And THEN Shall the End Come
Vol: 22 Issue: 25 Friday, July 25, 2003
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come..
The Great Commission given by Jesus to His Church rings down through the ages; to all churches and all generations, the single most important purpose for a Christian s life is to be a witness to all people of the power of salvation. God effects change in different people in different ways, according to His purpose.
For some, seeing the transformation of a person s life from one of sin to one of piety is a miracle of God that kindles a spiritual hunger to know more about the Savior. For others, however, just telling someone that if Jesus can save a sinner like you, then it means He can save anybody. And that is oftentimes enough. God knows — that’s why He expects us to trust Him.
The message of the Gospel is not about being perfect, it is about being saved. It s about TRUSTING Jesus, not only to save you, but to transform your life according to His purpose. And about telling others the Good News.
I was speaking this morning with one of our writers, Joe Wynne. He asked me about the new book and how it is going. We began to discuss the book s release (scheduled for October) and how it will impact things in general. One of the things I dread about this whole book process is still ahead. It is the part where the publisher books radio and TV interviews so that I can shamelessly promote myself something that makes my skin crawl. It is all part of the whole process, but it is kind of creepy. (I know me the way God knows me)
The book is not an end unto itself, but rather, a means to an end. In promoting the book, I will have a chance to promote the Omega Letter website, which is, of course, my real ministry. Leading someone to Christ through a book, or through some column the Lord uses to open someone s eyes to their lost condition is gratifying, but the problem with website conversions is that there is no follow up. Being a Christian is hard work. A website conversion means one more spiritual infant thrust into the world without guidance.
The Omega Letter has a unique mission. While most websites for Christians offer sermons or Bible verses, or seek to convert the lost to Christ, the Omega Letter seeks to strengthen the faith and knowledge of the one-on-one evangelists out there. While a big website dedicated to leading the lost to Christ might result in many conversions, there remains the problem of then what? to consider.
The Omega Letter is, to my knowledge, unique, in that we focus on providing you with the tools you need to clearly demonstrate the accuracy of Scripture, the nearness of the Lord s return and the evidence of Bible prophecy, so that YOU can not only lead that person to Christ, but be there to disciple them afterwards.
The Omega Letter reaches places I would never have dreamed of. Australia, South Africa, Bahrain, the UK, Ireland, Mexico even FRANCE! Jesus said that when the Gospel is preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations — THEN shall the end come.
I read in the forums and in my emails of the effectiveness of the Omega Letter so far people forward them to their friends, then their friends begin to ask questions, or they forward them to other friends. . . each one tells one about the Kingdom.
As many of you know, I also am the editor of Hal Lindsey Oracle. We ran a poll once there to try and get a feel for our audience. I was astounded to find that less than one percent said they were NOT already born again Christians.
A Christian website draws Christians in many cases then, we find ourselves preaching to the choir. The Omega Letter doesn t preach to the choir, but instead it focuses on making disciples of the King, ready to Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2nd Timothy 4:2) and prepared to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. (1 Peter 3:15).
Every one of you has put your money where your mouth is and, in so doing, are helping to keep this work moving forward. The forums testify to the effectiveness of our shared mission. Each of you is as much a part of the overall mission as any of us here. Not just by your prayers and financial support — both greatly appreciated — but by USING this information to advance the Kingdom.
The purpose of the Omega Letter is to help move things along by preaching the Gospel into all the world by equipping evangelists in all the world. Jesus said that once that is accomplished, THEN shall the end come.
Each of us is a part of that effort, but you play the larger role. Each one, tell one.
And THEN shall the end come.