Coronavirus Pandemic, End-Times and Your Preservation
1. HAS THE END COME?
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus Pandemic, all the inhabitants of the whole world have been living in fear and uncertainties unprecedented in recent history. Nobody seems to know what will happen next. The atmosphere is that of the picture of the Last days painted in the Scriptures, when the world as it presently exists shall come to an end. Jesus said that this period, also known as the End-times, would be characterized by wars, rumours of wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes in many places. (Matthew 24:6-8) The Coronavirus Pandemic is a pestilence that is not just occurring in many places, but throughout the entire world, and with no established solution yet! This is one of the things that make it frightening. In one of the scriptural prophecies of God’s judgment on the earth in the Last days, Prophet Isaiah wrote:
1“Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. 2And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. 7The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. 8The mirth of the tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoiceth endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. 9They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. 10The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. 11There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. 12In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.” (Isaiah 24:1-2, 7-12)
Many of the things in this passage and many more in the whole chapter are being experienced in the Coronavirus Pandemic. They include:
(a) The pandemic has no respect for person or class. It is affecting everyone alike: young and old; male and female; poor and rich; low and mighty; all religions; first, second and third worlds. (Isaiah 24:2)
(b) Most of the world’s bustling city centres are deserted as people stay indoors. (Isaiah 24:12)
(c) Many people now stay indoors either by choice or government order, rarely opening their doors to outsiders. (Isaiah 24:10b)
(d) Social events like weddings, anniversaries and burial ceremonies usually celebrated with funfair in big parties are either cancelled, indefinitely postponed or marked low-key with very few people in attendance. (Isaiah 24:8)
(e) Many people are losing jobs and income and therefore finding sustenance difficult. (Isaiah 24:11)
(f) Restaurants and bars are closing down; many hotels are empty and beaches deserted. All the merrymakers are nowhere to be found! (Isaiah 24:7-9)
(g) In many places, joy is at its lowest ebb. (Isaiah 24:11 NLT)
These indeed are times of uncertainties; and the question many believers are asking is, “Has the end come?” If it has, what am I to do to escape the hardships and the distresses divinely programmed for the End-times?
2.0 THE END OF THE WORLD
The term “End of the World” is used in two ways in the Scriptures. It is important to first distinguish them.
The first is that, it is used to describe a period of time that God takes some significant steps towards and culminating in, bringing this world as it presently exists to an end, to be replaced by a new one. (Matthew 12:32; Luke 18:30; Ephesians 1:21) In this respect, it is referred to as the “Last days” or “End-times.”
The second is that, it is used to refer to the final end which is the climax of the Last days. In this respect, it is referred to as the “Day of the Lord” or the “Great Day of the Lord.”
2.1 THE LAST DAYS
The “Last days” refers to the period defined by the first coming of Christ to the earth, and His second coming. We all know His first coming that culminated in His ascension to heaven after His death and resurrection. His second coming is when He shall return from heaven to the earth. When He comes, He shall execute judgment on the enemies of God; the earth shall be dissolved to give place to the new earth in which He will commence His one thousand years reign. (Revelation 19: 11-21, 20:4-6; 2 Peter 3:10-13) Some of the Scriptures that point to this period as the “Last days” or “End-times” are:
(a) “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
(b) Speaking on the day of Pentecost, a few days after the ascension of Christ to heaven, Peter, among other things, said: “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh…” (Acts 2:16-17a) God began to pour out the Holy Spirit upon all flesh on that day of Pentecost, thus confirming it as the early part of the Last days.
(c) In the Book of Daniel, this period is referred to as the “Time of the End,” which Bible historians have shortened to “End-times.” (Daniel 8:17, 11:35, 40, 12:4, 9, 9:26, 27) Daniel 9:26 reads: “After this period of 434 years, the Anointed One will be killed, his kingdom still unrealized…and a king will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple. They will be overwhelmed as with a flood, and war and its miseries are decreed from that time to the very end.” (Daniel 9:26 TLB) This vision was ordained for fulfilment from when Christ would be killed to the very end of the world – the “Time of the End.” (Daniel 12:9)
(d) “…but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (Hebrews 9:26b) Jesus put away sin by dying on the Cross as sacrifice, at His first coming that marked the beginning of the end of the world – the “Last days.”
(e) “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world re come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11) “Our” here refers to the New Testament saints during whose time the ages would be brought to their climax – their consummation and concluding period. (1 Corinthians 10:11 AMP) The time of the New Testament saints began on the day of Pentecost when the Church was birthed, and it will continue to the very end of the age marked by the Second Coming of Christ.
For the avoidance of doubt, we are in the “Last days” – the “End-times.”
2.2 THE DAY OF THE LORD
The Day of the Lord is the climax of the Last days – the Second Coming of Christ to the earth to execute judgment on all the enemies of God, preparatory to commencing His Millennial reign. (Joel 1:15, 2:1, 11, 31: Malachi 4:5; Zephaniah 1:14-18; Acts 2:20; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation6:17) Some of the scriptural references for this final end are:
(a) 3“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:3, 6)
(b) “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.” (Matthew 24:14)
(c) “But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.” (1 Corinthians 15:23-24) Christ will deliver the Kingdom to the Father after executing judgment on the enemies of God to clear them out of the earth at His Second Coming.
(d) 33“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:33, 36)
The final end is what no one knows, but the Father. But in Matthew 24:6-30, Jesus mentioned some of the events and activities that would take place in the Last days as the signs of its imminence. What are these events and activities? Knowledge of them and when they would take place will help us to locate where we are in the journey to this final end.
3.0 MAJOR EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE LAST DAYS
Six major events were programmed by God to take place in the Last days. They are:
(a) World-wide evangelism.
(b) Manifestation of the sons of God.
(d) Tribulation/Great Tribulation
(e) Second Coming of Christ
(f) Commencement of Christ’s one thousand years reign.
3.1 WORLD-WIDE EVANGELISM
Jesus said: “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.” (Matthew 24:14) The Gospel is preached by believers through the power of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 61:1-3; Acts 1:8) This began on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came, and it shall continue to the very end of the Last days, at Christ’s Second Coming. The main purpose is to set free those in bondage to Satan the enemy, through sin, thereby depopulating his kingdom to populate the Kingdom of God. This is how the Kingdom of God is progressively expanded till the Second Coming of Christ to complete and conclude the expansion to cover the whole earth to fulfil Revelation 11:15: “The whole world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.” (NLT); (Isaiah 9:7; Daniel 2:34, 35, 44, 7:18, 22, 27)
3.2 MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD
The manifestation of the sons of God is a major activity of the Last days that is rarely talked about compared to the other major activities; yet, it is what the whole creation has for ages been waiting for, for its bail-out from corruption. (Romans 8:19-23) The principal mission of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is to turn him to a son of God who is manifesting His supernatural nature as a life-style to fulfil His purpose on the earth (Malachi 3:1-3; Romans 8:14) This purpose is to fill the earth with the glory of God – to establish it as His Kingdom where all things reflect His glory. (Numbers 14:21; Isaiah 43:7) This is the main purpose of the adoption (Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:4-5, 11) The believer will fulfil this purpose when he is conformed to the image of Christ. (Romans 8:28-30) He will become conformed to the image of Christ by His baptism into Christ to become perfect and filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 3:27) This is when he becomes complete in Christ to manifest his son-ship as Christ did. (Colossians 2:6-10; Romans 1:3-4) Then:
(a) He will secure the spirit of faith (the faith of Christ and of God) to manifest God’s nature as a life-style. (Colossians 2:12; Galatians 2:20)
(b) Through the spirit of faith, he will be doing the works that Jesus did and even surpass them. (John 14:12; Ephesians 4:13)
(c) Through the spirit of faith, he will cleave to Jesus in holy wedlock to access eternal life as a life-style to live forever. (Romans 11:17-20; 1 Corinthians 6:16-17) Eternal life is the very life of God that is incorruptible and indestructible.
(d) By his resurrection with Christ through his baptism into Christ to become perfect, he will achieve equality with angels and begin to manifest like them. (Romans 6:3-9; Colossians 2:12; Luke 20:34-36) Angels excel in strength, power and wisdom. (Psalm 103:20; Isaiah 37:36; 2 Samuel 14:17, 20)
(e) In this present world, he will begin to manifest the powers of the world to come – Christ’s Millennial Kingdom. (Luke 20:34-35)
(f) Part of the nature of God he will begin to manifest as a life-style are the power of God and the wisdom of God to exercise dominion over Satan and his agents; he will be ruling in the midst of the enemy. (Ephesians 1:19-21, 3:10; Psalm 110:2-3; Revelation 5:9-10)
(g) Through the nature of God he is manifesting as a life-style, he will be reflecting unusual dimension of God’s glory that will be attracting multitude of souls to him to be saved into the Kingdom of God. He will become one of Christ’s End-time reaper angels. (Zechariah 8:23; Isaiah 60:1-3)
(h) His perfection makes him wholly sanctified unto holiness to be rapture-ready at all times. (Ephesians 5:27; 1 Thessalonians 5:23) When he goes at Rapture, more believers will become perfect during the Great Tribulation to manifest as sons of God till Christ’s Second Coming. (Daniel 12:9-10; Revelation 7:13-14)
(i) It is his perfection that makes him a member of Joel’s prophetic End-time Army – the ever-conquering End-time army of God that will subdue Satan and his gents under the feet of Jesus. (Joel 2:1-11; Psalm 110:1-3)
Perfect believers constitute the glorious, reigning Church that Jesus is coming to rapture. (Isaiah 2:2-3; Micah 4:1-2; Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 5:9-10). They constitute the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn which are registered in heaven. (Hebrews 12:23) The Church was birthed at the beginning of the Last days to fulfil God’s purpose; the fulfilment of this purpose rests solely on believers who are manifesting as sons of God.
3.3 THE TRIBULATION/GREAT TRIBULATION
The Tribulation is a period of hardships and distresses that the inhabitants of the world would experience in the Last days as part of God’s judgment for their sins. It’s beginning is not clearly defined. But based on Daniel’s vision, the people of the world would continue to experience hardships and distresses through the activities of Satan, His rod of judgment, from the time of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem at 70 AD, right to the very end at Christ’s Second Coming: “After this period of 434 years, the Anointed One will be killed, his kingdom still unrealized…and a king will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple. They will be overwhelmed as with a flood, and war and its miseries are decreed from that time to the very end.” (Daniel 9:26 TLB) God’s judgment begins with His people. (1 Peter 4:17) But Daniel also identified a 7-year period at the end of the Last days as a period of hardship and distresses that will usher in, the Second Coming of Christ. (Daniel 9:27) According to Jesus, these hardships and distresses would be stepped up to unprecedented dimensions in the second half of the 7-year period that would precede His coming. This second half was what He referred to as the Great Tribulation. (Matthew 24:15-22) The hardships, distresses, calamities and uncertainties of the Tribulation period which would have commenced before this 7-year period was what Jesus referred to as the “beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:6-8) They would be characterized by wars, rumours of wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes occurring in many places all over the world. As it were, they are the foretaste of the “full sorrows” which would come through the Seven last Plagues of God’s wrath in Revelation 15 and 16, at Christ’s Second Coming. The distresses are ordained by God to force the inhabitants of the earth to abandon their evil ways for them to escape His final judgment, as confirmed in this passage: 20“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” (Revelation 9:20-21)
Rapture is the term used to describe the event that will take place when Jesus shall appear in the air, and the righteous that are alive at His appearing, and those that have been dead in all ages who will resurrect, will both join Him there. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52) They will return with Him to the earth shortly afterwards at His Second Coming, and will reign with Him in His Millennial Kingdom. (Revelation 17:14, 19:7-21, 20:6)
There are different views based on different interpretation of Scriptures, as to when Rapture will take place in the 7-years Tribulation period. They are:
Pre-Tribulationists believe that Rapture will take place at the beginning of the 7-years Tribulation period. They also believe that the raptured believers will go with Christ to heaven, attend the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and then return with Him to the earth at His Second Coming. Rapture will save them from experiencing the horrors of the Tribulation period. As it were, it is what will trigger off the commencement of the first half of the 7-years Tribulation. Even though Rapture has not taken place, the Coronavirus Pandemic fits perfectly into Jesus’ description of the “beginning of sorrows.” This would mean that we are in the period immediately preceding the 7-years Tribulation, and hence Rapture. Based on this view, the Coronavirus Pandemic suggests that we are within eye-shot of Rapture. Rapture can take place anytime from now.
(b) Mid Tribulationists
The Mid Tribulationists hold the view that Rapture will take place halfway into the 7-years Tribulation when the Great Tribulation commences. According to Daniel’s vision, this point will be determined by when, “…the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place…” (Matthew 24:15-22; Daniel 9:27) This will save the raptured believers the horror of experiencing the hardships, distresses and calamities of the Great Tribulation. Based on this view, the occurrence of the Coronavirus Pandemic suggests that we may actually be in the early part of the 7-years Tribulation period. This would also mean that Rapture is very close.
(c) Post Tribulationists
The Post Tribulationists hold the view that Rapture will take place at the end of the 7-years Tribulation period. With the occurrence of the Coronavirus Pandemic, this view also suggests that we may be in the early part of the 7-years Tribulation period.
3.5 SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
4.0 WHERE ARE WE IN THE LAST DAYS?
The conclusion is that, whatever view we adopt, the occurrence of the Coronavirus Pandemic suggests that Rapture is around the corner, and may at most, not be more than ten years from now. But in these ten years, the frequency and intensity of what constitutes the “beginning of sorrows” would increase progressively – the Coronavirus experience will look like child’s play in comparison!
Based on some visions that the Lord showed me in 2019 about the imminence of the End long before this pandemic, I opened my new book: “ATTAINING PERFECTION” (1- Year Devotional Handbook) with the message titled: “WELCOME TO THE 2020’S – The Decade Of Decision.” There is no more time to sit on the fence!
5.0 WHAT SHOULD BE YOUR ATTITUDE IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES?
The attitude that Jesus commands us to have in these uncertain times is, “…see that ye be not troubled…” (Matthew 24:6b) Do not panic; do not give-in to fear. Your ability to remain unperturbed will be founded on the understanding of God’s preservation agenda for you in the midst of the uncertainties. Here are what you need to understand:
(a) God delights to reveal His secrets, especially future events, to His people that fear Him and seek Him for them. (Genesis 18:17; Deuteronomy 29:29; Psalm 25:14; Proverbs 25:2; Isaiah 46:10) If He has chosen to conceal the exact time of the Second Coming of Christ from them, it means that it is not beneficial for them to know it. (Matthew 24:36-39) Therefore, do not expend your energy and time trying to know when Christ will return; you cannot know it. (Matthew 24:37-39, 42, 44)
(b) God wants all His New Testament saints that were ordained to live in the Last days to live ready for the coming of the Lord, every moment of their lives. (Matthew 24:42, 44, 25:13; Luke 12:36, 40; Revelation 19:7) At the beginning of the Last days, Peter admonished believers: “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” (1 Peter 4:7) At the same period, Apostle John also wrote to believers: “Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the end of the world has come.” (1 John 2:18)The obligation for you to live ready gets higher and higher with the passing of each day.
(c) How will you live ready? To live ready, you have to first of all bring yourself to the point of being ready – you have to make yourself ready. (Revelation 19:7) Then you have to continue to be ready by being sober and vigilant. You will make yourself ready by purging all idols from your heart for you to become perfect. This will make you to be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit for you to become wholly sanctified and holy. (Matthew 19:21-22; 2 Corinthians 6:16-17; Psalm 24:3-4) Jesus is coming to rapture believers who are without spot or wrinkle, but blameless and hence holy. (Ephesians 5:27; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)
(d) Your perfection makes Rapture automatic for you by securing for you the righteousness of God by the faith of Jesus Christ – the highest level of righteousness that acquits you from all sins to make you blameless. (Philippians 3:9; Psalm 32:2) This is because your perfection purifies your motives to make your errors (unintentional sins) inconsequential to your salvation. It enables you to keep your body crucified at all times to make you conformable to the death of Christ for you to live in the resurrection. (Philippians 3:9-10) While you are yet on the earth, Jesus confirms you as a member of His ruling cabinet in His Millennial Kingdom! (Luke 20:34-36) Your perfection secures for you, everlasting righteousness and salvation. (Daniel 9:24; Hebrews 7:28)
(e) Your perfection not only makes you to live ready to make Rapture, it guarantees your protection from the holocaust of the Last days. It therefore preserves you from now till eternity. (Isaiah 4:2-6; Jude 1) This is what frees you from fear.
(f) Focus on your perfection by subscribing to God’s perfection programme; then you can go to sleep concerning the distresses, calamities and uncertainties of the Last days – you will not be troubled. This is because, when you subscribe to God’s perfection programme, you will come under the protective covering of the Holy Spirit that anchors the programme, till you become perfect. (Isaiah 31:5-7)
6.0 GOD’S PLAN OF EXEMPTION FROM THE TRIBULATION
All the events of the Last days are the agenda of God. You cannot pray-off any divine agenda from taking place. You cannot pray-off the Tribulation; you can only secure your exemption from it. God has a plan of exemption for His people who meet His condition:
2“And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and sea. 3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” (Revelation 7:2-3) Revelation 9:4 also, says: “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree: but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.” What is this seal of God that exempts from being hurt by the holocaust of the Tribulation, and what is the qualification for receiving it?
1“And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on mount Sion, and with him an hundred and forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 2And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and a voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 3And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 5And in their mouths was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” (Revelation 14:1-5)
The seal of God in the forehead is the name of God inscribed in the forehead. (Revelation 14:1, 3:12) From this passage, those who qualify to receive it are:
(a) Those who have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb to become born-again – believers. (Revelation14:3b, 4c)
(b) Believers that are overcomers. (Revelation 14:1, 3:12) They overcome through the spirit of faith they secure when they become perfect by the evacuation of idols from their hearts through the crucifixion of their bodies. (1 John 5:4; 2 Corinthians 4:8-13) Every believer calls himself a child of God; but it is only God that knows those who are His true children. They are believers who have crucified their bodies to become perfect, which enables them to cease from committing wilful and habitual sins – the overcomers. (2 Timothy 2:19; Galatians 5:24; 1 Peter 4:1) As a result of their perfection, they are filled with the fullness of God through the fullness of the Holy Spirit. This is the name of God inscribed in them – the sealing.
(c) Believers who are virgins; not defiled by idols. (Revelation 4:4a) They are not spiritual adulterers. (James 4:4) Idols have been purged out of their hearts for them to become perfect to cleave to Jesus their husband. (2 Corinthians 6:16-17; Ephesians 5:31-32)
(d) Believers who obey the Lamb as a life-style because the idols behind unbelief and disobedience have been purged out of their hearts for them to become perfect. (Revelation 14:4b; Deuteronomy 28:14, 11:28)
(e) In the Old Testament, the Levites were separated to minister as God’s priests; and they represented the firstborn of Israel to God. (Exodus 13:2; Numbers 3:45) But before they could minister as God’s priests, they had to be ordained to consecrate or perfect them. (Exodus 28:41; Leviticus 8:33) In the New Testament, the Priesthood is perfectly fulfilled by the believer who has become perfect through his baptism into Christ. (Galatians 3:27) He is therefore the firstborn (firstfruit) to God and the Lamb, sealed for exemption. (Revelation 14:4d)
(f) Believers who are without deceit and therefore blameless before God, because they have evacuated idols behind wrong motives from their hearts for them to become perfect. (Revelation 14:5; Psalm 24:3-4, 32:2)
The first step towards receiving God’s seal of exemption from the hardships, distresses, calamities and uncertainties of the Tribulation is new-birth. The second step, which is the only step for the believer, is to become perfect.
It is important to say here that the servants of God that will be sealed for exemption will not be limited to the 144,000 from Israel. They will include the great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues; clothed with white robes; that shall come out of the Great Tribulation as overcomers. (Revelation 7:9, 14) White robe represents the righteousness of God by the faith of Jesus Christ which you secure when you become perfect; it qualifies you for eternity with Christ. (Revelation 3:5, 19:7-8)
“For only we who believe can enter his place of rest. As for those who didn’t believe, God said, ‘In my anger I made a vow: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’ even though his place of rest has been ready since he made the world.” (Hebrews 4:3 NLT)
The place of God’s rest is His Sabbath of rest. You will enter it on the seventh day – when you become perfect. This is when you will secure the strong faith – the spirit of faith – to believe Him at all times.
Becoming perfect is the key to manifesting as a son of God to fulfil His purpose these Last days. It is what will give you peace in the midst of the uncertainties of the Last days; because it guarantees your exemption from hardships, distresses and calamities; and makes you ready for Rapture and Eternity with Christ. It is the one thing to pursue above every other thing; FOR THE END IS FINALLY NOW HERE.