1 Peter 4:16-18 (897)

       A.  Let’s reflect on the question, “What will be the end?”
             1.  To consider the end result serves as a preventive to doing wrong.  Example:
             2.  To consider the end result can also serve as an incentive to do right.  Example:

       B.  What does the Bible teach about the end?

  I.  The Bible teaches the certainty of an ultimate end.
             1.  1 Corinthians 15:22-24 (850):  “the end.”
             2.  2 Peter 3:10 (899):  “the day of the Lord.”
             3.  Matthew 24:3 (724):  “the end of the world/age.”
             4.  Revelation 10:6-KJV (910):  “time shall be no more.”
             5.  1 Peter 4:7 (896):  “the end of all things.”

       B.  For the faithful Christian it will be the end of conflict with the flesh (Romans
             7:14-25, p834) and the end of suffering and trials (2 Corinthians 4:16-17, p854).

       C.  For the unbeliever and disobedient it will be the end of their rejection and
             rebellion (Revelation 3:20, p907), and the end of the opportunity to be saved.

  II.  The Bible teaches that the end will be the beginning (transition).

       A.  For the saved it will be the beginning of a new spiritual existence and the enjoyment
             of eternal life.  Revelation 21:1-5 (916); 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (874)

             Rev. 21:4-“former things have passed away.”  V5: “I make all things new.”
             “a new heaven and ___________.”  V1.  “the first heaven and _________.” V1
             “New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God” as a “bride.”  V2
             “ the tabernacle of God is with men.”  V3       ETC.

      B.  For the lost it will be the beginning of an eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23a),
            and the horrors and pain of eternal punishment (Revelation 20:10-15, p916).

III.  God has not revealed the time of the end.

      A.  Not the time of death.

      B.  Not the time of the return of Jesus.  Matthew 24:35-36 (725)

      C.  God has provided the means whereby we can  avoid condemnation in hell, and enjoy
            eternal life through His Son.  1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (850); Acts 2:36-41,47 (802)

As we have reflected on the end, do you know where you will be?  Do you need to prepare?