Will Trouble Have an End? ­– by Desmond Ford

Sep 2, 2015 5883

light at the end of the tunnelWill trouble have an end? Is pain to reign forever? Are broken hearts and stomach ulcers always to be the badges of man? Is there to be an unending line of tomorrows all similar to today, or will there be a point where time shall cease and eternity begin?

The Scriptures assure us that evil will not always endure, that sorrow, trouble, and death are to be destroyed. The day is coming when “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21 :4).

According to Holy Writ, Calvary was D-Day for the world. The beginning of the end occurred when Christ ransomed mankind by His atoning death. (Hebrews 9:26-28.) Since then, the prince of this world has been cast out from his place of supremacy.

Now sin need no longer reign over those who accept redemption. The era since the cross is “the last time.” (1John 2: 18.) We now await the ultimate denouement, the V-Day of the actual reappearance of our Lord.

All the promises of God, guaranteed by Christ’s death on Calvary, will then be realized. Without Christ’s return the first coming would appear more mystery than blessing; but at the second advent all wrongs
shall be righted, death will give place to eternal life, faith to sight, and hope to fruition. This event, pledged by our Lord’s own promise “I will come again” (John 14:3} is elaborated by almost two thousand references of Scripture.

For centuries astronomers were mystified by the paths of the planets. Only when Kepler found that the planetary orbit is an ellipse of two focal points was the problem solved.

Similarly, the plan of salvation has two focal points, the first and the second advents of Jesus Christ. The atoning sacrifice on Calvary would seem in vain unless our Saviour returned to abolish sin from the world where He suffered and died. While no event seems less probable to unaided human reasoning, no event is more certain in the light of inspired Scripture.

– Des Ford. Rom 8:27–32. Adapted from “Will Trouble Have An End?”

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