By Bob Barney
Are we living in the last days? Are we in the end times? Is the return of Jesus Christ right around the corner? These are the questions that many of us ask ourselves whenever we read the book of Revelation or the Gospel of Matthew concerning the return of Jesus Christ and his kingdom of God that he is bringing with him.
First of all there is a misnomer, with the term “end times” that most people have. Jesus was never talking about the end of the world and John in his book of Revelation wasn’t either. What both men were talking about is best described with the phrase “the end of the age” of mankind.
When God created man, Adam and Eve to be exact, a new age upon this earth began. It was the age of mankind and it began approximately 5 to 6000 years ago, as best we can tell. Adam was set up to rule this earth during this age, but because of Adam’s sin, he lost his right as ruler of this age–the age of mankind. Many are not aware that the Bible plainly states that the Earth is much older than man. In fact, those who believe the earth to be billions of years old are not necessarily in conflict with the Bible at all! It is very possible that the earth is very old. In Genesis the correct translation of God creating the heavens and the earth is that God re-created the earth after a cataclysm that is not mentioned. This former earth was under the rulership of the great archangel Lucifer, the angel who rebelled against God and became Satan. If Adam had not sinned, he would have been the ruler of this age. But Adam did sin and was not able to replace Satan as the ruler of this age.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ, one that is rarely ever presented in churches today, is that Jesus as God is coming back to replace Satan as the ruler of this earth and usher in a new age. When Christ returns, he is bringing the kingdom of God with him, a government that will have no end, and the age of man will come to an end. That is the gospel that just is not preached today. Jesus was not merely talking about salvation. He definitely wasn’t talking about how to get to heaven. What he was talking about was bringing God’s government to earth, complete with God’s Laws and God's Love.