An unhealthy focus?
Question: Why does Tomorrow’s World focus on end-time events and apocalyptic topics instead of focusing on what Jesus preached? Isn’t it unhealthy?
Answer: Tomorrow’s World does focus on the gospel that Jesus Christ preached—the gospel of the Kingdom of God. That gospel is a message of hope, foretelling a time when mankind will live in peace and harmony, ruled by Jesus Christ. Many who call themselves Christians preach only one part of His message—a message about the person of Christ, rather than about what Christ preached. By contrast, Tomorrow’s World strives to preach the “whole counsel” of God (Acts 20:27), which will include warning the world of what is to come, just as Jesus did.
In today’s violence-plagued world, “apocalyptic” has taken on connotations of doom and foreboding. However, the Greek word apokalupsis simply means “revelation”—and is the title of the last book in your Bible! And Jesus Christ’s words in the four gospel narratives—as well as the vision He inspires in the book of Revelation—make it clear that the message He brought to mankind is far larger and more detailed than most believe. He came to bring a message about His coming Kingdom (Luke 4:43). But He also warned the world about the traumatic events that would precede the coming of that Kingdom.
Christ’s disciples asked Him how they could recognize the end of the age. He replied that “many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:5–14).
No true Christian can deny that Jesus foretold a time of great trouble for the world. But He did so for a positive purpose, to let us know that His second coming will prevent total cosmocide (Matthew 24:22)! His return will usher in a thousand-year era of happy and peaceful life on earth under His rule, after which God will resurrect all those who never heard His truth preached before, so that they may have their first opportunity for salvation (Revelation 20:5–6). That is a message of ultimate peace and hope!
There is an even more amazing aspect to Jesus’ message of hope. Those who accept His sacrifice, and allow Him to live His life within them, will assist Him as kings and priests serving mankind during the Millennium (Revelation 5:10). What does it mean to let Christ live within us? As the Apostle Paul wrote: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, KJV). Christians who live by the faith of Christ today are experiencing a foretaste of what life will be like in the Millennium under Jesus Christ’s rule. That is a message of hope, and it is the true gospel—the good news of the Kingdom of God—which Jesus Christ preached. That is the focus of Tomorrow’s World.