Notice I said “end of this age”, not “end of the world”. The world really will end one day (II Peter 3:10, Revelation 21:1-5), but we’re not there yet. Before that happens King Yeshua has to come back and rule the earth from Jerusalem for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-6). As far as I can tell that hasn’t happened yet. Therefore what we expecting is the end of this age: the transition between the time in which we now live and the return of Yeshua.
This talk about life and death should mean something to anyone who has paid even a tiny bit of attention to the great upheavals in our world. Whether it is civil war in Syria, drought and fires in California, Russian encroachment on Ukraine, the end of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, or any of the recurring tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, famines, and pandemics, disasters seem to abound and to be getting worse. There is something about disasters that focus our attention very quickly onto what is really important in life.
Why exactly does God want to kill us? Sure, He wants us totally committed to His team, but where does death come into it – especially since His promise is to give us eternal life?
The death comes in losing our lives for Yeshua’s sake (Matthew 10:38-39). What God has to kill in us is our sin nature – that old selfish programming that steers us away from His perfect way. Even though we believe in Yeshua and are saved, our sin nature keeps on fighting. No one is immune to this. Even the apostle Paul said he often did the things he hated rather than the good things he knew he should do because of the sin still hanging on inside him (Romans 7:13-24).