The Mission For These Last Days

February 15, 2024

With each passing day, we are drawing closer to the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we are nearing His return, we are witnessing the fulfillment of the signs of the times in which we live.

In 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV), Paul said, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

Jesus stated the following list of signs recorded in Matthew 24:4-13: religious deceptions, wars and rumors of wars, nations rising against nations, famines, pestilences, earthquakes in various places, the righteous will be persecuted and hated, lawlessness and the love of many growing cold. This sounds like the times in which we are living now. Jesus continued by saying, 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 24:14 (NKJV). 

The end will come, and Jesus will return when the Gospel of the kingdom has been preached to and witnessed by every people group all over the world. 

As recorded in Revelation 14:6-12, this message which will be preached to and witnessed by every people group all over the earth in the last days is called the “everlasting Gospel,” and it is presented as God’s last warning threefold message from His heart of love and compassion for every man, woman and child. God has entrusted the sincere followers of Christ as His messengers to herald this threefold message in these last days. As clearly stated by Ellen G. White in The Desire of Ages, “Every true disciple is born into the kingdom of God as a missionary. He who drinks of the living water becomes a fountain of life.”

It is our joy and responsibility to lovingly share God’s warning messages. As followers of Christ, should we not personally prioritize sharing the everlasting Gospel? Ellen G. White proclaimed in The Review and Herald, “Evangelistic work, opening the Scriptures to others, warning men and women of what is coming upon the world, is to occupy more and still more of the time of God’s servants.” She also states, “It is time for us to awake, and to watch for souls as they that must give account. Will our churches now arise, and awake to the situation? The representatives of Christ are to carry a burden for souls. Every nation and kindred and tongue and people is to hear the last message of mercy to the world.”

It is my prayer that we all would be converted to the mission of spreading the Gospel. 

As we spread the good news, we will witness the love of God and the power of God saving souls and changing lives. We will witness sinners becoming saints. We will witness hearts being softened and resolve being strengthened. We will witness stress rolling away and peace rising up. We will witness habits breaking, and lives being put back together again. We will witness people making Jesus their choice for eternity. a 

By Stephen Brooks
Executive Secretary