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Submitted: 8/7/2008
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Question: My question regards the end time. Will it be revealed to anyone when the last day will be? Will anyone be given advance warning of its approach? Is the last day something that will occur scientifically like when the world ends in 5 billion years time when the sun fails then as predicted by science or could the last day occur anytime before the world comes to its natural biological end? How could we remember anything after being dead thousands of years if we are raised from death on a last day? For example if I go to sleep and sleep many hours lots of times I wake up not having a clue what day month hour it is or where I am as a result of having been in a deep sleep. How could we remember? Wouldn't it be cruelty on the part of God to raise some people back to life again, for example people who suffered sexual abuse who died as a result of such abuse and there are some people who do not want to rise on a last day so that they would not remember traumas such as sexual abuse. Will our pets be raised? How can Jesus end the trauma of sexual abuse victims on a last day unless he gave eveyone a brand new risen body with a brand new risen mind in that body.Will the last day be an awful day. Joanne_Kelly2003@yahoo.co.uk

Answer: Hebrews 10:24-25 says, 'And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.' This passage indicates that those who are alive during the days preceding the coming of Jesus Christ will see the day approaching.

The last day does not refer to the day the earth ceases to exist; it refers to the day Jesus comes and raises the dead to life. At this time the earth will be changed, but will not be destroyed (see 2 Peter 3:10-13).

Your experience of forgetting where you are when you wake up is interesting, but it has nothing to do with God's ability to preserve or restore memory after the resurrection. Moreover, God has never done anything cruel to anyone. The fact that you would suggest that proves that you do not know Him. The Bible says that after the believers are raised to everlasting life, 'God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away' (Revelation 21:4).