'So when they met together, they asked him, Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?
He said to them: It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.' Acts 1:6-11
Jesus is coming back. That's one thing I constantly forget each day, but it's one vital thing that we need to keep on remembering as Christians and to live our lives as if we believe this fact.
It's so easy to doubt whether it is actually true: through questions people ask us, the media's view on how the world will end, our own feelings of doubt... But we live in a period of time when God wants as many people as possible to follow Him. The Battle was won when Jesus died on the cross, defeated Satan and rose to life again - and the reason God may not come back right now at this minute is because He does not want to judge the Earth just yet, but save as many people as possible, because of His great love He has for us. (John 3:16)
Here are some Bible verses I hope will encourage you (and me!) to remain faithful to God and his promises to the very end.
'We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.' Hebrews 3:14
'Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.' 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
'But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.' 2 Peter 3:8-9
'Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.' Revelation 21:1-4
'Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.' Hebrews 10:23