God once said, “The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; …I will destroy them with the earth” (Gen. 6:13). So shall it be at the end of this world when the angels shall come forth and sever the wicked from among the just (Matt. 13:49). He that shall endure unto the end shall be saved. When the gospel of the kingdom is preached in all the world for a witness, then shall the end come, and with great sound of a trumpet the angels shall gather together the elect from one end of heaven to the other (Matt. 24:13-14, 31).
In Scripture, end usually means more than the final part, extremity, termination, or cessation of something. Since all things begin, exist, and occur by the eternal, mysterious and sovereign purpose and power of God in Jesus Christ, end often refers to the arrival, fulfillment or completion of that purpose (goal), or even the purpose (goal) itself. He hath made everything beautiful in his time: and no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end (Eccl. 3:11).
The Psalms say much about ends. Although the ungodly prosper and increase in the world, God sets them in slippery places and their end is destruction (Ps. 73:17). Mark the perfect and upright man, for the end of him is peace: but the wicked shall be destroyed and their end cut off (Ps. 37:37-38). The heavens declare the glory of God unto the end of the world; God will make wars to cease to the end of the earth; and all the ends of the world shall see His salvation, remember, turn unto, fear and praise the Lord (Ps. 19:4; 22:7; 67:7; 98:3). The righteous pray, “Lord make me to know mine end, how frail I am; Thou art the same and Thy years have no end; teach me the way of Thy statutes and I shall keep it unto the end; and to the end that my glory may sing praise to Thee and not be silent” (Ps. 30:12; 39:4; 102:27; 119:33).
Jesus is the beginning and the end. Of all things, for they were created by Him and for Him (Rev. 22:13; Col. 1:16). Of the Scriptures, for they are written about Him and have their end in Him (Luke 22:37). To this end was He born and for this cause came He into the world, that He should bear witness unto the truth (John 18:37). To this end He died and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living (Rom. 14:9). Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end (John 13:1). Therefore, He shall also confirm us unto the end that we may be blameless in the day of His coming (I Cor. 1:8).
Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth (Rom. 10:4). And the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart of a good conscience and of faith unfeigned (I Tim. 1:5). Being made free from sin and become servants to God, we have our fruit unto holiness and the end, everlasting life (Rom. 6:22). And Christ, whom we have not seen, we love; and though we see Him not, yet believing in Him we rejoice with joy unspeakable, receiving in Him the end of our faith, even the salvation of our souls (I Pet. 1:8-9).
You have heard of the patience of Job and have seen the end of the Lord, that the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy (Jam. 5:11). Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (I Pet. 1:13). Since the end of all things is at hand, be therefore sober and watch unto prayer (I Pet. 4:7). For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (I Pet. 4:17).
Our Lord promises, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20). Saith the Lord, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jer. 29:11). And the end comes when He shall have put down all rule, authority, and power and delivered up the kingdom to the Father; He shall reign forever and of His kingdom there shall be no end (I Cor. 15:24; Luke 1:33).