In light of all the chaos going on in our country and world, I get asked this question from time to time. Here are a few things I believe.
Throughout history when there have been major wars or many natural disasters, there’s an increased focus on “the end times” among Christians. This is good because it reminds us to focus on the fact that Jesus will return and time as we know it will end.
Every day we get closer to the End Times, and Scripture gives us numerous signs we can look to and expect; like what Jesus told us in Matthew 24. However, Jesus was clear to His disciples and us: 36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. Matthew 24:36-42 NIV
Here’s what I suggest we keep in mind:
- Jesus will return as He promised
- Every day we’re getting closer
- No one knows when He will return
- We need to be ready every day (1 John 2:28)
- We need to share the truth about Jesus with as many people as possible
If you’d like a more detailed look at questions asked about The End Times, please check out this August 15 post from the Billy Graham Association: