Living in Israel, it is not uncommon to encounter those who have sold everything and come to this land in anticipation of Jesus’ imminent return.
A heavy overemphasis on the end times has dominated Christian life for nearly a century now. It’s understandable. Twice during that period the entire world has been embroiled in enormously destructive wars, and one of the more “impossible” biblical prophecies has been fulfilled – Israel has been reborn. Since then, Jesus’ own prediction of widespread conflict, pestilence and lawlessness certainly seems to have come to pass.
Given all this, one could see how many might believe that we are in the very last days. And, perhaps we are. But, we were explicitly cautioned by Jesus that no one can know the exact date of this long-awaited affair. We were told to be prepared, but, it seems to me, Jesus warned against the very kind of precise end times predictions that have become so popular among Evangelical Christians.
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father…