If you’re like me, the concept of the end of time is a very intriguing subject. Perhaps you’ve explored the idea with a friend or colleague. Maybe you’ve even read about it in the Bible. But, nowhere is the topic more prevalent than in mainstream society. And that’s typically where things get messy.
In the Christian world, every so often people will stand on street corners, write books or even make television shows or movies talking about the end of days. And that’s cool for the most part. But what about the folks who try to specify a date the world will end or when Jesus himself will come back — and are never right?
From Nostradamus to the average newcomer, claims are made that they know the date of the end. So far they’ve been 0 for 220 predictions, and my suspicions tell me that number will rise. For those of you in the Christian community who are curious about the end of time, consider this. Scholars and casual readers alike note that in the book of Mathew 24:26, Jesus says, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”
Others may point to the parable of a thief in the night, and how it correlates to believers getting their lives in order, rather than expecting a particular date of return for his followers. And, correct me if I’m wrong here, but wouldn’t telling everyone when a return was going to happen remove the need for individuals to stay ready, which is the true intent and heart of the message?
In short, our society does a great job when it comes to entertaining, but we do a poor job when it comes to enlightening. So, the next time you hear someone telling you the end is near, you can nod your head in agreement, but don’t ask for any specific dates. They’re probably wrong.