Who Says, “The End Is Near?”

Who Says, “The End Is Near?”

Jesus says nobody knows when the world will end. Later on Paul confirms no one knows when Jesus will return (therefore signaling the start of the end). It will happen unexpectedly, like a “thief in the night.”

So if the Bible says no one knows, why do some preachers make their audacious predictions anyway? Adding to their error, they often tap the Bible for clues as to when, even though the Bible says no one knows. Yet they try anyway. I’m not sure if this is out of arrogance of who they are or ignorance over what the Bible says.

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Yes, we need to be ready, but we don’t know when the end will occur. So let’s forget about trying to figure out what we can’t know and instead focus on doing what we already do know, the things Jesus told us to do.

After all, be it far away or near, the end will happen when it happens.

[1 Thessalonians 5:1-3, Matthew 24:35-36, Mark 13:31-32]

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

2 Comments

  • Nick Posted September 12, 2013 1:26 pm

    Peter, I couldn’t agree more. I spend time on the phone or in person almost daily with people who tell me that they are praying for the end to come soon. While I get their sentiment it seems like God would have us use our time in other ways.

    • peterdblog Posted September 13, 2013 5:50 pm

      I agree, Nick. May we all use the time God gives us in the best possible way.

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