“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36
You have probably noticed that our country seems to be going crazy this year. In addition to the worldwide pandemic, we have had bizarre weather and/or natural occurrences (i.e. murder hornets in the Northwest, fire tornadoes in the West, land hurricanes in the Midwest, double hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico), and the American public seems to have completely gone off the deep end. It’s enough to make us wonder, “Are we living in the end times?”
I bring this up, because several of you have asked me this or commented along these lines in recent weeks. I confess that I do not know the answer. Just because I am a pastor does not mean that I have a special hotline to God (wouldn’t that be nice?). But, like many of you, I, too, have wondered. I have wondered in the past, and the events of 2020 seem to enhance that curiosity. Indeed, if you read the entirety of Matthew 24, it certainly sounds like the world we’re living in today: “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars” (24:6), “There will be famines and earthquakes in various places” (24:7), “many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other” (24:10). The book of Revelation also has some verses that ring true. But this has been the case with every passing generation. We have always thought that we were living in the end times!
But as 24:36 reminds us, no one knows when Christ will return. I, for one, hope that we are not living in the end times, because we still have work to do! There are still people who have not heard of the saving power of Jesus Christ! Whether He returns tomorrow or 1000 years from now doesn’t really matter. All we can know for certain is that Christ will indeed return, and every day that goes by is one day closer to that event. In the meantime, instead of looking towards the sky to see if He is returning, we need to be looking around us and asking, “What can I do to further God’s kingdom?”
Are we living in the end times? Only God knows. In the meantime, I will serve the Lord and proclaim His name until He calls me home or He comes in his final glory. Whichever comes first!