Not too long ago, my oldest daughter Hannah woke me up telling me that all of her friends believed we were in the last days. They thought the end, however, would come through a massive zombie invasion… I kid you not!
Like many of you, I’ve seen a number of shows on TV about end time’s prophecy, some of them even secular in nature. Last year, I even went to see the movie 2012 out of curiosity. I have read countless books on the subject and listened to a good number of sermons.
Every generation thinks that theirs is the last. It is simply human nature. When the world saw the end of the first millennium (999 AD), the world almost came to a stand still, the week before New Year’s Day. No one worked, the prisons were emptied, and debts were forgiven. After a few days and the realization that this was not the end of times, people went back to work, the prisoners were recaptured, and the once forgiven debts were reinstated.
The fact is that although we can be sure the end is nearing, we don’t know when that day will come, and we will never know until the moment it happens. Matthew 24:36 says, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (NIV)
If it were not for the fact that I still have some family and friends who do not have a relationship with Christ, I am ready for His return. The world is simply getting intolerable. There is so much sin, so much hate, and so much despair. Moreover, fewer people seem to care about it. Jesus told us this would happen. “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12)
A wise man once said “Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days, it will be.” I haven’t lived that way most of my life, but now I am trying. Are you?