Human nature is a funny thing. We hear of a break-in around the neighborhood so we gt nervous and install a security system. That crime did not make us more vulnerable but we felt like it did. A shooting happens somewhere in the country and we want to change the gun laws, although the new proposals would rarely have changed anything, but we feel better. A terrorist attack occurs and we tighten security down to feel safer but they find another way around that security.
You see, we’re supposed to always be prepared but we never can be ‘fully’ prepared. So when an event occurs that reminds us we’re not ready, we do something to get ‘more’ ready… until the next event.
The ‘end of times’ thinking is very much like this. Relative to eternity, the ‘end’ has been near for the last 2000 years. Jesus told us to be ready. His disciples reminded us of this. Paul states in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 “Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” This message is repeated several times, that we will not have a warning. Yes, there will be signs but those signs have been going on for some time and will continue. There is never an indication of an amount of time between these signs and the coming of Christ.
In the news right now is a war going on, and heating up, between Israel and the Hamas. Several Islamic nations and groups want Israel wiped off the face of the earth and Israel continues to defend herself. These wars will eventually lead to the end times but they have been going on for thousands of years, and certainly for the entire existence of Israel as a nation.
But if you look at what Jesus has told us about the end of times, He has given us instruction of how to live, always, until the end times. Think about it this way, if you knew exactly when a thief would come into your home, you could relax for a time being and then ‘be prepared’ at the right time. Instead, we never know. Jesus is saying the end times will be like this. We will not know, it will happen when we least expect it. So we should be prepared all the time.
What does that look like? For one, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Spend time in the word, pray without ceasing, love one another… this is what Christ has instructed us to do, from now until the end of times. During our remaining years, we are to call as many to Christ as we can. Not a targeted number as some religions preach, but everyone that will answer the call. This is not done by beating people over the head with scripture, but by loving and serving them.
As it is written in Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”