So I’m sure the end time talk will heat up with more alarming news each day. As a pastor, some may be looking to me to confirm that we are entering the end while others may be looking for me to calm their fears by confirming it is nothing. I won’t get into my personal end time views here (which has little to do with “Left Behind” books) but I will say simply that I don’t know what this is all about and that is ok. Does it make me look to God? Absolutely! Does it make me forget about what divides us and want to love my neighbor? Definitely!
I believe everything in life God can use for his good purposes; the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. Are we nearing the return of King Jesus? Maybe. Has the crud hit the fan before in parts of the world or even around the world as a whole? Absolutely! Read the history books.
The point is that nobody knows. When ugly and evil things happen in the world it should cause us to look to Jesus and realize that He is coming soon to right the ship. However, I am not into predicting dates and times and I don’t think it it is wise for you to either. People have made that mistake for 2,000 years now, further hindering the gospel. You don’t have to have all of your eschatological (end times) ducks in a row in order to be right with God. Trust me, there are going to be plenty of Christians with Jesus that have misunderstood the Scriptures concerning Apocalyptic language (See Revelation; Matthew 24; OT Prophets, etc.).
What you do need is a Savior… King Jesus; the forgiver of sins and the giver of life! Is He your treasure? Furthermore, we have to ask ourselves what is He really concerned about His people doing during times of crisis like many are facing right now, no matter whether it’s end times, a wake up call, or just another sign of brokenness in the world? Hint: Matthew 25:31-46. I won’t explain it here because you need to read it.