This is a topic that I want to be careful on. Jesus says in Matthew 24:23-26:
“Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.
“So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it!
Basically, I do not want to try to point to a time and say, “Yep Jesus is coming,” because I don’t know, and I don’t want to be one of the false prophets that Jesus was talking about here. There are many places that talk about Jesus’s return in the Bible. I urge you to read Matthew 24–25. In these passages the disciples ask the same question, “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?'” And Jesus answers that for two chapters. The same in Luke 21:5-36.
“Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
Look closely at the last part of verse 4: “From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” That suggests something known today as uniformitarianism. As defined by Wikipedia: Uniformitarianism is the assumption that the same natural laws and processes that operate in the universe now have always operated in the universe in the past.
Sound familiar? This is one of the leading views in support of evolution, which is in direct opposition to God’s Word (see my post on evolution here). It’s a little different wording than Wikipedia, but it’s exactly what Peter prophesied people would say! Verse 5:
“They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water.”
We see this all around us today. People who say that God isn’t necessary, that we don’t have to have God to explain how the universe came to be, that God didn’t really create the world like the Bible says, and that Genesis is just a good story. Interesting how Peter prophesied and warned us that people would say those very things. Verse 6:
“Then he [God] used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood.”
He’s continuing from verse 5 saying that people will deny that the flood of Noah’s day ever occurred, and isn’t that happening today? People laugh and scoff and say that Noah’s flood is just a story and nothing more (want to learn why Noah’s flood is much more than just a story? Check it out here). So I will say yes, these things and many things that were predicted to happen are happening and will continue to happen. The end times certainly could be very close, yet they could also be very far.
“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
But we need to live as if it is tomorrow, we need to act as if it is just around the corner. Matthew 24:42-44:
“Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
There are people to reach, lives to change, and hope to be given! This is something we need to be conscious of! Do you get why I do what I do? Why I spend my time, that I could be doing so many other things with, helping people get to know Jesus? Because it’s not a joke, Jesus is coming back and we need to start living like it! 2 Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night”. So are you going to let yourself be robbed, or are you going to live like Jesus called us to live. I challenge you that. – Tyler J. Collins
And then he [Jesus] told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Mark 16:15
Tyler J. Collins | Creator of Discover the Answer