This whole prediction made by Harold Coming on the end of the world has made nationwide news especially as the day came and left like every other day. End times prophecies is a very touchy subject in both Christian and nonChristian circles. Many Christians fall into one of two issues man times which both cause problems. Some become obsessed with prophecy as they attempt to decipher every little detail while others end up neglecting prophecies all together.
I have never found another holy book which emphasized the end times as much as Christian Scriptures. We, as Christians, cannot deny its importance in our faith. An entire book of Scripture deals with it for goodness sake. 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 says, “Don not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good.” In this way we fall into the rut with people who say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” This can cause many problems such as blinding people from the reality of certain Scriptures and drain the emphasis out of the urgency for evangelism.
The other end of the spectrum is equally as dangerous. Many people spend days and years arguing over views on how to interpret prophecies. Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:23, “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.” In this way we turn away nonChristians who see how pointless and stupid it is to argue how many fingers the Antichrist will have. In this over occupation on prophecies, we also lose the point of the prophecies all together. The point of it all is to bring hope and judgment. They are all about Christ returning and therefore how are we going to live. “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,” 2 Peter 3:11. Jesus will return and we will be judged, and not just nonChristians but Christians as well. I do not mean judgment of salvation, but Scripture does say our deeds will be examined. 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 says, “each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.” Therefore even we Christians need to have a healthy fear of judgment day.
The prophecies also are meant to bring hope to Christians. Revelation was originally written to persecuted Christians to give them hope that one day judgment would come and their persecution. Yet it does not only give hope to persecuted Christians but all Christians. Romans 8:23 explains, “And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. ” I myself wait eagerly for the day when Christ will come back and release me from this body and sinful desires. It could happen at any moment and I say the sooner, the better.
So let us look forward to the day when Christ will return with eagerness and caution. It could come any second for the Lord isn’t slow to fulfill His promises.