I wish I could accurately predict exactly when Jesus will return. But then again I’m just not that smart and Jesus also told us only our heavenly Father knew the exact date and time. So for now we will just have to keep on living one day at a time, staying in God’s will and sharing the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
But I certainly don’t think it is a stretch to assume we are getting very close to our savior’s return. And the most important question is not when he will return—rather it is a question Jesus asked in Luke 18:8—“When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth?”
Jesus knew there would be a great falling away in the final days. This is confirmed of course in the writings of the Apostles. So rather than obsess on when Jesus will return, we should be in His Word so we will not be one of those who falls away.
I don’t obsess on what is going on in the world. War, terrorism, cruelty, greed, pride—these are the staples of fallen man. We should expect nothing more from non-believers. What concerns me is the rapid growth of false teachings within Christianity. I’m not talking about disagreements on when the rapture will occur or other relatively insignificant disagreements—I’m talking about teachings that are attempting to undermine the very nature and character of God. Teachers that question the existence of hell when Jesus specifically taught that it is real; teachers that are trying to merge Christianity with false religions in the hopes mankind can usher in a utopian world of peace and harmony. Some of these teachers may well have good intentions, but they are teaching deception that will lead many astray.
It is one thing to have well intentioned disagreements on interpretation of certain scriptures. It is quite another to call into question the very nature of God and doubt what He says about eternity. That is a very dangerous road to travel on. God will forgive us for not getting every scripture right—but questioning His character or nature is tempting His anger and wrath.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life—and few find it.” Do we take Jesus at His word—that the road is narrow? That if we love Him we will obey all He commanded? If Jesus called you to His throne of judgment today, which path would He find you on?