In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus tells us that there will be wars and
rumors of wars that many will wrongly think to be the coming of the
end. This suggests that the end will be many years from the time of the
Discourse, and thus it is appropriate to focus our attention on how the
Apocalyptic impacts our lives today.
We should look to this present time not as a time of delay or a time of
anticipation, but as a time when God is making the preparations for the
time to come. We must not see this as a time to relax, but it is also
unwise to look for numerology or hints to the time of the end. This
present time is one where troubles happen, and some of these troubles
may have to do with God’s plan for the end times, but many will not.
God has graciously given us this time so that we may repent, but we
should be living it as though the end times are imminent.
The closing theme is Gerard Satamian’s Chansons Sans Paroles Op. 2 Pastorale, from the album Dry Fig Trees. www.magnatune.com