A Biblical Perspective
In today’s world, it’s hard to ignore the signs and events happening around us. From natural disasters to political unrest and global pandemics, many people are wondering if we are indeed living in the end times prophesied in the Bible. While we should never try to predict the exact timing of these events, we can find guidance and encouragement from scripture as Christians.
Restraining from trying to predict the end, is a way in which we display faith in the ultimate wisdom of God. We honor Him by leaving the timing in His hands and go about the business of what He has commissioned us to do – no matter the circumstance or events. If we are meant to be “watchful and remain alert as the end draws near”, here is what we should be doing rather than chasing after end times conspiracy theories.
It Does Look Like The Signs of the End Times
One of the most widely known passages that speaks of end times is found in the Book of Matthew, where Jesus foretells various signs. In Matthew 24:6-7 (NIV), Jesus says, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”
When we look at the world today, we can see these signs manifesting in the form of conflicts and wars in different regions. The Bible also talks about an increase in lawlessness, as mentioned in Matthew 24:12 (NIV), “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” Unfortunately, we witness moral decay and increasing disregard for biblical values in society.
We Don’t Get Distracted or Discouraged
Living in these uncertain times can be challenging, but as Christians, we have the hope and assurance of God’s promises. Here are some practical steps we can take:
1. Deepen Your Faith: Spend more time in prayer, reading the Bible, and seeking a closer relationship with God. As we face turbulent times, our faith becomes a source of strength and stability.
2. Share the Gospel: The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) instructs us to “go and make disciples of all nations.” In these end times, it’s crucial to share the message of salvation and hope with those who have not yet heard it or who have drifted from their resolve.
3. Love and Serve: In 1 Peter 4:8-9 (NIV), we are encouraged to “love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins” and to “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” By demonstrating love and service to others, we reflect the teachings of Jesus. Allowing the tension of end times to infiltrate our thinking will cause us to become selfish in our self-preservation, find fault with other believers and our unity will start to falter. In the end times our service to each other is what will carry us and keep us in unity.
4. Be Prepared in Faith: While we do not know when the end times will come, it’s wise to be prepared for any crisis, whether it’s a natural disaster, financial downturn, or societal unrest. Being strong in our faith and being ready to help those in need is a practical way to follow biblical principles.
While we cannot definitively say that we are living in the end times, the signs and events around us certainly make us ponder the possibilities. As Christians, our focus should be on living out our faith, sharing the love of Christ, and finding hope and purpose in our relationship with God. The Bible provides guidance and comfort, reminding us that even in uncertain times, we can trust in God’s plan and continue to be a light in the world.