A lot of people today are asking this question: Is this the start of the End Times? And to be fair, they have valid reasons for asking this question. There were bushfires, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, pestilence, plagues, famine, and more recently, a global pandemic (COVID-19), which now brings anxiety, fear, unemployment, socio-political unrest, economic breakdown, fatalities, and so much more.
Because of this, many individuals are taking advantage of the situation and prophesying when exactly the world will end or when the second coming of Christ will happen, also known as, the Judgment Day.
But please be reminded that even Jesus said in Matthew 24:36 that no one knows but God the Father alone:
“”But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” – Matthew 24:36 ESV
He goes on and says in verse 42:
“Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” – Matthew 24:42 ESV
The same was also cited in Mark 13:32-33:
“”But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.” – Mark 13:32-33 ESV
There will be tribulations but as it is written in the Bible, it is only the beginning of the birth pains. The Son of Man is coming at an hour we do not expect. Jesus warned us of false prophets and false prophecies concerning the End Times, leading people astray and losing focus of the truth and what’s important:
“And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” – Matthew 24:4-13 ESV
The same warning was mentioned in Mark:
“And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.” – Mark 13:21-23 ESV
So, instead of trying to decipher when the End Times will come, we have to focus on spreading the gospel and sharing the Good News. This is very important because Jesus said that when the Good News has been proclaimed throughout the world, THEN the end will come.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” – Matthew 24:14 ESV
There are still a lot of unreached people groups that have not heard the gospel yet. We must go, support, or pray for more cross-cultural missionaries to reach these people groups so we can fulfill the Great Commission that Jesus has sent us to do. Watch this video for more information about unreached people groups:
Every Nation President, Steve Murrell, also covered this End Times Hysteria topic and would be worth watching.
Remember, be alert and be on your guard, so you are not led astray by false prophets and false prophecies! Jesus already warned us about this and said that no one knows when His second coming will be but our Father in Heaven only. Don’t waste time deciphering when this would happen. Instead, we have to focus on preaching the gospel; we have to reach out and engage more people. If you can’t go to another country for missions, it’s okay. You can still support them either through giving or by praying for them. Click ‘Every Nation’ in the menu bar and you’ll be taken to the Every Nation site where an option to ‘Give’ in the menu bar is available.
You can also share the Good News in your own little way. Start with your circle of influence, your family, friends, people in your local community. Or you can use your God-given talents to connect to people and plant the seed of the Word of God in their hearts, i.e. music, blogging, etc. Honestly, there are a lot of ways to do it nowadays. The question is, are you willing?
Have a blessed weekend everyone!