A Matter Of The End Being Nigh?
For years, decades even, we have been assailed by "prophets", conference speakers, writers and similar to effect that "the end is nigh". In other words, that we are living in end times, that is, end end times. The Second Coming will be here before you can get home today!!
The Track Record Should we believe these people? On a probability basis answer must be resoundingly negative. Christian have been assailed for two thousand centuries by people who claimed that end is imminent. They were all wrong! Even so outstanding a disciple as Paul of Tarsus was wrong. Look at (probably) very first letter he wrote (or at least, first letter of his of which we have a copy, First Letter to Thessalonians, commonly dated to AD 50). This reflects his current view that Second Coming would probably happen before tea-time!But it did not.
Clearly someone, somewhere, sometime is going to be right. Eventually. But in meantime...?
Which begs question as to how long meantime will be, and that simply puts original question in a different form.
So what grounds are there for believing that people today know better that Paul did in his day - Paul who was so very, very near to God? Does someone, anyone have answer?
Who Has The Answer? Well, Jesus told us who has answer. Not himself, in his humanity, walking earth: "No-one knows that day or hour, not even angels in heaven, nor Son, but only Father." (Matthew 24:36)
If Jesus himself did not know, and if he has told us quite clearly that no one else knows either, why do we become so preoccupied in trying to predict Second Coming? In trying to do something which he has implied is both impossible for us and is not our concern? If it was our concern Father would not have hidden it and kept it from us