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Summary: Ever since Jesus ascended back to heaven, His return has been eminent. Ever since that day, you could have said, “Jesus can return at any moment.” God wants His children to live like they expect Jesus to return at any time.

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8/20/2005 12:29 PM

Are We Really Living in the End Times?

Matthew 24:3-8; Daniel 12:1-4

Today, I want to get into the nitty-gritty of biblical prophecy.

And so I shall.

But first, I think that if I took a poll of everyone here and asked you what your main question about biblical prophecy was, it would probably be “Are we living in the end times right now?”

The answer to this question is . . . well, look at the bible, history and current events for yourself and then you decide.

There have been many well-meaning teachers, pastors, and bible students who have taught that in their generation the Second Coming of Christ would occur.

I have no problem with these people – it is good and biblical to be vigilant.

However, there are others that have erroneously predicted the actual day of His Second Coming.

Steer clear of these people.

These are the nut cases, the "lunatic fringes" and the biblically ignorant.

The bible is crystal clear about setting dates.

In Matthew 24:36 Jesus says, "… of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

Still there are people that continue in their vain attempt to be modern day prophets.

Edgar Whisenant sold 4.3 million copies of his book detailing why Christ would come in 1988.

December 31, 1988 came and went and no Messiah.

The next year he sold 30,000 copies of a book he wrote detailing why Christ would come in 1989.

December 31, 1989 came and went and no Messiah.

If you don’t get it the first time, try and try again, right?

After missing it twice, the retired NASA engineer who lived in a one-room shack outside of Little Rock, Arkansas said he could, “Stand in front of the Lord and say I gave it my best shot.”

It would have been far better for Whisenant to shoot for reading the bible first before making a nitwit of himself.

Acts 1:6 is another text warning us not to set dates or times.

The disciples asked Jesus after He was resurrected: "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"

He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority.” (v.7).

Did you hear that?

Not even Jesus Christ Himself knows when the Father is sending Him.

It’s similar to what the military does before deployment.

The sergeant in charge of the duty roster calls you at home and tells you to get to the base ASAP.

He tells you to bring all your gear minus your field jacket and sleeping bag and tells you to kiss your wife and kids goodbye for awhile.

You have just 2 hours to get your affairs in order.

The clock starts ticking.

You can’t find your jungle boots.

He just hinted that you are going somewhere warm.

If you are not there in less than 120 minutes and ready to go to the staging area, you will be considered AWOL.

You can’t find your bug spray either.

“Sierra, where’s my bug juice?”

As if she really knew?

Finally, you find the missing items, and the wife and kids take you into battalion.


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