Every believer is aware that the end of this world shall one day come, but not all believers know the true sign of the end nor the time it will come. This is not supposed to be so. Everything we need to know about the end is well documented in scripture . But the problem many times is that believers either do not study their Bibles at all or they read their Bibles without paying attention to details .
Many in trying to warn believers of the end have said that Jesus will come like a thief in the night. They have said that to suggest that many believers will be taken unawares when the rapture finally comes and hence, believers should be prepared and ready always. But how true? Two Bible verses talk of Jesus coming like a thief in the night ; Matthew 23:43 and 1Thessalonians 5:2 . Let's take the latter scripture verse only for the sake of time :
1 Thessalonians 5:2:
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
Preachers over the years have used that verse to preach fear into the lives of believers ; making them believe that that day will come suddenly and many believers will be taken unawares Jesus will come like a thief in the night . But this is wrong . For the believer, Jesus won't come like a thief in the night. Why?Because the believer is not of the night but of the day ! Let's see this in the scriptures :
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5:
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness,that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
We therefore see that from the same book and chapter, it is clearly stated that nothing will take the believer unawares. The believer is of the day and not of the night. The believer is not trying to prepare for rapture or Jesus' coming; the believer is prepared already ! The end will only come as a surprise for unbelievers - like a thief in the night.
THE TRUE SIGN OF THE END :
Whenever believers are asked what the signs of the end are , they are quick to say things like: wars and rumours of wars,kingdom rising against kingdoms, famine,earthquakes, the rise of false prophets,etc... All these are surly signs of the end, but not the true sign of the end. Let's see the scripture :
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name,saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, BUT THE END IS NOT YET.
Jesus Himself says those are not the true sign of the end. For hundreds of years, we have seen many earthquakes, wars, false Christ's, rumours of wars , etc . Yet the end did not come. It tells you that those are not the true signs of the end.
What then is the true sign of the end? Jesus again would give us the answer :
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; AND THEN SHALL THE END COME.
Jesus says the end will not come until the gospel of the kingdom is preached all over the world - that is the true sign of the end!Until that happens, the end will not come.
HOW CLOSE IS THE END ?
In year 2020 during the period Covid-19was ravaging the world, a renowned and well respected Pastor had predicted the end to come in the next six years. In fact,he was audacious enough to say if the end doesn't come in six years time, then it can never exceed ten years from the year2020. He came about his conclusion using the prophecy of Daniel, the Jewish calendar and the dates of the destruction of the temple . But the truth is that Jesus alone is the explanation of the scriptures -Jesus explains all things. Anything one tries to explain outside Christ will land in error.
Jesus says the gospel of the kingdom must be preached all over the world before the end comes. The question then is: what is the gospel of the kingdom ?The gospel of the kingdom is simply the death , burial and resurrection of Jesus and all the benefits it brings to the born again man. This message will spread until all believers come to the unity of the faith where we fully come to the knowledge of Jesus - Ephesians 4:13 . But has that been preached all over the world today ? Has all believers come to the unity of faith ? The answer is an emphatic NO!
Pastors in their thousands have neglected the message of the kingdom and are more interested in preaching financial prosperity and success principles, yet they expect the end to come soon? No way!
There is still a massive work to be done. Millions are still lost out there. Many believers also are still ignorant of the benefits of the death , burial and resurrection. So rather than lazy about waiting for rapture or the end to come, get busy; go out there and preach the message of the kingdom !