During the Advent season we enjoy the rhythm of looking ahead towards Christ’s return. I have learned to love this season and I look forward to it each year. When we talk about the return of Jesus it invariably sparks some conversation about those who claim to ‘prophesy’ the very moment of that return. This has turned into a thriving market in the Christian marketplace. It seems that many of us really love reading or watching as so-called prophets or experts tell us when this world will come to an end.
Honestly, we have such explicit clarity on these things. The scriptures do include ideas that will mark the final stages of life before the return of Jesus. Yet it is also crystal clear that no one will know the moment or expect the timing of Christ’s return (Mt 24:36). Although not the purpose of this writing today, we should understand that those who claim to know or predict the end have placed themselves firmly in the ‘false teacher’ category as they are attempting to do exactly what the Bible indicates cannot be done. This should create a considerable concern in us when we hear these things.