Some of my earliest childhood memories are from being in church. And as far back as I can remember, Christians have been claiming that we’re living in the end times. And I’m not talking about the fringe, date-setting (or -suggesting) kind of people. I used to take for granted that these were the Earth’s final days, until I studied for myself. Now I object to statements like, “We’re living in the end times.” Not because I believe we’re not, but because I believe we don’t know for sure. To be clear: I do believe that Jesus is coming back, and I do believe that it could be any day. But I don’t know for sure that it will be within my lifetime, or yours.
In my library, I recently came across the following from Dr. Thomas Williamson:
“Actually, the Bible teaches that there is no way for us to know whether we are in the Terminal Generation or not. ‘It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.’ – Acts 1:7. ‘But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.’ – I Thessalonians 5:1-2 ‘But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only….Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come….Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.’ – Matthew 24:36,42,44.
“Christian believers and self-appointed prophecy experts throughout the centuries have been convinced that they were living in the Terminal Generation. They were certain that they could see, in their own day and age, the signs of Christ’s Second Coming based on their interpretation of texts in the Book of Revelation and other parts of the Bible. So far, they have always been wrong in their date-setting speculations.”
Copied from What does the Bible Really Say about That?,
Thomas Williamson (2008).