For over 60+ years I have listened to the Mantra: these are the signs of the times.
Some years back, I began to ask, “…the times of what?”
Most said, “…the end of the world…” But, as I searched the scriptures I failed to find any text supporting that assertion.
Others responded, “…the signs of the end…”. To which I queried, “…the end of what..?”
Again, I was met with the assertion: the end of the world.
Others said, “…the last days…”, to which I responded, “…the last days of what…?”
Still others asserted “the end”, to which I responded, “…end of what…?”
Never in all these years have I heard any of the “…this is a sign of the end…” proponents admit to their assertions being wrong. Most egregious among these “prophets” ( in my opinion) being John Walvoord, Hal Lindsey, and Jack van Impe. (I could also include John Hagee: ).
It does appear most of the aforementioned have made good money via book sales based upon their assertions and the religious community’s credulity. (To their detriment, they neglected to give heed to the Apostolic admonitions to “test the spirits” ( 1 John 4:1) and (2 Timothy 2:15). My hope is they used this income to further the kingdom’s advance!
These men ought to be eternally grateful we are no longer are bound to Deuteronomy 13 & 18!
Against all of these “end times proponents”, I find myself bound by Ephesians 3:20, 21.
When will the saints learn assertions are not arguments?
When will they learn assertions by godly men are no more valid than assertions by the ungodly?
Sincerity is not the standard, truth is! (Isaiah 8:20 & 2 Timothy 2:15).
How much damage has been done to earnest saints led astray by such assertions?
How much fodder has been provided to the like of Dawkins and Hitchens?