“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” (Matthew 24:36).

The graveyard of history is littered with the tombstones of doomsayers and prognosticators. To avoid being fooled by those who continue in their attempts to “decode” what Jesus himself confessed to not knowing, we would do well to keep before us the intent of sacred scripture – heralding the preeminence of Christ and His exalted role in the redemptive purposes of God. This is the goal of the Law and the prophets in the Old Testament (“For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John” Matthew 11:13). Continued efforts to make the ancient text into some kind of predictor of global disasters, Arab-Israeli relations, or any event dominating a 24-hour news cycle dishonors the sufficiency of our Lord and all that was fulfilled in his death, burial, and resurrection. The words spoken by the prophets of old were but pointers to the One who would be the Word Incarnate. The greatest testimony of our confidence in Him isn’t to pass the day with calculators and charts in hand; that we might, to the day, predict his return but, rather, to live obediently each day with the anticipation that this is the day.

I would not begin to guess the day but I know the day is imminent. Live accordingly.

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