“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end” (Matthew 24:6).
That we are in the last days isn’t determined by the current events headlining the daily news. From a biblical perspective, we have been in the last days since the Day of Pentecost, when God poured out his Spirit (Acts 2:16-17). The events of history that the last days prognosticators and doomsayers have deemed as “signs” of Christ return—wars, natural disasters, terroristic acts, economic crashes, pandemics—these are but the chaos of a broken creation. While everyone else is troubled and frightened by the “signs of the times,” we are to be a settled and reassuring presence as we fearlessly wait upon the only true sign that will be given—the return of Christ.