For centuries, actually, near two millennia, prophecy prognosticators have been making claims like those of Laurie’s based on the events of their day. My library is filled with books claiming that the end was near during WW I, WW II, the Russian revolution, the militarization of Japan, the French Revolution, every European war ever fought, and even the rise of Islam hundreds of years ago.
For decades Christian prophecy writers have been telling their followers that we’re living in the last days and Jesus is coming soon. Hal Lindsey and Chuck Smith assured their readers that it would all come to an end before 1988. That was 27 years ago. If we go back to 1970 when Lindsey wrote Late Great Planet Earth, it’s been 45 years. How much damage do you think has been done to our nation because millions of Christians were convinced that nothing could be done to change things because they were convinced they were living in the “last days”?
There have been wars, famines, plagues, earthquakes, signs in the heavens, and the rise of disparate religions like Islam since the beginning of time. Prophecy writers turn to Jesus’ predictions that He made on the Mount of Olives and miss the point that He was addressing the generation of His audience. That’s why he used the second personal plural: “When you see . . .” (Matt. 24:15; see vv. 4, 6, 20, 33: “when you see all these things”). That why Jesus said, “this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” “This generation” was their generation, not ours (Matt. 24:34).
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