Article - The Sky is Falling...The Sky is Falling!
Do you remember the story of Chicken Little? Chicken Little is sitting under a tree and suddenly an acorn hits him on the head. Chicken Little then jumps to the conclusion that the sky is falling and the end of the world is coming. Chicken Little runs around the farm telling all his friends about the sky falling and before you know it the whole farm is in an end-time uproar. The moral to The Sky is Falling is simple: Do not believe everything you hear. Some in our religious world have a striking resemblance to Chicken Little and his impulsive assessment of world events. They will say, “Look at the battle going on in Israel. They are fighting again in the Gaza strip. This means the world will end shortly.” Are these battles really a sign of the end-times? Absolutely not! The Bible teaches no one can know when the world will end. Allow me to illustrate this from Scripture and history.
The New Testament makes it abundantly clear that no one knows when the end of time will be. Jesus said, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). Paul taught that the coming of the Lord would be sudden and unexpected. He said, “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night” (1 Thes. 5:2). Paul also said the Lord’s coming/end of the world would be “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52). These passages teach us that no one knows or can know when the end of the world/coming of Christ will be. If one cannot know the day or the hour, then it is utterly foolish to say that certain world events teach us the end is near. You cannot know when Christ will come or when the world will end.
Another important factor to consider is the ongoing battle that has always existed in Israel. A major reason why this end-time frenzy is occurring is because some propagating it are too young to remember or too unfamiliar with world history to realize there has always been fighting in Israel. The battle in Israel has been ongoing since the days of Isaac and Ishmael (Genesis 16:11-12). This is not something new. The sky is not falling. Remember, you cannot know when Christ is coming (Matthew 24:36)!
Just as the moral to The Sky is Falling is do not believe everything you hear, so the lesson for us is the same. Just because someone gets on TV or Radio and preaches the end-times are near does not mean it is true. Don’t believe everything you hear! Rather, trust God and the Bible and live your life in such a way that when the Lord comes you will be ready.
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