There are many people who spend much time studying the end times. The last book in the Bible, Revelations is all about the end times. I personally find this book incredibly confusing. I personally have found very little benefit from thinking or pondering this subject. I figure I am more likely to die in a car crash then experience the rapture. Similarly I typically have enough in my life in the here and now immediate future to deal with to worry about the end of the world. I am not all that interested in this topic. I am more interested in what God is doing here, today and now. Similarly I would much rather focus on joining God in the work he is doing now then try to figure out the mysteries of the end of the world.
With all that said, it has made me wonder why God even gave this revelation to John and made this part of the Bible? For me I think revelation is similar to the revelations given to the prophets in the Old Testament. It is a reminder to us that God knows all of the future. It is a reminder that God already has things mapped out. It is a reminder of his sovereignty. But it is also a reassurance of what the end result will be. It is a promise of God’s work on earth coming to completion with the complete abolishment of Satan, sin and the formation of a new heaven and earth. It is a promise that should give us hope. It is the promise that Jesus is returning.
I do not focus on the end times and I tend to shy away from people who try to take current events as evidence that the end times are occurring. I figure my job is to abide in Jesus, rest in him and join him in his will for my life. But I also find hope in that God has everything mapped out. The entire world and future is in his hands. He knows the future and the knows the time. I will focus on today and let God handle the future.
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelations 22:12