Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:44
It never ceases to amaze me of the number of Christians that get all caught up in predictions. You only have to go online and do a quick Google search for the teams 'rapture, second coming, or end times' and you'll get something like 28 million or more results!
The problem with the Internet is that just about any nutcase can get online and claim some kind of special revelation about some major catastrophe that will take place on a certain date. The truth is, about 90% of it is rubbish.
Take for example the recent September 23 predictions of some kind of major catastrophic event that was to take place. What happened? Nothing! Every time a Christian gets caught up in this kind of nonsense, they get distracted from getting on with the job of making disciples of the nations.
Am I saying that we should not be concerned about end time prophecy? No. We certainly should be students of prophecy, but not at the expense of the Lords work. The people that are constantly looking to the Internet for the latest and greatest end time prophecy are usually not functioning as they should.
How do I know this? Well at one time I was extremely caught up in it all too. I can tell you from personal experience that this kind of extreme end time prophetic focus clouds your spirit from the work that the Lord has called you to perform.
It is quite clear from scripture that no one will know the day or hour of the Lords return, so why do some Christians persist in predicting dates? If they're not trying to predict the date of the Lords return, they'll be trying to predict the date of the next catastrophe.
Jesus has already predicted what would happen in the Gospels, but it's interesting to note that not even the Son of God Himself gave any dates. Dear Christian, if you're caught up in all this end time prophetic date setting junk, get out of it and get on with serving the Lord.
So what happened to September 23? Let me tell you exactly what happened, nothing. This date came and went like every other date before it. Prophetic events, predicted long ago, are most certainly taking place in our time. However, this does not mean we are to make them our primary focus.
Our primary focus should be on serving the Lord. Jesus told us to watch, or in other words to be ready. To be ready means to be living before the Lord in repentance; it means to be in prayer and His word daily; it means to be about His business of making disciples.
Have a blessed day