End of the world: Prepare, not when
LET ME preface this feedback to Prof. Randy David’s Dec. 23 column (“When prophecy fails”), with a disclaimer: I am not a professional instructor in Ancient Writings, i.e., the Scriptures. Rather, what I would admit to is, I am earnestly into biblical studies, both of the Old and the New Testaments.
The Scriptures recorded it plainly and clearly that anyone who had claimed to be a prophet and made predictions, but whose predictions did not come true, is deemed by God as a false prophet.
Regarding the end of age, while it is true that the Scriptures prophesied that the Day of Reckoning would come, the same Scriptures said no one knows the exact day and year it would come, except God the Father.
The citizens of the world may be hearing of wars, natural calamities such as earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and tsunamis, but it is not yet the end of world. Those signs are but birth pangs. And birth pangs do not occur once or twice or thrice before delivery; mothers who have given birth can attest to this fact.
What the Lord Jesus Christ said is simply to get ready, since His second coming is like a thief in the night that no one knows exactly when the thief would come.