Q. I’ve been telling people about the Rapture and the “end times” ever since I first read Hal Lindsey’s book “The Late Great Planet Earth” 38 years ago. I’m tired of the Christians among my family and friends who have heard me for all these years and now laugh whenever I say something about current events and Bible prophecy. These are all good Christians who believe in Jesus but just aren’t interested in Bible prophecy. It’s not just that they don’t believe it, they think it’s all centuries away. I’ve lost the excitement of waiting for His return. I really thought the Rapture would have come before now.
A. The scoffing attitudes of those who don’t understand the urgency of Bible prophecy can be discouraging, especially because they’re believers, but it’s a sign of the times (2 Peter 3:3-9). As Peter said, most people have a linear concept of history and expect the future to be just like the past. They don’t understand that God has periodically intervened abruptly and dramatically in the affairs of man. Try to remember that while we wait we who long for His appearing are earning a crown that will last forever (2 Tim. 4:8). Jesus said He would come suddenly and admonished us to hold on, so that no one will take our crown (Rev. 3:11).