- They don’t understand (don’t feel qualified)
- They fear offending members of the congregation
- People will be scared
- People might not tithe if they think we’re close to the end
- Fear of looking like the loony-tune fringe
“Eschatology is the thread that weaves the tapestry of Scripture into a glorious mosaic…” Hank Hanegraaff, The Complete Bible Answer Book—Collector’s via CRI
Biblical prophecy, of our past, present and future, spotlights the Bible as God’s revelation to humanity, and points to Jesus Christ, who died for us, rose from the dead so we can live, and is coming again to gather us to Himself. When we omit the latter, we dilute the urgency of several parables in the New Testament, that teach the sudden, unexpected, dramatic coming of the Lord, and the importance of readiness (the door keeper: Luke 12:35-38, The head of the House: Luke 12:39-40, the servant in charge of the household: Matt 24:42-49, the ten virgins: Matt 25:1-13, the talents Matt 25:14-30).
In addition, the great commission instructs us to make disciples by baptism, and by teaching them to observe all Jesus commanded. (Matt 28:16-20). Jesus rebuked the people, of His time, for not recognizing the signs of His coming. (Luke 12:56).
It is important that our lamps are not only filled with the Holy Spirit, and trimmed with the word of God, but that we are also “watching” for His glorious return. To help educate others in this area, and pass down the understanding of the “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13), not only glorifies God, but prepares our future generations for a mature relationship with Christ, and provides them with specific discernment tools for the last days.