No, Christian, the End of the World Will NOT Be Soon

John Hagee is in the news. Hopefully this report is exaggerated, but I’ve seen Hagee’s TV show and it is quite believable.

From Crooks and Liars: “Pastor Hagee: ‘Blood Moon’ Eclipse On Tuesday Means End Of The World By 2015.”

On Tuesday, most of the United States will be treated to the first of four complete lunar eclipses — which scientists call a tetrad — occurring in six month intervals. The eclipses are often referred to as “blood moons” because as sunlight shines on the moon through the Earth’s atmosphere, it gives the moon a red color.

Hagee, pastor of Texas’ Cornerstone Church, has written a book on the phenomenon titled Blood Moons: Something is About to Change. And he is airing a live television event on Tuesday to reveal “direct connections between four upcoming blood-moon eclipses and what they portend for Israel and all of humankind.”

“Is this the end of the age?” Hagee asked during a recent sermon, before quoting Acts 2:19-20: And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”

“I believe that the heavens are God’s billboard, that he has been sending signals to planet Earth,” he explained. “God is literally screaming at the world, ‘I’m coming soon.'”

Hagee predicted that the four eclipses were signaling a “world-shaking event that will happen between April 2014 and October 2015.”

“God sends plant Earth a signal that something big is about to happen! He’s controlling the Sun and the moon right now to send our generation a signal, but the question is, are we getting it?”

Here’s the deal. When you read what the Bible has to say about “the end” you have basically three choices.

  1. Believe that the Bible taught people long ago that the world would end real soon because the Bible was in error.
  2. Believe that the Bible taught people long ago that the world would end “soon” but didn’t mean what we mean by “soon.”
  3. Believe that the Bible taught people long ago that the “world” would end soon but didn’t mean the physical cosmos; instead it was metaphorically referring to the old world order passing away.

Option number 1 is off-limits if you believe the Bible is inspired.

Option number 2 is what many people claim to believe. But, if they do, then they need to stop pretending that recent phenomena give them a way of figuring out the time table. The Bible provides no evidence that it is possible to do such a thing.

In my opinion, option number 3 is obviously correct. Jesus and the Apostles warned of a cataclysm that would mean persecution for the church and the destruction of Jerusalem as God’s wrath. That all happened. Yes, there will be a Judgment Day at the end of human history, but that is not something God promises will happen “soon.”

Now we live in the age where God, through the Gospel, is conquering all his enemies. All unbelief, including Islam and liberalism, will be completely defeated in normal human history through the ordinary means of grace—Christian worship, Christian living, and Christian proclamation.

So there is no hope for a sudden holiday from the life we are living and from the culture war that we are struggling to fight. God isn’t going to rescue us because we are his rescue plan. If you trust in Jesus and want to know how he plans to save the world, go look in the mirror. He has redeemed you to make you a means of liberating the world. And go to church this Sunday and look at the people there worshiping the true God. They are the army God has raised up in Christ for the sake of the world.

Stop looking at the sky; get to work.