To those who set dates for Christ’s return (Day of the Lord) or the end of the world I say this … you are false teachers and false prophets ... you do not know the Truth. No one, man or angelic being, knows the hour or day of His return. Even though man is set on setting dates for His return, the truth is only God the Father knows when this will take place and He has never or will ever tell anyone what that day will be until that day comes and is heralded by a trumpet blast and the Lord appearing in the clouds with His angels. What is His reason for not telling anyone? Obviously for the same reason He gave when he explained to His disciples why He spoke in parables to the crowds about the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 13:10-17) If everyone knew when He was going to return, then everyone would be saved for they would make sure all their t’s were crossed and all their i’s doted before the hour arrived. It is like a dishonest gold merchant who uses a balance that under weighs the gold so that he does not have to pay as much for it, and is notified that he will be visited by a government official on a specific day to have his weigh scale inspected. Before that day comes, he adjusts it so that it measures accurately. Let us put ourselves in God’s shoes for a moment. Would you want to spend eternity with someone who only obeyed you out of fear of eternal punishment? What do you think would happen once the danger had passed and they knew they were not going to hell to be punished for eternity … what do you think happened when the government official left after checking up on our gold merchant? He returned to his dishonest ways for his heart had not been changed and was still wicked. Before asking “when will Jesus come back” … we should first ask who Jesus was and why He came to earth and had to die on the cross. Why be concerned about when Jesus is coming back, when you are not even ready to meet Him?
The world did not end on Dec 21, 2012 nor will it in 2013, or 2014, or even 2015. The world will end for some … those who are appointed to die during this period of time, but the whole world will not end any time soon. We get these people who are all hung up on predicting the end of the world who really are not happy with this world and allot of people who are not happy with their life believing them, stockpiling food or building underground shelters as their way of preparing for some unforeseen calamity that will happen on such and such a date, and that afterward somehow their lives will be better. Instead of wishing your life or world will end … why not chose to change your life for the better now? Make your life a life worth living, by living life the way God intended for you to live it. And instead of fearing what may happen in the future, comfort yourself in the knowledge that God guarantees the future of those who choose to believe on Him and make His words their own. So how do I know that the world is not going to end any time soon? The Word of God says that it will not end in this century or even this millennium, so anyone who thinks that the world will end soon is wrong, unless they are thinking that 1000 years is soon. You may ask, “Where does it say that? … Well read the following portion of scripture and you will see – Revelation 20:1-6
The end of the world will not come for quite some time … first you have the reign of the Anti-Christ where the church will go through a period of global persecution - a time of great trouble. This is said to last for a period of just over three years. At the end of this time Jesus shall return on the Day of the Lord (no time limit on the events) - first the sun turn red and the moon not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven after which Jesus and His army of angels appear in the clouds. He sends out his angels to gather the elect, both the living and the dead, then fight the forces of darkness, defeating the armies led by Satan in the Battle of Armageddon. After God has poured out His bowls of wrath on the wicked there will be 1000 years where the nations (survivors of God’s wrath) will be ruled by Jesus and His saints … Satan will be bound during this time and there will be peace on the earth. At the end of the 1000 years, Satan will be released and deceive yet again the objects of God’s wrath for one final battle. Then after that the world will be destroyed by fire and a new heaven and new earth will be created, and only those individuals whose names are written in the Book of Life will have a room in the New Jerusalem hotel forever. So you see this world will not end soon and will be around for at least another 1000 years.
Note: The “Day of the Lord” has several aspects to it – first signs in the heavens (sun be darkened and the moon not give it’s light, stars falling from sky, then Jesus appearing in the clouds with His army of angels); the gathering of the saints … both the living and the dead … who will meet the Lord in the air at His coming; the Battle of Armageddon where Satan and his armies will be defeated by God and His armies; the wrath of God poured out on the wicked. We are not told exactly how long the Day of the Lord is … is it a 24 hour day, or a much longer period? Remember the Sun and Moon and the stars in the heavens used to measure time and the seasons will be taken out of the equation. To God a 1000 years is like a day (Psalm 90:4; 2 Pet 3:8) and is not bound by time… so not sure how long the “Day of the Lord” will actually be.