From a reader:
Are we now in the end times?
Yes, we are.
We have been in the end times ever since Our Lord ascended to the right hand of the Father.
Because of Our Lord’s promises to return even before the generation had passed (whatever that meant!), devout Christians have felt as if we were living on the edge of a knife. This tension is good for us. It must be intended by the Lord, as a matter of fact.
It seems that, watching the signs of the times through history, the Lord must be about to return to unmake the world and act as Judge and submit all creation to the Father. As Christians we want the Lord to return. As Christians our prayer was directed Eastward as a manifestation of our belief that the Lord would return and out of our fervent desire that He come … and soon.
Every generation at some point feels or senses itself to be the last. Sometimes this sense is stronger, sometimes vaguer. It may be that the conditions which are apt for the Lord’s return develop and then, because of the prayers of some or the sacrifices of others, the Lord delays. We don’t know how this works.
All we know is that one day we will be face to face with the Judge.
One day Our Lord will come either for the whole world, or just for us personally. We are all going to die, in the natural course of things, unless the Lord makes the big return first!
Yes, we are in the “end times”.
A helpful book for this is David Currie’s Rapture: The End-Times Error That Leaves the Bible Behind. He is the author of Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic.
We should always keep the Four Last Things in the forefront of our minds. That means we should also know what pitfalls to avoid. There is a lot of confusion about the end times.