USA - Are the End Times Upon Us?

Arno Froese

Four in 10 US adults believe that humanity is currently living in “the end times,” with the coronavirus pandemic and other catastrophes and anxieties causing many to ascribe a religious meaning to it all, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

The end times are described in the pages of Christian religious texts. Eschatology, as it is also known, tends to be seen in Christianity as encompassing a wide range of events. These include what is mentioned in the Bible as well as in extra-biblical opinions and views. 

Overall, premillennialism is far more common in the US than postmillennialism, though a larger portion of Americans tend to not be sure about the circumstances that would lead to Jesus returning.

Certain demographics within the US Christian community tended to believe humanity is currently experiencing the end times more than others, the Pew survey showed.

It isn’t just the COVID-19 pandemic that led some to think the end times have come for us all. Other crises have continued to mount in recent years, and one of the most notable of these crises is the ongoing climate change situation.

Just as the biblical flood was sparked by mankind’s apathy and sinful nature, so too was this new flood, specifically due to man’s sinfulness and apathy towards the planet led to the ongoing climate change crisis.

But the biblical flood was no end times scenario. Whether this has any bearing on the current series of crises ravaging the Earth is unknown. 

-www.jpost.com, 11 December 2022

Arno's Commentary

While the Biblical flood was not an end-time scenario, we know that the Lord Jesus pointed to those days. For example, Luke 17:26-27 states: “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” We note, however, that these day-to-day activities mentioned by the Lord are not in themselves a sign. There is nothing more normal than to eat, to drink, to get married, and to give our children into marriage. But at that time they failed to take note of “the day that Noah entered into the ark.” Matthew 24:37 confirms: “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

The end times, or the last days, are identified at the birth of the Church in Jerusalem. The apostle Peter refers to the prophet Joel: “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:16-17).

We may add that, in our generation, we are witnesses to the super success of globalism, despite many difficult events taking place on planet earth. But there is no denying that the world has never been as united as it is today; not because of being more peaceful, better educated, and more tolerant, but simply because of one word: merchandise. The West depends on the East, and the East depends on the West. That was not the case just two centuries ago. Now we believe the end stages of the end times are upon us.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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