Why the Interest in Judgment Day Predictions?

Text: Matthew 24:36

They Want to Know What God Knows

  • This is how the first sin was committed — Eve wanted to have knowledge that was exclusive to God (Genesis 3:1-6)
  • We need to be content with what God has revealed (Deuteronomy 29:29)
  • God has given us everything pertaining to life & godliness (2 Peter 1:3) and has equipped us to every good work through His word (2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • If God hasn’t revealed something, it’s because we don’t need to know it

They Desire Exclusive Knowledge

  • Having knowledge that others don’t have can lead to arrogance (1 Corinthians 8:1) — desiring knowledge that others cannot have is a product of arrogance
  • We are to share our knowledge (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8)
  • We are to cause others to understand (Ephesians 3:4; Nehemiah 8:8)

They Want a Deadline

  • Non-Christians want to wait to obey the gospel — yet this is urgent (Acts 16:33; 22:16)
  • Christians want to wait to repent of any sin in their lives — not to wait another day (2 Corinthians 6:1-2)
  • Some want to put off telling others about the gospel — but we must always be ready to teach (1 Peter 3:15)
  • Some want to quit doing any work — this was what some of the Thessalonians were doing, but it was unacceptable (2 Thessalonians 3:11-14)
  • God wants us to go about our normal lives, yet in a state of preparedness (2 Peter 3:10-11, 14)

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