The effect of Egypt’s implosion last week on the instability of its own government and of the region has Bible students asking (again), “Is the end-time almost here?” Beyond the wars and rumors of wars in the Middle East, there are, of course, other signs of impending end-times: epic increases in extreme weather; escalating hatred of Israel, world-wide persecution of Christians, and a surge in apostasy.
Unfortunately, while the end-time is welcomed by most believers, it is a fearful thing to others. Why? Fear of the unknown? Feeling unsafe? Displaced? And might this be why Jesus said, “do not be troubled [afraid]; I’m going to prepare a place [of refuge] for you” (John 14:2).