I believe Jesus Christ will return some time in the next 30 years at the latest. I DON’T believe this simply because there is a great increase in occultic activity (which there is), or because governments are stripping away the civil liberties of people in the name of fighting terrorism (which they are), or because Satan is trying to unify the nations under one global empire (which he is). Neither do I believe it simply because there is an increase in earthquakes and natural disasters, or because false prophets are rising up in the church and deceiving many, just as our Lord predicted (see Matthew 24).
I believe Jesus Christ will return soon because NOW, for the first time in history, we are within striking range of preaching the gospel to all nations and people groups of the world, in a meaningful way – in their own languages and with the demonstration of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and THEN the end will come.”
Even if MOST professing “born-again” Christians don’t care about the salvation of anyone else except themselves and possibly their close relatives, THERE ARE ENOUGH CHRISTIANS IN EVERY COUNTRY WHO DO CARE. There are enough Christians who believe in the mighty power of God which is necessary for the effective preaching of the gospel. And also, we have mass media, television and the internet with which we could reach the whole world with the true gospel if a few of us united our purpose and resources for the task.
The “One Laptop per Child” project is very interesting. I believe that within a generation every child on earth will have access to wireless internet and a computer, by which they could be reached with powerful gospel presentations.
This being the case, let us not build our castles on earth. Let’s sell our castles, if we have them, and invest the money in mass media gospel projects, helping widows and orphans and financially challenged pioneering pastors (“apostles”, if you will) in areas where the gospel is just beginning to take root. The truly wise people, who understand God’s ways, would rather invest what they cannot keep in order to gain something eternal they cannot lose.