Nov 8, 2018
As I stood in line waiting to go to confession recently (yes, I still do that), a man who'd lately exited the confessional approached me and in a confidential tone of voice said, "I'm beginning to believe we are in the End Times. Do you think that might be true?"
This is not a question I get asked every day. "I guess there's some evidence for it," I said. "Anyway, we'll all find out soon enough." I might have added, but it didn't occur to me just then, "In a sense, we're always in the End Times, and I suppose we always will be."
There's a lot of interest today in the End Times – the appearance of the Antichrist, the Second Coming of Christ, the Last Judgment, the end of the world, the inauguration of a "new heaven and new earth," and associated events. As you might expect, a casual check of the internet shows many sites dealing with the subject. I chose one at random, and the first thing I saw was the flat-out statement, "There can be no doubt that we are living in the last days."
Reading that, I wondered how the writer could be so certain. After all, Jesus in the gospel tells his disciples when they're fretting about these things, "Of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven" (Mt 24. 36). It must be pretty gratifying to have the inside scoop on something not even the angels know.