Stop dating the church book
Waiting based on God’s promise produces humility and hope.
Stephen Witmer is the pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, Massachusetts, and teaches New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
He helps to lead Small Town Summits, which partners with The Gospel Coalition New England to serve rural churches and pastors. Stephen Witmer is the pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, Massachusetts, and teaches New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
We should begin by recognizing the positive aspect of mistaken attempts to discern the date of Jesus’s return: they draw upon and promote an eager expectation of the return of Jesus. If we’re honest, we may admit that we don’t feel enough of it ourselves.
However, many of these attempts ignore the words and spirit of Jesus’s saying in Matthew , “Of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” As claim after claim of the imminent return of Jesus has proven wrong over the last two thousand years, Jesus’s words have proven true.
Some farmers left their crops unharvested; others gave away their possessions.