Listen to much Christian radio, watch much Christian TV, and you'll get the message...surely these are the last days!
There are signs and wonders, and there are codes in the Bible that will tell you the day, and the hour!
Odd. Jesus Himself said, explicitly, that He didn't know when He'd be back. Only the Father knew, and He wasn't telling.
Part of the desire to have things end soon is the same desire we have when we want to get to the end of a good book...we want to see what happens at the end.
And we want verification of our faith, the Living Proof that it's all true, without - inconveniently - having to die.
Nothing new, really. Around 1914, the letters 'PCR' appeared carved in a brush-covered hillside above Santa Barbara, California, sending the residents into a panic. They thought it meant "Prepare for Christ's Return!"
Alas, it was just an advert for Painted Cave Resort. Sigh.
And the first half of the 19th century was alive with millenialist fervor. Hellfire and brimstone were circuit preachers' stock in trade, as they tried to bring in the harvest in the waning hours.
Scripturally...we simply don't know when it's going to happen. There is no Bible code, just as there is no Da Vinci code. There's no secret conspiracy of which we can become a part.
Our job is, boringly, still the Great Commission.
Bring people to the Cross, where and when we can.
And pray that we have as long as possible to do it, to save as many as possible. For to wish otherwise is kind of like being on a sinking ship, and hoping it sinks fast so you can enjoy the spectacle from your seat in a lifeboat.
Of that, one suspects God might not approve.