The End Is Near! So What?


by Eitan Shishkoff June 2, 2019

The Harvest is the end of the age (Mark 13:39).

“Work while it is yet day, for the night is coming when no man can work.” My dear friend Marty Shoub heard these words in a dream one night when he was here in Israel working on team at Tents of Mercy. You’ve likely heard them too, because Yeshua made this statement about Himself, in John 9:4. He was anticipating the “night” of His vicious execution on our behalf. But, along with many others, I’ve always applied this verse to our generation, hearing in “night” a reference to the end times.

At a January Bible conference on last days’ prophecy, we spent long and fascinating hours poring over numerous passages to discern the signs. What must happen before Yeshua comes back? How does today’s geo-political landscape compare with Ezekiel 38 and 39? I liked what the study leader, popular author Joel Rosenberg, said. Rosenberg has sold 1.5 million thriller novels, all set in the end times and interwoven with biblical prophetic elements. At the end of all the discussions (filed as 25 pages of notes in my laptop!), he said “So what?” If we are nearing the end of this world’s systems, what should we do about it, personally?

With all due respect to the scholars and experts, that was exactly what preoccupied my thoughts during the sessions: “How then shall we live?” That’s the question Peter asks in his second epistle, referring to the fact that “all these things will be dissolved” (2 Peter 3:11).

What should be my priorities, if indeed the end is near? And even if end time pundits are off a bit and Yeshua does not return for another hundred years, my biological clock is running. I am now in my 70s. I know, it’s hard to believe, but tempus fugit (time flies). So, I’m facing the “m” word … mortality. It’s gone by so fast; I hope to have another 15, 20 years but I heard about a childhood friend that passed away in his 50’s. None of us knows our own day or hour of departure. “So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). What am I doing with the limited days allotted me to do good on the earth?