Thinking About the End
In Matthew 24:36, Jesus responded to His disciples’ question about “the end of the age” (Matt. 24:3). Their question pertains to the end of “the last days,” the time in which we also live (see Acts 2:17; 2 Tim. 3:1; James 5:3; 2 Pet. 3:3). His response is clear and deserves our attention.
Only the Father knows the timing of the final day (Matthew 24:36). Even Jesus did not try to guess the date of the last day. Many have been attempting some fancy math to reveal one of the only secrets God has kept hidden. Until it arrives, we will not know God’s date for the final day.
The end of the age will be sudden, like the flood (Matthew 24:37-41). Although Noah and the ark would have become quite the curious spectacle, the people did not believe their world would be flooded with water and destroyed by it (see 2 Pet. 3:6). As they were utterly surprised by the worldwide flood, so will every person be surprised by the end of the age when it arrives.
Every person should make themselves ready for that day (Matthew 24:42-44). Everyone should be alert and prepared for the sudden arrival of the end when all will face God’s judgment (see 2 Cor. 5:10).
After giving this teaching, Jesus gave His life to redeem all humanity from our sins. He paid the price for our sins, and through Him, every person can be justified in the sight of God (see Rom. 3:25-26). Leave your sins behind, be baptized in His name today, and His blood will wash you clean (see Rom. 6:3-4). Make yourself ready by submitting to the will of God!