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It’s been a pattern throughout history that people thought the Apocalypse or last days were upon us, particularly during wars, pandemics, celestial events, and more…Here are two reasons we may or may not be near the last days.

Requisite signs of the end of days

there are hundreds of signs in the Bible that point toward the end times in both the four Gospels of Jesus, the book of Revelation, and more. A list of 101 end signs Bible prophecies can be found at Thrive.am.

The roots of apocalypticism, originally referred to as revelation but now referring to the belief that the end of the world is imminent, goes back to Zoroastrianism. The belief system developed more fully under the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This is also intertwined with eschatology, a part of theology specifically concerned with the “end times” or end of the world.

For our look, we will focus Christian eschatology, on the signs given in the New Testament Book of Revelation, although some of this will relate to Jewish eschatology as well. According to Scripture, these things must occur as indications that we are in the End of Days.

To be fair, we’re going to look at both arguments, reasons the end times or last days may or may not be near.

1. The rebuilding of the third Temple

Before the Messiah or Jesus Christ returns, the Third Temple must be rebuilt in Israel.

Reasons it’s too soon:

Many believe that the Third Temple will be rebuilt on the Temple Mount in the old city of Jerusalem.

However, that spot is currently occupied by the al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, and the Dome of the Chain, considered among the holiest sites in Islam.

Many view it as impossible that a Jewish temple would ever replace these Islamic sites or be built in this location. In fact, some people believe that if these three mosques were ever destroyed it would set off World War III.

Reasons it could come soon:

The Bible says that the Temple was in the “City of David.”

Recent archaeological discoveries in Israel indicate that the site of the Temple Mount is not the actual location of the first two Temples.

Several videos on YouTube have made strong arguments, showing recent archaeological evidence, including one titled “The lost Temple Mount-the relocation of Solomon’s Temple in the city of David, Jerusalem” and another entitled “True Temple Mount in the city of David, Mount Zion.”

An article in JSTOR from 2011 also argued that “The City of David is not on the Temple Mount after all.”

If the Temple Mount is not the original location of the Temple of Solomon, and its actual location is discovered elsewhere…Then at that point, a rebuilding of the third Temple could occur at any time.

2. Spreading the gospel to the whole world

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

– Matthew 24:14

Reasons it’s too soon:

Many believe Jesus’ words in the above verse mean that the whole world must hear the gospel of the kingdom of Christ before the end times can come.

The Joshua Project tracks the spreading of the Christian gospel throughout the world. According to its status as of this writing, 42.5 percent of people groups across the globe are unreached, as well as 3.27 billion people overall or 41.8 percent of the world’s population.

According to these statistics and the aforementioned belief, spreading the gospel throughout the world is only a little over half accomplished.

Reasons it could come soon:

Most biblical scholars agree that this phrase is not to be taken literally. The biblical scholar Ellicott says of the above verse: “The words must not be strained beyond the meaning which they would have for those who heard them.”

Many scholars say that “the end” Jesus was referring to was the destruction of the city of Jerusalem and Temple, which happened in 70 A.D. therefore, they say this prophecy has already been fulfilled.

You can all also make a second argument you can’t take this too literally over the fact there are people who died throughout history before the gospel could reach them. They will always be unreachable. Thus, technically, it will always be accurate to say the whole world hasn’t heard the gospel.

A third argument may be made the existence of the Internet now makes the gospel available to the entire world, thus, fulfilling a literal interpretation of this prophecy.

If this prophecy has already been fulfilled, check off one more requirement on the road to the End of Days.