When Jesus discusses End Times prophecy with His disciples, He tells them not to get drunk. Perhaps the warning in the midst of discussion on coming Judgment is to keep us from blasting the world, when we may be eligible for judgment ourselves.
One of the joys of talking about End Times prophecy is that you can talk about how bad the world will get, are we that bad yet, will Merica survive til then? Which then leads into a discussion about how great Merica used to be and yet how the homos and drug pushers and left wing media ruined everything.
It leads to an inflated Us vs. Them mentality. In other words, obsessing on Bible prophecy tends to make people Pharisaical jerks.
It is amazing how everyone who talks about God’s coming judgment never assumes the judgment might be on them.
Jesus warns His disciples to not get drunk in the meanwhile. Earlier in His talk about End Times prophecy, He says,
“In your patience possess ye your souls.”
While you are waiting for The End, don’t get drunk, instead, be patient and possess your souls.
John Wesley says of this verse
“Be calm and serene, masters of yourselves, and superior to all irrational and disquieting passions. By keeping the government of your spirits, you will both avoid much misery, and guard the better against all dangers.”
A person who truly is interested in The End coming, controls his passions, desires, appetites and will. You possess it. You win it. You own it.
The End is coming, it’s a sobering truth, literally.
You know you understand End Times prophecy when a patient, self-control takes you over, not when you are able to discern how Barack Obama facilitates the arrival of the Antichrist.