1 Peter 1:10-12 "As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven -- things into which angels long to look."
There seem to be many who wish to be recorded in history as that person who declares the end of the world. It is quite an ostentatious and auspicious endeavour and I might add something that is not seemingly apparent to those who prophesied the end, in the event they are correct (which is absurd) there will be no one to record their success for posterity's sake.
The words recorded in the Bible concerning the eschatological events of the end times are interpreted with a view to understanding meanings which are not intended to be understood. That's what makes it a mystery (I am allowed to be redundant) So What is the sense of having a Biblical record of the end times?
Each generation has been given a mandate to live their lives as Ambassadors of Jesus Christ. "Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation."
It is always interesting to delve into the mysteries of the Bible, however the conjectures made by astute and discerning individuals who have made study and inquiry into these subjects is limited, in this instance, by a lack of an omniscient perspective. This important and obvious glitch in a person's ability to accurately forecast the end of the world is not lost on some critics of Christianity. Entirely too much energy and resources are used in attempting, unsuccessfully, to predict the Rapture. No prophet has ever claimed omniscience, only an adequate, God-given knowledge of a limited topic of importance. This statement obviously refutes any claim by end time predictors of holding the title of prophet. The term end-time prophet is mutually exclusive.
We, and every subsequent generation, only have history to better understand the implications and nuances of Biblical revelation. I believe that history reveals one very important, relevant, crucial and comprehensible aspect of end time prophesy, in that, only God knows. Our historical advantages although much maligned by the passing of time, also augment the urgency of our mandate to proclaim that an end will come to all life and that God has provided salvation. We have a concession "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."
The end-time has come upon each individual within their own life-time. It is not an event, it is an outcome. It is not a culmination, it is a choice in time. It is not in death, it is in life. The end-time occurs with the decision made in this life not with the destruction of the world. Those who will listen need to understand you are being plucked from Hell, now, while you are yet alive, conscious, sentient and decisive.
Revelation 22:10 "Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand."
Who in his mind has not probed the dark water? John Steinbeck