If Christ has not yet come after two thousand years, will the end come at all? If already in that age of the first century the followers of Christ thought that the end was near, might they have been mistaken? In what way could the end be near if he has not yet manifested himself?
The night has advanced toward dawn; the day is near. So then we must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light.
Romans 13:12 NET
Since the first century, there is nothing more between us and the coming of Christ. We are traveling along the edge of that day, as a caravan that arrives from a great distance at a river and now travels parallel to the water’s flow.
If two thousand years have passed, it means that we are that much closer, although for God a thousand years are like a single day (see 2 Peter 3).
We will arrive on that day only by heavy fighting. The obstacles are great. Challenges are thrown up at every step. Temptations whisper from the shadows.
As explorers in the depths of the jungle, with machetes always in hand, opening a path with each step they take, the effort needed to reach that final day is great.