This issue ends our fourth year of publication. Interest in Expository Files has continued to grow, and for this we are delighted and thankful. Warren has an announcement of the Final Page concerning our "special series" for 1998. Be forewarned that our special series is NOT about speculation concerning the end of the millennium in the year 2000 (or, more correctly, 2001) and/or its relation to the second coming of Christ. For such speculative theories, you'll have to go elsewhere.
But, we, the editors and writers, do believe that Jesus is coming again. We are just not as proficient as many seem to think they are at determining when that will be. We do know that Jesus said that the angels do not know when His coming will be. In fact, He said H did not even know, but only the Father. And He said we do not know either (Matthew 24:35,36; 44; 25:13). Next time you hear someone link the year 2000 with the second coming, please inform them that they are doing something that even Jesus did not do. They must be really smart!
So, Jesus warns us to always be ready and watching. This means to be living faithfully to the Lord. Do not take it for granted that He will delay His coming to the year 2000. Neither take it for granted that His coming will be delayed until after our years here are done. Take nothing for granted except this: Jesus is coming, and we need to always be ready.
"..He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead." (Acts 17:31).
Next issue begins our fifth year of publication. We look forward to bringing you twelve more monthly issues in 1998. This is, of course, if it be the Lord's will, including recognition of the fact this world may not have twelve more months left on its calendar. God bless you and yours in 1998.
By Jon W. Quinn
The Front Page
From Expository Files 4.12; December 1997