Bringing on the End of the Age

	A few years ago there was a man, named Watts, in the
United States government. He had an important job. He
decided whether resources on federal lands, and some
private ones, could be opened up to use or not. His
detractors wanted him removed from office because he
was identified as a “conservative” Christian. (I do
not remember him being called a “fundamentalist,” but
he probably was.) You see, he was making more
resources available for use than “environmentalists”
were comfortable with. They blamed his actions on his
“fatalistic” religious beliefs that saw cataclysmic
natural disaster as an inevitable part of the end of
the age. The worst of his critics argued he was
actually seeking to accelerate the End of the Age by
his actions. In all of that, I remember one Biblical
prophecy actually credited to being included in
statements Watts had made concerning the time of the
end: "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that
day shall not come, except there come a falling away
first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of
perdition;" (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
	All of this brings up an interesting question
concerning man’s role in the events of the Last Days.
Can man actually hurry, prevent, or alter the Biblical
events and prophecy related to the End of the Age?
This is not a foolish question. Some believe the final
event related to the moment of the Return of the Lord
Jesus Christ is when the last person who will come to
faith in this age does so. If you believe this,
depending on how much you love this present world, you
might be found actually trying to reach that last
person or actively opposing evangelism. That is acting
on a belief, just like what it was claimed that Mr.
Watts was doing.
	Having asked the question, I now propose the answer.
It has to do with the Doctrine of God. In that
doctrine we affirm God who inhabits eternity lives in
the eternal now. He knows all things having seen them
as having already happened. In other words, nothing
can ever happen that can take God by surprise because
He has already seen it, not as a potential event but
as the actual event. This is part of the doctrine that
deals with God being all knowing. Not being able to
take God by surprise, then everything God has said
through His prophets about future events will occur as
He said and on His schedule. <”><