Today’s Epistle reading was from 2 Peter 3. It urges readers to ignore scoffers, and instead to continue waiting patiently, because Jesus would be returning Any Day Now.
I couldn’t help but think of Deut. 18.21–22. In that passage, Moses proclaimed an evidence-based theology:
You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?"
If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.
The predictions of Jesus’s return have yet to pass this test.
(Link: Is Jesus Coming Again? The Predictors’ Track Record Doesn’t Inspire Confidence.)