Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:6-8
Recently; the Church 'world' has again been shaken and disturbed by yet another date-setter, predicting the end of the world as we know it, but worse than this, Harold Camping is just the latest notable figure to repudiate, and publically mock the Gospel of Jesus the Christ, who said, repeatedly, that the first-century would play host, not just to His coming, or 'parousia', but to His judgment on the enemies of His people!
To be fair, some notables of the dispensational/futurist camp have avowed that 'of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven', quoting Jesus in Matthew 24:36. Paul wrote similarly to the Thessalonian believers, 'you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night' ( I Thessalonians 5:2 ). History has proven, though, that although they may not have known the day or the hour; those first-century believers were not at all surprised by this event. Jesus told His followers, in Matthew 24:15-35 very specifically about the events immediately preceding His 'parousia', while Paul told his Thessalonican audience, a few sentences after his earlier statement, which I quoted above; 'But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief', reminding them that, as followers of the Christ, they had been given a special insight into the matter, and thus would not be surprised, as others, who 'did not know until the flood came and took them all away' ( Matthew 24:39 ); Jesus said that His coming would be very like this! In the case of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, for example; history has shown that some indeed, those who were 'in the know', had information that the attack was coming, although virtually nothing was done to halt it ( quite the opposite, actually ). Here is a quote from the Wikipedia article, on the subject; 'Though by late 1941 many observers believed that hostilities between the U.S. and Japan were imminent, and U.S. Pacific bases and facilities had been placed on alert on multiple occasions, U.S. officials doubted Pearl Harbor would be the first target'.
While the earlier part of the passage above ( Galatians 6 ) might seem to lend credence to the idea that we should treat these charlatans, mockers, actually, of the true Gospel with 'kid-gloves': I believe that a moment's reflection, common sense, really, will show that these men, and others like them, have not only made much ( false ) profit from their fear-mongering lies and postulations, but have inadvertently ( ignorantly? ) made a mockery of the revelation of God's Word, and opened the 'flood-gates' for many unbelievers, even weaker brethren, to deny or doubt the validity and veracity of that Word! These men, in other aspects of their 'ministry', may seem to have some good things to say, but I believe that their actions, for the most part, reveal their true intentions, which, no doubt, are not meant to mock God, or His 'good news', but simply to make a profit!
In the passage that I first quoted; Paul warns these men that 'whatever a man sows, that he will also reap', but earlier, God told them through Jeremiah ( 23:1 ); 'Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!', and throughout the rest of chapter 23, says things like, 'I will bring disaster on them', 'I will feed them with wormwood', and 'behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you and forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and [ will cast you ] out of My presence'.
'Soon' does not mean 2,000 years!