One reason, of course, is our great hope of the 'Rapture', the other is keeping ourselves girded up for persecution.
It's coming. In fact, it's already here, as I'm sure you already know. Everything around me is telling me to be prepared.
So how do we stay prepared? Reading and prayer. Natch. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And it's so true. Stay well fed.
Pray each day for the strength to get through another day. Pray that you will be prepared, girded up, sitting on the rock, when the onslaught comes. Persecution is headed for all of us.
First the 10 commandments, then the nativity sets, then any mention of Christmas, then the crosses. Now will they come for our language? Will it become illegal to say 'Jesus' out loud? Will the churches pull down all mention of Christ or the Temple or the Mount of Olives, to keep from having their building burned down?
Will we be forced to regress, returning to the beginnings of the church? Hiding in caves? Holding secret meetings?
Who knows how far it will go. This we do know - we were warned and told to be prepared. So prepare, we must.