I've often wondered why people are so consumed with the "end times". It's as though they would be disappointed if they didn't actually witness "the end" during their time on earth!
For all we know "the end times" may be in the year 5010.
I'm fairly certain some people must have thought "the end" was near during all of the major earthquakes, World War I, World War II, The Cuban Milsle Crisis, Unrest in the Middle East, Y2K....etc
"No one knows the hour"
Having said that even if we knew the "end times" was 10,000 years away it should not effect anyone's beliefs. Sometimes it seems as though "the end times" is used to sell God and religion as some type of "Eternal Soul Life Insurance Policy". My guess is God would rather you choose him out of love rather than out of fear. A father may have several children but each one will have a different relationship with him. Life is a personal journey and our relationship with god is also personal.