“THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND; THEREFORE, BE SELF-CONTROLLED AND SOBER-MINDED" 1 Peter 4:7
Peter is saying preserve your sanity. Don't lose your mental or moral
balance in view of the nearness of the end times. As the end time
approaches we need to keep alert and be aware of conditions in our world
but not be thrown off balance or give way to panic. We are to be of
sound mind. How many Christians thought the world would end in 1988
& 1989 or Y2K? Or today with the red heifer or the blood moons? The idea of keeping "sane" is that of thinking in a level headed way about yourself.
This sanity will lead to being "clear headed". The opposite of clear
headedness is intoxication. So this word meant literally "not drunk" and
figuratively that the mind was alert and clear devoid of mental
intoxication or fuzzy thinking, or bad doctrine. The nearness of the end
times is no excuse for believers to fall apart or drop out. We must be
sound, stable, balanced mentality, it's time for clear thinking. Think
clearly because the end of all things is near and you need to be fully
in control of your thoughts.