I’ve often wondered why Evangelical Fundametalistic ‘non-denoms’ fixate so much on end times scenarios and apocalyptic scriptural interpretations. It seems extremely out of proportion compared to Catholic and traditional Protestant efforts in those areas and even other religions.
An idea that helps me seem to make sense out of their futuristic focus is that this is really the only direction in which they can focus and have a voice or credibility. Any serious ‘looking back’ and they would have to consider the 1500-ish years of orthodoxy before the Reformation or consider the bulwark of the Reformation itself. That stage is crowded. The place to distinguish oneself is in the future - or at least knowing more about it than anyone else.
So it’s basically a preference for futuristic fantasy with little academic competition over historical reality rife with traditions of interpretation and reflection. This summary is an extremely broad generalization to be sure. EFNDs are not clones. This is just a comment from an uninformed outsider on what seems to be a predominate attitude within this group.