Didn't Paul also think the second coming was happening in his life time? Which was a part of the reason he taught celibacy?
I don’t see why the timing of the eschaton would matter. Saint Paul taught nothing decisive on that subject. He did however, rightly teach that
The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord. (1 Cor 7)
Celibacy - virginity - is a form of spiritual poverty. The poor in spirit are blessed because their poverty makes more room for God in their lives. Likewise, material poverty is better than material wealth. The rich man can love God with an undivided heart, and the poor man can despise God and seek only to do his self will. But it is harder to love God when one is rich, and easier when one is poor.
God bless you.