Remember when the world was meant to be over after the last blood moon? Well, apparently it is now meant to end September 23rd.
But after 21 years of being a Christian, I have heard enough about the end times to know that we have no clue what we’re talking about.
Different churches and denominations have different timelines and interpretations. From the very beginnings of Christendom our leaders have been trying to figure out when the end would come.
We have been failing miserably for 2,000 years plus.
And now I am forced to use an overused cliché, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.”
I write as an amateur. I have not read much on the harbinger, the blood moons or the shemitah. I am not an expert in the book of Revelation. But I like how Brian Zanhd sums it up, “It’s not a coded newspaper foretelling geopolitical events of the 21st century. It is a glorious revelation of the triumph of Jesus Christ.”
This is what we do know, for sure:
“Concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” – Jesus (the Son)
It’s obvious that Jesus can know (on the account that He’s God and King and Lord).
The beauty is that He’s chosen not to know.
Yes, Eschatology, from two Greek words meaning “last” (ἔσχατος) and “study” (-λογία), as in the study of the last things, is important.
I’m not denying the value of the message. It is biblical and relevant. I’m just questioning the certainty of the messengers.
I myself have done it in the past; preached with a level of sureness that tasted more like pride than faith. And in the case of Sept. 23rd, it’s almost like we’re taunting Jesus (while using the voice of a 7 year old) saying (almost singing), “I know something you don’t know.”
The whole point of Matthew 24 (where Jesus shared most of his Eschatological views) is to make way for Matthew 25. It is in that chapter where Jesus lays out the invitation to:
- Wait for Him in love. (Parable of the Ten Virgins)
- Use our gifts and resources (Parable of the Talents)
- Serve the most broken among us (The Final Judgment)
He gives his disciples a preview of the end in order to encourage the priorities of heaven. To expect His return. To maximize life. To meet Jesus in the hungry, the prisoner, the lonely.
The prayer that Jesus taught the disciples was, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
The challenge was to take up the cross and follow Him.
The method was love; as in, “love others as I have loved you.”
Of these we can be certain!
The belief that things may be getting worse, but there’s nothing we can do about it, is off target. Our invitation is to live as the representations of life and resurrection (not doom and gloom).
In our ways and communication, individually and corporately, in both mission and worship, we are a sign of Jesus’ first coming and a foretaste of the second.
Yes He’s coming back! And that is part of the good news of the Kingdom, not an excuse to forget the Gospel and declare the earth in ruins.
“Eschatology is not an invitation to escape into a private heaven: it is a call to transfigure the evil and stricken world.”
– Thomas Merton in The Sign of Jonas.
Somewhere in this planet, everyday, it feels like the end of the world. Cities and towns with names that I can’t even pronounce, are going through war and rumors of war.
The end is always here, for someone, somewhere.
Our world is broken. There is pain and death and destruction… but the plan was not to run away, the opposite actually, Jesus sent us forth to be healing, life and restoration.
Maybe the people that are preaching about the harbinger, the blood moons and the shemitah have valid points. Maybe they are more in tune with God than me (not that difficult to achieve). Maybe we do need to listen and prepare.
Or maybe we need to trust God, focus on Jesus, and receive the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
Because God’s main interest is still human beings. He is still in the business of salvation. And the invitation to be salt and light still stands for you and me.
I want to be part of the generation that discontinues the messenger-of-doom-approach. I’m up for joining the ambassadors of reconciliation, as we demonstrate his Kingdom and His love till the end (no mater when that comes).
I understand that fear sells, but the product we were meant to give away is hope.
So see you after September 23rd.
Either way, Jesus is Lord.
“If you want the peace that passes understanding, you have to give up your right to understand.” -Bill Johnson
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