The End of The World….is here.

Posted: April 11, 2012 in Me and God, Me and people, The Bible

I am super excited! Tonight, at our men’s small group, we start a new study on The End Times. Yes, you read right, The End Times; red dragons, fire, angels, resurrection from the dead and judgment. Exciting, isn’t it? Well, maybe not. Or is it?

In all seriousness, I am pumped about this. Some people nowadays don’t care much or don’t know much about what the Bible -what God has to tell us about the End Times. Not the hype of the end of the world, but the hope of it. Some say it is too spooky, too complicated, too many different interpretations or it is just not relevant for us. This is true in part, there are so many opposite, and quite honestly, borderline wacky theories, that there is no wonder why most Christians don’t even look into it.

“Then, why are you studying The End Times?” you may ask. And I am glad you did. The reasons are very simple:

–       First of all, Jesus spoke about it very extensively; therefore, we should care, shouldn’t we? Not only that, some go as far as to say that the Bible speaks more about The End Times than the life of Jesus on earth (I didn’t say that, some people do though).

–       Furthermore, it always catches my attention that the apostle Paul spend only 2 weeks or so with the people in Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-4), nevertheless, when he writes back to them, he makes reference to how much of his discussions were about the End Times (2 Thessalonians 2:1-5). It sounds like Paul thought it was an important matter to be known by Christians; baby Christians nonetheless. In fact, it appears Paul was very specific when he expressed his desire for the church in Thessalonica to “…not be ignorant”, when referring to events of The End Times, and to “comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

–       Also, other writers like John and Peter give preeminence to this topic as the event that holds and keeps our hope

–       In Addition, “All Scripture [including Revelation] is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”. No reason to fear it.

–       Finally, the book of Revelation is the only book of the Bible that dares challenging and promise a special blessing to those who “read and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Revelation 1:1-3)

I could go on and on but I think you get my point. I think these reasons alone are convincing and convicting enough to spend time into studying these books and topics. Our goal is not to turn into smart theologians or experts in prophecy  or to pinpoint in the calendar “the day”. Rather, it is to get an idea of what’s in there, to get familiar with the Scriptures and to identify how those things affect and relate to us in our daily life; how the study of The End Times can affect our ultimate goal, “go and make disciples who make disciples”. Neither is our goal to adopt a position or interpretation. Amillennialism, premillennialism, pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, dispensational and all of those fancy words related to the topic. After listening, reading, researching and trying to comprehend all of these views, one thing has become clear to me: most of them have very compelling, plausible, logical reasons to support their theories of interpretation. As result, less dogmatic pharisaical and more humble loving attitude maybe a good outcome for practical application, derived from this study.

Let’s do it!

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