- Apr 16, 2017
To be honest I don’t care about eschatology at all, whatever is going to happen is going to and is beyond my control, so why worry about it?
When you look back at all the prophecy in the OT no one ever used it to predict what would happen in the future. Prophecy is never understood until after it is fulfilled. The whole nation of Israel missed the coming of their Messiah because when he came it didn't look at all like they were expecting it to. When Daniel propehesied about the coming kingdoms, no one beforehand was able to read his prophecies and predict the actual nations that fulfilled his prophecy. In fact the book of Daniel was classified in the lesser writings as non-prophetic until it was proven, after the fact by history, that his prochecies had been fulfilled.
It is important to know what the Bible says about the last days, so as the events unfold we can recognize them for what they are and not be fooled into believing a delusion or follow a false messiah figure. I think that is why pre-tribulation rapture theory is so dangerous (never-mind it is pretty easy to see it's not biblical). What is going to happen to the faith of those who are convinced of the pre-trib rapture and they find themselves in the midst of presectuion and they are considered outlaws for believing the gospel? I have feeling if you surveyed the thoughts of Christians in countries where they are truly presectuted for believing the gospel, very few of them would believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, because they are already living in their own tribulation. God help most of the Christians in America if they ever had to experience true persecution. I doubt most of them would last very long, before abandoning their faith.
Knowing what the Bible says about the last days is much different than thinking we can know or predict how it is going to happen. As soon as someone thinks they can predict what is going to happen, that is when I stop listening.
I now consider myself a "Pan-millenialist" I.e. it's all going to pan out in the end.
The only reason I think that the end might be somewhat near is becuase of the pattern that a day is as a thousand years. We are about 6000 years into the history of man as recorded by the Bible. It would make sense that the week of human history might be near the end. Man given six days (6000 years) to prove what he is not capable of and Christ showing up on the last day (last 1000 years) to show what God is capable of (the millenial reign). But even that is just a theory and I could be totally wrong about it.
Christ did say to watch and be ready to read the signs. He also said that, to the unbeliever, his return would come like a thief in the night. So I do believe that when his return is imminent, the expectation amongst the true believers will be something much different than the rampant speculation that is prevelant now. Speculation and a longing for Christ's return is different than the true witness of the Spirit showing us the signs that Christ's return is imminent. Speculation and longing have existed since the first century, so that can't be the true witness of the Spirit.