Pre, mid, and post..... What does it matter if you are not ready. I think sometimes people have way to much time on their hands. It is people like you who ponder 'if God can do anything can He make a rock to big to lift?"
Be ready...produce fruit and worry about the time table - not!
It is not for us to know the time or day..that is in God's hands. Our job is to be ready......making sure that everyone hears the Good News.
posted on 03/27/2005 8:02:46 AM PST
I agree with you 100%. I find a fixation with the end times to be a very misplaced allocation of time or energy.
What does it matter? As you say, it's a personal odyssey and the individual must be ready. From a practical standpoint, what does it matter if my own day of judgment also happens to be everyone else's? To me, it doesn't matter at all - will the waiting room in the great beyond just be crowded?
Take a number - now serving # 1,228,163,001, and my ticket says 3,889,000,386.
Most people who I have met who are unusually fixated on the end times invariably fancy themselves spared from the worst of it. That's fair, and they may be right, but I can't help but think it's self serving, either.
Scripture explicitly tells us that no human knows the time. Why sweat it? Just do your best to be the kind of person God wants you to be. Spread the good news as you move through life.
Being giddy at the prospect of years of a torturous existence for the majority of the population (that of course you will be spared) is downright immature and silly at best.
posted on 03/27/2005 4:20:37 PM PST
I'm with you. I've studied all of them, and I'm a Pan-Tribulationist, however it pans out, I'm on board. There's no way I'm saying, "Hey, it's not time yet! Put me back!"
Jack Hayford did a very interesting series on Revelation. I personally believe that we are spared the wrath of God, but not the tribulation, and that the rapture occurs at the seventh trumpet. The idea that we're spared much of the end times is a peculiarly Western idea, because Christians in the US have never experienced serious persecution. Talk to the Saints in China, Russia, or North Korea.
posted on 03/28/2005 9:01:41 PM PST
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