Friday, November 13, 2009

The Eschatology Buzz

Ever since the Left Behind craze, I’m pretty sure overall Christian interest in eschatology has multiplied exponentially. But for some reason the whole topic never really caught on with me; rather I’ve chosen to camp my studies in the events leading up to the End.

Consider Jesus’ discussion of Last Things in Matthew 24. Here’s a brief outline:
v.5- Many will claim to be Christ
v.6- There will be wars and rumors of wars
v.7- Nation will rise against Nation
v.9- Persecution
v.11- False Prophets
v.12- Lawlessness will increase and the love of many will grow cold
v.14- This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and THEN the end will come.
STOP.

Why do we even read past verse 14? All of these first prophecies have NOT yet been fulfilled! Quick trivia: Which one are we missing? *Drumroll…* Yeah, it’s verse 14, the Gospel being preached to ALL NATIONS!

Hasn’t happened.

Ok so, the Greek word for “nations” here is ἔθνος, ethnos. It literally means “ethnic group” or “tribe,” specifically a foreign one. And it’s very simple: Every ethne has not yet heard the saving Gospel of Christ! It is our duty to take it to them (Matt. 28.18-20, Romans 10.14). Why? Because we’ve been told to. And because if we don’t, and they perish, we will be held responsible for their blood (Eze 3.16-21).

The word of God will spread (Hab 2.14). The message will be preached. Will you be part of it?

1 comment:

  1. I, too, don't worry a lot about eschatology. I figure my job is to put one foot in front of the other, do the things I'm supposed to be doing, and live "today". I read two chapters in the first book of the Left Behind series and couldn't stand reading more. Put it down and never picked them up again. I suppose that may put me in the minority of Christians...do ya suppose? (wry smile)

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