I enrolled in a in-depth 18-week course that will meet weekly for 1 1/2 hours each at my church. The course is titled "A Study Of The End Times". The first lesson, an overview of the course, was held on Wednesday evening this week.
One hundred people had signed up for the course, but at least 130 showed up. The room was already packed full with tables, chairs, and people, but over 30 folding chairs needed to be brought in and set wherever they could find room. They quickly made the decision to split the class and offer it on two nights with the same leader. By the way, he is a terrific teacher.
The turnout was more than they had expected. It goes to show that people are hungry for that kind of study, for it is difficult to effectively present 27 hours of it from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. People realize we are now living in the last days, and they want/need to know more about them, and what to expect.
People must to set aside their opinions and interpretations as well as what their denominations, churches, and individuals might teach...and learn what Scripture has to say about the subject.
I was very impressed with the overview lesson this week. The course will go way beyond what I expected or even hoped for. Over the years I have learned a lot about the End Times, but I will come away from the classes knowing a whole lot more. To me, that is important because I believe the end time prophecies of things happening even today can be a valuable tool for showing unbelievers their need to take Scripture seriously and make a decision for Christ while there is still time.