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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: End Times (02/27/14)

TITLE: The Simple Truth
By Graham Keet
03/02/14


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The Simple Truth (Topic: End Times)

Eschatology, apocalypticism, milleniumism, chiliasm, you name it and I have studied it. Long before Google and the Internet brought the knowledge of the world to my fingertips, I pondered over how things might eventually turn out for this old planet of ours, and I sought out every book, tract or ‘prophet’ that professed to know how and when it would all happen.

During the seventies a colleague belonging to what I considered ‘a sect’ predicted that, based on the fact that ‘nation rose against nation’ (Matthew 24:7) in 1914, the end of the world as we know it would come in 1975. I am still not sure why it was to be 1975, but so firm was his belief, and so eager was his desire to be free of worldly ties when the end did come, that he sold his house and most of his possessions, moved his wife and two small children to a tiny apartment, and awaited the imminent apocalypse. It did not come, but I remained fascinated at what theoretical gymnastics had persuaded an otherwise reasonable man to act in this fashion.

So I dived into all the ‘….ologies’ and ‘….isms’ I could lay my hands on, and at times waited in anticipation to see whether or not some sage’s prediction of the end would come to pass. But here we are still; so what is the answer?

Does the fact that I don’t have an answer make me an unbeliever or a sceptic? Indeed not, and I do not for one moment doubt the validity of the book of Revelation, having studied it from more than one perspective. I have YouTube’d all the main proponents of a pre-, mid-, and post-tribulation rapture, studied amongst others the ‘sevens’ prophecies of Daniel (Dan 9:25), and although I still don’t have a clear picture of how it will all tie together, I do believe there will come a time when the seals, trumpets and plagues of Revelation will befall the world and that Jesus will return to rule and reign. Satan will be locked in the abyss for a thousand years, and New Jerusalem will be established. These are irrefutable facts.

Why the confusion then; are all these scholars and learned people lacking in either faith or wisdom? I think not, but after years of searching for a school of thought that I can hang my hat on, I have come back to what I believe is the simple truth as stated by Jesus on various occasions: believe as a child. He made this clear to the returning seventy-two witnesses (Luke 10:21) when He said: ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.’ Again in Mark 10:15 and Matthew 18:3 Jesus warned that entering the kingdom of heaven is dependent on believing as a child.

I will not destroy all my saved information gathered over the years, including my time charts of prophetic calculations based on various theories of years, weeks and days, these have a place. I will, however, make one major adjustment. I will take the advice of the Master and allow my inner joy to come not from a theory, but from the firm grasp of the Father’s hand on mine. I will trust Him to get me to the other side.

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Sarah Wipf03/06/14
I loved this...you did a great job! Oh, to have the simple faith of a child!
Ruth Tredway03/06/14
This piece started with a long list of words many would stumble over, or not know the meaning of. It looked too scholarly, but you did a nice job of taking all that learning, and making it secondary to our trusting in Him. Keep writing.
CD Swanson 03/07/14
Excellent writing!

God bless~
Larry Whittington03/07/14
It seemed well constructed and easy to follow.

At least we do know that the dead in Christ will rise first and then we who are alive will follow.
Sheldon Bass 03/10/14
Sounds like you've been down those well worn paths that many of us have at least investigated. Good approach to the topic and well said.

Many years ago, I decided that if someone was going to predict a date for the end times, the rapture, or Christ's return, that I would not even bother hearing what they had to say. This based on the scripture which states no man knows the day nor the hour. The season will be evident however. I believe we are living very close to the end right now, but I could be wrong. One thing is certain. Jesus said He will come "Soon" and "quickly".

You held my interest well all through the piece. Perhaps it would make it even more interesting and exciting to use a little more descriptive language of a few end-time events, which we are certain will happen. Maybe throw in some prophecies that have been fulfilled in preparation for Christ's return.

Keep the good work coming.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/11/14
This is an interesting piece. First of I learned some new words which I always enjoy doing. You had a strong beginning that set the stage for the rest of your story.

The one red ink I would offer would be to make it more personal. Because many similar stories will be written about what you wrote, using your story would help it stand out. For example, as a child, I was terrified of the rapture happening. I remember people being so sure they would go to a place after selling everything and wait. I often wonder what happened to their faith; did they lose it.? Feel foolish and become withdrawn. I still struggle with this today. Your Scripture selection and advice helped me--not to say I should go back to being a terrified child, but to a trusting one who knows God lives me so much that I don't need to be paralyzed by my fear because I know Jesus will care me.
I think you did a nice job with the ending. You wrapped it up nicely. On the message boards is a great thread called Jan's Writing Basics. This week she is going over suggestions on ending your story. She is asking for people to share examples of their ending. This is a wonderful resource for all levels of writers. Jan is great about responding to each post personally. You did a nice job, covering the topic. I liked the remembering how Jesus told us to come as children. I thought it was different and thought-provoking. Jesus reassures us that he will take care of us. Nice job.
CD Swanson 03/13/14
Congrats! God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/14/14
Congratulations on ranking 2nd in your level and 18 overall. The highest rankings can be found on the message boards.