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Topic: End Times (02/27/14)
TITLE: The Simple Truth
By Graham Keet
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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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