Scriptually, finding the Balance…

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“You will bear me witness, my friends… said that 19th Century English Baptist Preacher Charles Spurgeon… that it is exceedingly seldom I ever intrude into the mysteries of the future with regard either to the second advent, the millennial reign, or the first and second resurrection. As often as we come about it in our expositions, we do not turn aside from the point, but if guilty at all on this point, it is rather in being too silent than saying too much

Charles was making a good point here. Many a good preacher… when it comes to Eschatology and the study of prophecy and end-times events… seem to tread lightly on the matter, rather than truly searching out the things that God has written us concerning these things… I find that very interesting… in light of the fact that nearly 1/3rd of the Bible is prophetic.

But then there is the other side of the coin…

Vance Havner, the mid 20th Century Evangelist is quoted as saying… “I know that some are always studying the meaning of the fourth toe of the right foot of some beast in prophecy and have never used either foot to go and bring men to Christ. I do not know who the 666 is in Revelation but I know the world is sick, sick, sick and the best way to speed the Lord’s return is to win more souls for Him.”

These two sides seem to make up a great deal of Christianity… those who tread very lightly with the subject of prophecy…

And those who spend so much time in prophecy… that they neglect the marching order of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20… which were His last words to the Apostles prior to ascending back to heaven… where Jesus said… Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I commanded you

I believe that the appropriate approach to Eschatology and prophecy and the overall study of the Bible lies there in the middle of those two camps…

We need to be looking for the Lord Jesus return… as Jesus said in Matthew 25:13… Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. 

Yet, at the same time we are not to be so heavenly minded that we are of little earthly good. Again, as Jesus said in John 13:34… A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

I believe that scripture gives us prophecy to encourage us and give us hope… but it also gives us marching orders to be Christlike in the day and age in which we find ourselves… So dear reader, be a light on a hill- for the world to see!

 

 

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