Some Reasoned Apocalyptic Observations

I once really liked the Left Behind series. I was young, impressionable, and interested in the end times. Yes, the books are entertaining to read, but I learned long ago not to exclusively buy into one particular take on end times prophesy. In fact, I have opted not to speculate about the end times at all, focusing instead on what I believe end times prophesy is really all about — living a life of holiness and service here and now.

With all that said, have you seen the news lately? Now trust me, I am not prone to grand conclusions or speculations, especially regarding the apocalypse. But I don’t want to be an ignoramus with my head buried in the sand either.

Now that you’ve read my disclaimer and will hopefully not view me as a wild haired end times fanatic, consider some of today’s headlines.

George Russell of Fox News reports that a new U.N. ‘Climate Change’ plan would likely shift trillions to form a new world economy. He writes:

A United Nations document on “climate change” that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body.

Just earlier this week Secretary of the Treasury and tax cheat Tim Geithner said he was open to a Chinese proposal to move towards a global currency. Granted, the tax cheat did qualify his statement by saying that such a move would be “evolutionary…building on the current architecture rather than moving us to global monetary union,” but the openness to such an idea at all is somewhat troubling. Especially given the renewed global movement toward such an idea.

And who can ignore the global threats posed by rogue nations with nuclear ambitions such as the terrorism-sponsoring state of Iran and North Korea, or the emergence of the Chinese communist superpower that is buying up all the world’s debt, or the many recent provocative advancements of the Kremlin, including the most recent news of a new arctic military presence.

All things considered, one thing is for sure: the world is changing. While I welcome the return of Jesus, and eagerly await seeing him face to face, the world in the meantime is becoming an ever more hostile and dangerous place to live. And even if none of these things above have anything to do with the end times, they still give reason for concern and demand that we do not remain idle or oblivious.

2 thoughts on “Some Reasoned Apocalyptic Observations

  1. Well said. Add this to the 2012 hype! Too many (Christians too) are going to focus on all of this “end times” poo poo. It is clear to me what is said in scripture, “No man shall know the last day” (paraphrased of course) and that settles it for me. I’m not going to worry about it. My efforts are focused on being the man Father wants me to be. I have too much to overcome in this area of my life to be concerned with anything else. Regardless of when my last day is, I want to be able to stand face-to-face with Jesus Christ and hear Him say, “Well done my faithful servant” Nothing else matters.

  2. Thanks for the comment. I hadn’t heard anything about 2012. Either I’m way out of the loop or you are tied all up in it 😉

    Were I so inclined to play Devil’s advocate with you, I would say that while Scripture explicitly states that no one knows the exact hour of Christ’s return, it does implicitly suggest that we can know the season of his return. And being Scripture, I believe that it is true.

    But going back to not being Devil’s advocate with you, the truth of the matter is that technically we’ve been in the last days since Christ’s life on earth. Scripture and its exegetes have always viewed Christ’s life on earth as an apocalyptic event. The question isn’t “are we living in the end times?” but rather “since we are in the end times, how shall we then live?”

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