I have a prediction!

By Rev Bill Trindle on October 12, 2015 0 Comments

Christian Eschatology, is the study of the end times or the final days according to the prophets of the bible. It amazes me how people can read the same scriptures and yet, there are so many different scenarios of what is to happen or how each differs in their interpretations of these scriptures.

     There are those who believe in a pre-millennial view; where they teach on the rapture, the resurrection and the 2nd Coming of Christ happening all before the 1000 year reign (Rev. 20). Within this view there is also a tribulation period of seven years, where Christ is to come back and there are differing views here also, such as: pre-trib, mid-trib, pre-wrath and post-trib. Pre-millennialism takes a more futuristic and more literal interpretation of the book of Revelation and they believe it was written about 96AD and the book deals mostly with futuristic events.

    Then there is a post-millennial view, who teach the resurrection and coming of Christ happens after the 1000 years of Revelation (1000 years maybe or may not be an actual 1000 year period of time). Many (not all) teach some form of Preterism or that Revelation was written pre-70AD. and it mostly pertains to the people and events that surrounded that period of time.

    Then there is an Amillennial view, where there isn't an actual  1000 years, but just an extended amount of time to be completed, a symbolic millennium that started almost 2000 years ago; some call it the "now millenium". Post-Millennial and Amillennials are very similar in their interpretations of the  book of Revelation since many on both sides holds to some form of a preterit's view.

    You might ask, "Just what is your prediction?" Throughout history people have tried and failed at predicting future events; such as the rapture and the 2nd coming of Christ or major catastrophes using the old testament feasts or blood moons and such.

    My prediction isn't necessarily like these, but it does have to do with  eschatology and the Church. The apocryphal book, "The Epistle of Barnabas"; declares God has a "Seven thousand year plan", based on the seven days of creation. Much of the early Church, as well as many in the Church of today believes in this idea. Where they also see the 1000 years mentioned in Revelation as the Seventh Day.

    The Gregorian calendar, which we use today, says we are in the 2015th year from Christ's birth, (some suggests this calendar is off a few years). But for the sake of argument, let's say it is correct! That means it has been 1982 years since Christ's death, burial and resurrection. Jesus's death is believed to have marked the end of the 4th day (or 4000 yrs.), marking the division between Old testament (The Law and Israel) and the New testament (Grace and the Church).

    If all of this is true, then we only have 18 more years to finish the 6th day (or 6000 yrs.), then we begin the seventh day. So if pre-millennialism is correct, then Christ's 2nd coming is close or will happen sometime within the next 18 or so years.

    What is my prediction? Well, if this is true, then all post-millennialist's and all amillennialist's will have to change their views on eschatology. But, if 18 years or so goes by and nothing happens, then the pre-millennialist's will be forced to rethink their views and change.

   So my prediction is there is coming a change in the Church, whether it's because Christ's 2nd coming happens or even if it doesn't happen in the next 18 years. Eschatological views are about to be confirmed or disrupted.

    I truly believe we are about to see some great changes in the near future; as a pre-millennialist I'm ready to see his coming, but I'm also ready to change my view if it doesn't happen as I expected it to!  My faith isn't based on how well I understand eschatology or how well I can defend my view, it's based on the fact that I truly believe Jesus is the Son of God. I also believe that much of the Church is looking or has a expectation of something coming; maybe a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Revival or something else.

   I believe it's good to have a eschatological view as long has it doesn't overpower one's ability to do good or to do the necessities of our Christian walk in this present world; by creating schisms or cause hard feelings between other believers who disagree with one's view.

    We're called to reach the lost and to be the "Body of Christ" while we are here in this world. So, let's be about our Father's business and be ready for what's coming! And not argumentative with one another about how it's going to happen. Yes, I predict a change is coming!



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