I know you’ve seen them before: The websites. The TV programs. The pulp books. All of them screaming out, Wars! Rumors of wars! Earthquakes! Famines! They usually come complete with pictures of world leaders: Mao Tse Tung, Leonid Brezhnev, Henry Kissinger, Ahmadinejad, Obama. Every one of them likely the Antichrist, or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof. They all have NO DOUBT that Jesus is coming tomorrow and that the Bible says so right here!
But, the leaders pass away and die, the wars end, people recover from the earthquake, the next year’s crop comes in and the famine is alleviated. And yet week by week the same hysterical shills shout their warnings about the end times, and spout silly predictions about the second coming that fill the internet and the airways.
Do we truly never learn?
Today, we looked at Mark 13:1-8, Psalm 16 and Hebrews 10:11-25. In the sermon, Only the Beginning, we will think about what it means to be Christians living in this day AND what it meant to be a Christian living in the days of Jesus. Knowing that the Bible was written specifically to those who read it the first time, and us only after them, gives us the key to understanding every passage in the Scriptures, whether it’s about prophecy, ethics, behavior, or social norms.