“What could be more confusing than that!!?” (Oh, sorry… didn’t know you were
listening reading.) What am I rambling about now, you ask?
What else? The ridiculous number of takes on the end times, of course! So much so, that a recent edition added to my library is titled… ‘Four Views: Revelation.’ Seriously? Four views? It’s more like a hundred and four views!
Here’s a handy list for starters… choose one that fits your taste. You could select a premillennial view, but then you’ll have to pick from historical premillenalism and dispensational premillennialism and a host of lesser known pre’s. Maybe you’d prefer postmillennialism, or amillennialism? But then there’s also preterism… of which is offered a hyper version and a watered down variation and everything in between. Oh, by the way, it will be beneficial to determine whether you prefer a historical, futurist, or even spiritual interpretation of the texts! Did I mention literal?
M – O – O – N… that spells eschatology (I know, it’s probably wrong to use lingo from Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ here, but, you know…)!
Have we lost our ever-loving minds? No wonder every crackpot with a date marked on a calendar can convince masses to give him their life savings because it all ends in March… or maybe it was November… okay, okay… it’s the Mayans who are right!
I was once given a simple principle to study by. “If the plain sense makes sense, quit looking for another sense.” One example of this could be the time text from Matthew 24. “Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place” (34). Do we need to twist and turn this statement so as to accommodate our desire for Jesus to be talking to us instead of His disciples who were in front of Him?
Isn’t it possible that Jesus loved His disciples enough to warn them that the Israel they knew was about to be no longer? Couldn’t it be that He cared enough to share with them that the Temple (the center of their worship) would be gone before they all passed away? Wouldn’t He want them to know that the Covenant of their Fathers was eroding fast before the life-changing gospel message of the Cross?
[a quick note: in every other instance where the word ‘this’ accompanies the word generation in the New Testament, the reference is unarguably to the present party being spoken to]
Prior to the last couple of centuries, it was common that speakers from Christ’s body held this view… and a growing number are returning to it today. Spend some time researching the thoughts on this verse by John Calvin, Henry Hammond, John Lightfoot, Thomas Newton, John Gill, Thomas Scott, and a host of others.
D. A. Carson, about this verse from Scripture states, “This generation can only with the greatest difficulty be made to mean anything other than the generation living when Jesus spoke.” Carson, commentary on Matthew
To me this is plain sense and complies perfectly with the character and nature of our Lord. But then… who am I? I’m a lot more like Tom Cullen than I usually care to admit.
aw shucks… Lord willing, more follows.
- The mount of Olives and Matthew 24 (creationconcept.wordpress.com)
- Postmillennialism 2: Survey of Positions (bcaskins.wordpress.com)
- A Defense of Postmillennialism: Introduction (bcaskins.wordpress.com)
- Preterism, Futurism, and Matthew 24 (creationconcept.wordpress.com)
- Book Review: Christ’s Prophetic Plans (bjucampusstore.com)
- The Terms & Timing of the Millennium (faithbiblechurchofwarren.wordpress.com)