Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Eschatology and all that...

Does the study of the end times really need to be so confusing?

As I sang the hymn below at the Sunday service this past week I asked myself that question. The words are so moving and seem to sum up so clearly and so cogently the message of the Scriptures about the end times. Christ is coming and we must be ready! I personally find all the charting of specific events rather confusing and often rather distracting. I think also it can distract hearers from their desperate need for repentance in view of Christ's coming. So if you, like me find it confusing, then let your end times theology be shaped by this summary of the Scripture.  Let's keep it simple, and let's keep singing, "Lo! he comes..."

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heav’n and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day:
Come to judgment! Come to judgment! Come to judgment!
Come to judgment! Come away!

Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear!

Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!

2 comments:

  1. I agree that that him summarises the end times very nicely - and we must not get distracted from the fact that they could be anytime, without warning.

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  2. I agree that we need to keep focused on the fact that Jesus is coming back any day and the time draws nearer. However, that is not to say that Revelation is a good book to be read and studied with the help of the Holy Spirit to illuminate. Many people have found the book confusing and thus avoid it; but, the book itself says, " Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near." I wonder whether it is time for the church family to go through the book and put pay to much of the misinformation and lies there is abounding regarding this book and the times it talks about. Lo, He is coming quickly, we need to be ready. Many will be deceived by a great delusion and the time is now more pressing for unbelievers to know the time of decision is more urgent than ever and for believers to be warned and spiritually preferred for the glory to come. As someone once said, “we have a hell to shun and a heaven to gain”. He has defeated death and will come back in ALL HIS GLORY. It is of course important not to get hung up on one book, much like some people (including myself) have made a mistake of getting hung up on one version of the bible. It’s all too easy to get distracted and thus unwittingly, sadly get involved in a schism. Nevertheless, as I said to someone very close to me the other day, just because it’s perceived to be difficult to understand, doesn’t mean it really is. Now, I’ll have to take those words on board when dealing with other books of the bible.

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