“ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Matthew 24 : 42
Earlier this week, I became aware of yet another person claiming to have secret..hidden knowledge of the “End of the World”.
You can read about it here –> https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/09/20/the-christian-numerologist-whose-biblical-doomsday-claim-has-some-nervously-eyeing-sept-23/?utm_term=.0e6055eef319
In Short… David Meade.. a “Numbers Expert” has stated
David Meade, the self-described “specialist in research and investigations,” has earned a fair amount of publicity online for predicting that catastrophic events would soon befall Earth.
Among his claims: On Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, a constellation — a sign prophesied in the Book of Revelation — would reveal itself in the skies over Jerusalem, signaling the beginning of the end of the world as we know it. Meade believes that by the end of October, the world may enter what’s called a seven-year tribulation period, a fairly widespread evangelical belief that for seven years, catastrophic events would happen.
So there you have it. Another person who claims to know the where and when. Also..that specifically and emphatically THE WORLD WILL END – Woe to all non Believers! Heretics and Infidels be damned!
Alas… and thankfully – the World wont end. What really always puzzles me about these folks..is they
1 – Focus in on the Book of Revelation, in an unhealthy way. Another Name for this Book is “St John’s Apocalypse” .
2 – How much they dont know the meaning of the word “Apocalypse” …and instead… gravitate towards the world ending .
First of All Lets look at the Etymology of that word
From Wikipedia “From Ancient Greek ἀποκάλυψις (apokálupsis, “revelation”), from ἀπό (apó, “after”) and καλύπτω (kalúptō, “I cover”).”
So in Short… the Book reveals things to us – Its not a particular state. Now where the dispensationalists fall off the tracks, is they zero in on People being thrown in lakes of Fire… And the So called Armegedon (Which comes from the Word for the Valley of Megiddo… where the “Final Battle” is fought).
But then they just STOP..They stop reading.. There are 7 other chapters…of a book…that John… locked up in a cave on Pathmos… wrote… So people could read it – Only the book had less to do with the Where and When…. and more with Giving the people strength. As with all books of Prophecy, it is Symbolic.
So What happens in those last 7 chapters? Well.. Lets look..Around Chapter 19
Revelation 19 towards the end says
“19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deludedthose who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.”
In Short…God Wins.
Further reading reveals
“11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hadeswere thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
So there’s our lake of fire mentioned. But MORE SPECIFICALLY, Final Judgement is mentioned.
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. “
Final Judgement – IT HAS TO HAPPEN
Now, we finish it up with a favorite of mine. So loved..I made sure to have it at my Grandfather’s Mass of Requiem (Resurrection…I digress….Vatican 2 also lost sight of last judgement) –
Its one of the most hope filled…inspiring verses in all Scripture
Revelation 21 – the New City
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
3 things Here – Heaven and Earth are Made new… 1 (Earth doesnt end…its perfected.. Cleansed.,…Joined with Heaven for ever) 2 – God now dwells with us ..In Our World..Which has Always been his , and 3 “Everything is made new”
So, the thought that suddenly the world is going to end… being perpetuated by someone “claiming” to be an expert.. is disturbing and ludicrous. If he would read a little further… He would realize he’s telling us that which we already know…and hes actually almost cheerleading the wrong team.. Because those of us “sealed with the Lamb” will see the new world. The world DOES NOT END
The Great Doxology says “Thine is the Kingdom…Power..Glory..Now and For Ever” – The Orthodox throughout the Divine Liturgy… State “Now until the age of Ages”. If you dont like East side west side..Go to Daniel “And His Dominion shall be forever”
I can go on and on…but the important thing to take away here is…its an outright lie… to even say the world is going to end. Dare I say, its heretical. God Created the world…and promised never to destroy it… Anything Contrary to that… is saying God makes mistakes…and he doesn’t.
So in closing..conclusion…and because I dont want to ramble on – Rather then saying “OMG THE WORLD IS ENDING”… (which it isnt) , lets look to Peter’s letter..where he says “Be watchful and ready” . That’s what we are all called to do. Wait… and when we hear the Master knocking..open the damn door.
There is scripturally..No rapture… We have to be here to be judged. We dont go to heaven and come back. We WILL DIE.. Everyone of us. But, death doesnt have a grip. Through Him, we have eternal life. When the world is reordered (thats really what the book is about..a reordering (Thanks Father Jim B… My scripture teacher)), we will all be transformed.. and live a new.
Be Watchful. Be Ready… and Rejoice.. In the end…we win.