Soooo it's been a busy couple month in the news. Everything from Obama killing Osama (really? no other president would have ordered the attack?) to the zombie apocalypse and the end of the world (er, tomorrow). What is interesting to me from my point of view is the small nuggets of truth used to mislead or set-up the uninitiated (i.e. the bible illiterate) to become a player in the coming tragedy of the end times.
As a Christian and a student of the bible, I know as others know that God has a plan for the people of the earth. The earth will not last forever in it's current state. A shock for those who ignore God's word but a comfort for those who look to Him for their future and hope.
The way that end will come about is spelled out for us in a series of prophetic declarations mixed with hope for salvation. After all, what good is knowing your world is going to end without some hope of escaping it? But the day and hour of that end is a big mystery a bit like a puzzle when you first take it out of the box. How all the pieces of the puzzle come together is still being revealed.
For example. God has always used His people (those who seek Him through relationship) to proclaim what will be. I believe in visions. There are many visions out there on the web, some are false and unbiblical and some are in right alignment with scripture. The ones I am talking about meet all the qualifications of a vision from God (which the bible itself points out).
Ok, so just take the end of the world. No, you can't know the exact day. It won't be tomorrow. Sorry for those who wanted to be debt free tomorrow. Doesn't meet the test from the bible. It contradicts what Jesus Himself said.
Now, what about the zombie apocalypse? Just harmless fun? I don't see it quite like that. For one thing it is not what our relationship with a kind, loving God calls for. Not the way He would have us enjoy life. But the other side of that coin is the "spirit" behind the whole thing. What prophets of God have seen of the end when God "catches up" His people in order to begin the next phase of the earths history, is that physical death will be gone. Yes, the bible says that in Revelations (look it up for yourself if you don't believe me). So "death will flee." Sound good? Not really. Injury will not flee. People can still be horribly injured...but this time, they won't die. Why? You can't sneak into heaven that way. But injured people will probably appear grotesque. And I would imagine that people with guns will think they are zombies and try to finish them off. But they won't be able to. Their spirits will be trapped and bound to whatever heap of flesh or ash is left. Sad. Mislead. People without hope. People with no God.
From there, the rest of the story plays out. You don't have to take my word for it. It's in the book.
Fight the good fight!