“Now immediately after the suffering of that time the sun will become dark, and the moon won’t give its light. The stars will fall from the sky and the planets and other heavenly bodies will be shaken. Then the sign of the Human One will appear in the sky. At that time all the tribes of the earth will be full of sadness, and they will see the Human One coming in the heavenly clouds with power and great splendor. He will send his angels with the sound of a great trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from the four corners of the earth, from one end of the sky to the other (Matthew 24:29-31, Common English Bible).
When I was in the Navy I stood many night time watches up on the ship’s signal bridge. Because we were far from any other light sources, on a clear night you could see stars by the thousands. I never attempted to count their numbers. I remember being on the bridge during a meteor shower and talking about how different the sky would look if all the stars became like these “shooting stars” and they all fell from the sky. I wasn’t familiar with Matthew 24 in those days. I didn’t realize it was a sign of the end times. Neither did my Navy buddies. The discussion never turned theological.
I am far from the best around when it comes to knowing apocalyptic literature even today. I am far from a fan and most of us don’t generally deal with things we don’t enjoy unless something makes us. That something for me right now is this blog. Sure, it is self-imposed. I could probably skip this and few, if any, would say anything. The thing is, I said I would work my way through Matthew. I will honor what I said. So, here goes.
I am not sure if this is something Jesus intended for us to read literally. There are places Jesus does not intend us to read literally. Dr. Ted Campbell, a professor at Perkins School of Theology, SMU reminds us that Jesus came to set the prisoners free but few if any of us will be heading to a prison with the idea of tearing down the walls and literally setting the prisoners free. Jesus didn’t intend us to read this literally.
I do believe we will see Jesus in all his power and splendor. It may be that we see him hear on earth. It also may be that we see Jesus in the Kingdom that is to come. And, I believe Jesus will gather the chosen, the ones who answer the call to follow. If we have those things, is anything more really necessary?
And, I believe Jesus will gather the chosen, the ones who answer the call to follow. We know the promise God has for us in Christ Jesus. What a great promise for we who believe.
If we and we believe that Jesus will return, and if we know the promise God has for we who believe, is anything more really necessary?
I really do believe we get too caught up in the end times. Know what God has planned for you. Live for God’s promises. If we can do that, everything will come out just fine.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Thanksgiving,
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