Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Bible Gateway : Revelation 10:2-4;: "He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, 'Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.'"

This past year a certain somebody, who will deservedly remain un-named here, wrote a book on the end times with the sub-title "How Could Everybody Be So Wrong about Biblical Prophecy". No, I did not waste my time reading this book, as I was already familiar with this writer's views on eschatology. I confess a certain skepticism and dismay came to mind in reading that sub-title. There is a degree of arrogance and lack of humility in that sub-title that has been characteristic of this particular writer's minstry in the past.

The passage from Revelation 10, regarding the seven thunders, should be enough to give all in the different camps of eschatology pause. Yes, we can know true things about the end times, but this passage insures we will not know everything about the end times until it happens. John tells us there were things he was told that he was prohibited from writing down. If we are not humble when wrestling through the things that were written down, this passage should make us humble, no matter how much we think we have the end times figured out.

~ The Billy Goat ~


Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Billy,hello from the great white north.Just bumping into your blog and the Quiet Place.Good stuff in both places,sincerity in your tone,conscientious-objectivism."Just the spiritual facts mam".Yes I agree that the title,was a tad crass,but I have heard him on mp3,IRON SHARPENS IRON.He explains fully;there and in his book,the intention of his title.But I suppose we all could use some refinement and tweaking.The church needs in some respect a shock to the soul:the very things I noticed on your blog.Maybe I'm shooting blank arrows,because you may not be of the same millennarian persuasion,and thereby;this may be for not.But the things the church has been exposed to, with respect to Eschatology,in the last two centuries,I dare to say,we(church)need to hear some shocking words.Especially,when we have been indoctrinated to believe that our Saviour is coming back twice:or two stages,whatever the defenition.Hebrews 9:28 "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;and unto them that look for him shall he appear THE SECOND TIME without sin unto salvation"(capitals are mine).Lord bless your home.

~ The Billy Goat ~ said...

I have detaild my basic milennial position elsewhere on this blog, along with a brief account of how I found myself dragged kicking, screaming, and protesting from the position advocated in the book this note is in reference to, to a basic pre-mill position.

My point in this post is that, whatever position you hold on eschatology, you need to hold it with a loose hand and a humble spirit. I fault all sides on that point.

I fully expect all of us to be surprised and the sealing up of the seven thunders insures that we will indeed be surprised.

I also have learned to be wary of anyone who has a habit of constructing straw men and then tearing them down. Consistent reliance on the ad hominum argument and over use of the fallacy of the logical extreme does not instill in me confidence in the one engaged in those practices.

I do agree with you the Evangelical church in particular needs to hear some shocking things. I'm not sure the shocking things needed are at the eschatological point you mention.
Rather then regurgitate it here, I would point you to the Internet Monks recent articles on the demise of evangelicalism as we know it.

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