Apocalypse Later . . . Maybe


First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4)

Who’d have thought the last days would last so long?  I mean, it’s been almost 2000 years since the Apostle John wrote “this is the last hour.”  Wonder what time zone he was in.  No matter how you look at it, this has got to be the longest final act in the history of religious show business.

Too long for a lot of folks.  On one hand, you’ve got the skeptics.  They’re the ones who roll their eyes at any mention of a divine curtain call.  I can’t exactly blame them.  All the grand predictions of a successful sequel with Jesus as the Divine Terminator have ended in disappointment.  It’s hard to keep up the buzz when the star himself is a repeated no-show.  After a while, people start to ignore the promotional materials.  You can cry wolf only so many times before you lose your audience.

On the other side of the stage you’ve got the persistent prognosticators.  These are the guys who use a slide rule and main frame computer to torture the Bible into confessing the exact time God will start the overture.  They can fillet the Scriptures like nobody’s business.  With diagrams, leaps of metaphoric intuition, and periodic visitations of Tourette’s, they press the Director into a corner until he has no choice but to comply with their curtain time.  You’ve got to admire their tenacity.  No matter how many times they miscalculate, they’re back with a new and improved script before you can say “Break a leg.”

The truth of the matter is even stranger.  When it comes to the Second Coming, Jesus admits that he too is clueless about the schedule.  “No one knows about that day or hour,” he says.  “Not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”    The star of the show is himself waiting for a phone call.  Now that’s some well-kept secret; definitely a case of the right hand not knowing what the other one is doing.

Still, 2000 years seems a long time to wait for start of what promises to be the Greatest Show on Earth.  But maybe our clocks are off just a bit.  Peter seems to think so anyway: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Maybe God is in a different time zone after all.  Best be ready.  I’d hate to be stranded in the lobby when the house lights go down.


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