We are at a very important time in history. It is a time when the Church is, quite frankly, largely blind to what is happening. This is because there is an area of God’s Word that the Church has not been consistently examining with any great scrutiny and that is eschatology, or the study of end times. This is concerning considering such a large part of the Bible is end-time prophecy.
One reason for this is that we have created an atmosphere in the Church in which we don’t believe prophecy is knowable and so we don’t bother to study it. Does God give us so much prophecy only to have it remain unknowable? I don’t think so. This is doing both the saved and the unsaved a great disservice in many ways as it is simply not true.
Another reason, equally as destructive, is that we also believe it has all been figured out and so we rest in certain traditional interpretations that have been passed down to us. Can we honestly say it’s all been figured out? I don’t think so. Consider what one of the angels who helped deliver Daniel’s prophecy told him:
“But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” [Daniel 12:4 NASB]
In proper context, this means that end-time prophecy is sealed from full understanding until the time of the end and, at that time, many people will be searching the pages of Daniel’s book for prophetic insight because their knowledge will have increased. Knowledge of what? Knowledge of history and current world trends and events. This can only happen with the unfolding of time as it reveals these things to us.
As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?” He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. [Daniel 12:8-9 NASB]
Consider, this means at the very least some interpretations of end-time prophecy taught before the time it is unsealed will, necessarily, be incorrect. In other words, the Bible says what it has always said but only at the right time will we be able to properly know and identify these things.
I submit to you we are now in that time.
It is my constant prayer, hope and desire that the Church’s eyes will be opened to prophecy in a way they have never been before and that we will actually have answers to questions rather than an ambiguous, ever-growing mountain of speculation that never seems to quite get as specific as we might like.
In fact, consider that the reason we’ve had to speculate about so many things is because we’ve had the wrong answers and they don’t quite fit. Think of it as trying to update a new computer with an old operating system. It won’t run quite right on something it wasn’t designed to run. You won’t get the full benefit because it won’t do what it’s supposed to do.
KEEP IT SIMPLE SAINT
We need to pull back a bit from all the little details of prophecy to the larger picture, the larger story, and start at the roots. Once we set everything on its proper foundation and let the story tell the story, we will be surprised at how the rest will click and fall into place. We will wonder why we’ve never seen it before.
It’s here where I want to issue the challenge that was issued to me:
The Old Testament prophets are littered with the names of the nations that Christ will judge upon His return to the earth. Can you find any nation listed that is not located in the Middle East?
Despite what interpretations and traditions we might bring to the text, geography doesn’t lie about the location of prophetic events. Setting Bible prophecy on its correct geographic foundation is absolutely essential in understanding the time we are in right now. Christians, pastors and teachers of Bible prophecy, will you take this challenge seriously? It could have a direct effect on how you interact with people right now, today. People need to know Christ or know Him better because the hour is much later than we are aware.