A number of people have wondered after the host of recent events did I think that this was the beginning of the end of the world. Is this “game over?” Are we living in the Last Days?
The questions reminded me of what I learned reading the Book of Revelation. The study of the end times or eschatology is a good topic to talk about this week on the podcast.
The truth as I understand it is that nobody knows when the end of days is. The book of St. Luke 16 says:
25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 “I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
On this episode I start off with a funny quote from the movie, “Aliens” and then we go to the “way way back machine” for a Negro Spiritual by Bessie Smith to set the tone to a complete monologue on the Book of Revelaton by St. John, written on the Isle of Patmos. Just in case you have never read it for yourself here’s some cliff audio notes.
In this episode I want to share with you a highlight reel of the entire book of The Revelation of St. John. I pray that you will take the time to read it for yourself afterwards with a little less trepidation.
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At the end of this podcast, I hope to clean your mental palate with a song of Praise from Maestro, Richard Smallwood. (used with permission) Total Praise.
There are signs, yes. Things are preparing for the end but the end isn’t here yet. Instead of getting distraught, live, love and tell someone about the goodness of God.