being conducted about the book of Revelation. One is being led by a Lutheran pastor who holds a similar view to mine. The other study is being led by a “rapture” bent pastor. I fear that the disparity between the two views only serves to confuse Christians rather than provide hope. To me, it’s a bit like the noisy clash often heard when a drag strip novice misses a car’s second gear during a heated race. This theological mistake has endured since the 1800s, when the rapture theological error originally spewed forth. The gross misinterpretation since then grew malformed theological teeth, and still loosens our Christian witness in these recent days. As for the many volumes of literature wrongfully predicting cataclysmic rapture found in book stores… I give to you that the prospects of eminent violent collision sells many NASCAR tickets… and also the frightening descriptions of the Rapture and various dispensational predictions sells more books. We humans seem to enjoy being frightful, so book companies help drive this fallacious interpretation forward. However, I yet protest. The book of Revelation was, and yet is... a document of hope. If you have doubts about my stand, read these final words from the Book of Revelation…
“I, Jesus… have sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.”
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let him who hears say, “Come.” And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without price.
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.”
Digitally Driven? (cont’d)
Here I must ask, “Is not the water of life the bountiful waters in the baptismal font? Are not the bread and wine of the Eucharist that which is coming from the Tree of Life, the body and blood of the actual person of Jesus Christ?” Indeed, it is our Lord who comes to us each time we rightly celebrate his life, death and Resurrection. I really believe this is true. Yet these sacred observances that we do by the power of the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of the Father and the Son… also remind us that we are also taught about these things as being “a foretaste of the feast yet to come.”
Therefore we being blessed in the Spirit that gave the prophets voice, I say to you… “Do not give up hope in our Savior. Soon you shall see him riding upon the clouds. Falling before him will be present demons of atheistic socialisms now exerting power in China, Russia, and the nations of Africa and South America. Travesty against our Lord shall even fall in such progressively-minded settings as Europe, Australia and North America. Lift up your eyes people! The change has already begun… though I still need listen to my wife and adjust the clock in the truck.”
His nn I witness to you that this is so… but my wife says I still need to reset the clock in the truck.