Many believers recognize that we are in the end-times and that Christ is coming soon. But both "soon" and the "end-times" are so vague when they stand alone, out of the context of the Scriptures. How do we deal with the uncertainty? How do we deal with the headlines and the chaos of these times?
Around a third of the Bible deals with prophecies and the time of the end. So why are so many churches ignoring the topic? Why do so many believers avoid the book of Revelation even though we know it tells us the end of the story? The simple answer: the clouds of confusion.
The Apostle Paul described it this way: "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known" (1 Cor. 13:12). We've inherited conflicting views of the end-times from past generations who saw things dimly and in part. No one view of the end-times had it all correct, and none had it all wrong.
Daniel 12:4 (Amplified Version) describes it this way: "But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the Book until the time of the end. [Then] many shall run to and fro and search anxiously [through the Book], and knowledge [of God's purposes as revealed by His (Old Testament) prophets] shall be increased and become great."
We are now in the "time of the end" when we need to understand the times so that we know what we are to do (1 Chronicles 12:32). Consequently, God is bringing the breath of His Spirit to blow away the clouds. He is giving believers eyes to see and ears to hear, if they are willing to lay aside their preconceived ideas inherited from the past. It's time to put away incomplete, immature view of God's chronos time and kairos signs (1 Cor. 13:11).
It's not always easy to lay down the traditions of men, even when they came from the right spirit of pursuing the things of God. Yet we need the same heart that the Bereans had when Paul came to their city: "These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:11).
Paul's anointed prayer in Ephesians 1:15-21 is so very crucial now, for it is time for the knowledge of the end-times to increase. The Spirit of wisdom and revelation is giving greater insight into the knowledge of Christ and His return. We need the eyes of our understanding to be enlightened. We need to know the hope of HIS calling in us, both our calling now to bring others to Christ, and our future calling as the heavenly Esthers, when He gathers us to Him and takes us to Father's House at the rapture.
We need to know the glory of HIS inheritance in us. And we need to know the exceeding greatness of HIS power toward us who believe. This is how we redeem the time now, because the days are evil (Eph. 5:16).
Throughout Church history, God's Spirit highlighted certain Scriptures to bring clarity to the elemental doctrines of our faith (Heb. 6:1-2). So it shouldn't surprise us that He is doing the same thing now in our time concerning the doctrine of resurrection and judgment (the end-times). In the next few blogs we will review the key truths that God wants us to grasp so that we can see clearly what lies ahead in His chronos timetable. Those same keys will help us see the Book of Revelation more clearly as well.
Father wants us to know what to do. We are the need-to-know generation who shall see Christ's return. We can be certain.