We live in a visual age. In His wisdom, God has given us a great way to picture what the Bible says about the end-times: a jigsaw puzzle. The Bible is the box that contains all the necessary pieces. Unlike most jigsaw puzzles, our finished product is not pictured on the cover. But let’s not let that stop us. We have God’s Spirit to guide us into all truth (John 16:13)!
It shouldn’t surprise us that God put something about Christ, His redemptive plan, and His prophetic timetable in every book of the Bible. These pieces are not always obvious at first, but once we begin to see things from God’s perspective, they start to jump off the pages!
There is one catch though. For many of us, we’ve been trying to understand the truths concerning Christ’s return with a messed up jigsaw puzzle. In some cases, the puzzle has pieces missing. In other cases, we have pieces mixed in from other puzzles. No wonder the Church has had trouble fitting the pieces together!
It’s time to lay those incomplete boxes aside and start afresh with the Bible box. When we do, some pieces will look familiar and other pieces may look strange at first. Yet if we honestly come before God to seek His perspective, He will be faithful to show us the complete picture. To cooperate with Him, we will have to lay aside our preconceived ideas and allow the Bible to interpret the Bible. We will have to follow the example of the Berean church as Paul described in Acts 17:10-12 and examine the Scriptures ourselves. We need to see for ourselves what the picture of the straight and smooth path looks like (Isaiah 40:4) so we can prepare the way for others to receive the Lord.
Have you ever put together a large jigsaw puzzle? What did you do first?