There are many who believe we are living at the end of the world. There are realists who believe that some day a nuclear war will erupt that could result in the end of mankind. Up until recently there were those who thought the world was going to end on Dec. 21, 2012. However with the breaking of a new day on Dec. 22, that belief just became another idea thrown on the scrap heap of bad predictions.
I remember what got me interested in this subject. Back in the late 1970s, I had planned to watch a particular movie on HBO. I almost forgot about the movie but remembered shortly after it started and so when I tuned in I missed the first few minutes, so I had no way of knowing what I was watching. I did not realize it at the time but HBO for whatever reason replaced the movie that I thought I was watching with a movie entitled, “The Late Great Planet Earth” by Hal Lindsey. This movie was about Bible prophecy which I had never heard of before and it really caught my attention.
The information that I learned that day ultimately caused me to give my life to God. I also became a student of Bible prophecy and have been studying it for more than 30 years.
Recently God has really opened my eyes to some of the keys of biblical prophecy which has led me to understand and make sense of subjects that I never could altogether figure out.
One key in particular would be that the Book of Revelations is not written in chronological order but rather the seven seals, the seven trumpets and the seven vials overlap one another. The seven seals are the long story which starts with the arrival of Jesus, 2000 years ago and ends up at the battle of Armageddon. The seven trumpets are a shorter account of events which is approximately 100 years long and it also ends up at the battle of Armageddon.
Last are the seven vials which is the even shorter account of events which starts out right before the battle of Armageddon and goes to the end of the battle.
The answer to the question of title of this column is: no, we are not living at the end of the world but we are living at the end of the church age or the dispensation of the church. The prophecies that are recorded through out the Bible that deal with the time we are living in are dealing more with a transition to the next age in which Jesus will come back and set up his kingdom here on the earth.
For more insight on bible prophecy we are going to be starting a nondenominational Bible study on Thursday nights at our small church, The Living Water Life Center starting Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. We will be using the Understanding the End Time 14-lesson DVD series with a discussion to follow.
First Lesson: United States Discovered in the Bible.
Ed Andreas, pastor of Living Waters Life Center, can be reached at 395-9179.