Four Blood Moons (all on Jewish feast days and in the shemitah year)...Pope in America...70th Meeting of the UN...70th Shemitah in human history (the last shemitah year was 1967, when Israel became a nation again for the first time since the exile!)...all of this just within the last week, centered around the fall equinox!
What? Exactly. I fear dates, times, and seasons of prophetic significance matter most to those for whom they matter. Personally, I enjoy listening to various perspectives from folks like Jonathan Cahn, John Hogue, John Hagee, Richard Hoagland, Major Ed Dames, Jack Van Impe, Tom Horn, Cliff High, Steve Quayle, Paul Guercio, Gill Broussard, and many more. As I hope we've seen in our dialogue sessions on Wednesday evenings, all perspectives deserve a respectful hearing--regardless, of how we may prejudge them. Yet, I can honestly say, having been a consistent listener to Coast to Coast AM, Caravan to Midnight, and other talk shows that delve into the bizarre, time is never kind to these prophets. There's an old Biblical formula for discerning whether or not one prophesying is an actual prophet or not: if what they say comes to pass. That's a simple formula but one that's too tough for modern-day comfort levels, I fear. It casts shadows of doubt over such great legacies as Sir Isaac Newton, Michal de Nostredame, and Edgar Caycee.
Is it finally time for the Y2K and the 2012 hysteria to come to roost? Will September 23, 2015 mark the beginning of mass apocalyptic unfolding? Will the cosmic equestrians finally have their rodeo? Honestly, I don't know. The tried-and-true formula holds either way.
Most importantly, ask not what prophecy will do to you but what you will do amid prophecy. Whatever that is, you are more than likely doing it right now. If protecting the body and soul is number one on the list, then thoughts of a chaotic future spark current actions to prepare for coming hardships. Now becomes hardship since, for all consciousness purposes, there is no past or future. If one trusts the body and soul completely to the will of God, then thoughts of a chaotic future leave such resolve and faith unmoved. Now becomes trust and faith unmoved.
We'll talk this week--our third week of the 2015 Stewardship Campaign--about "The Poverty Gospel" using a great passage from Hebrews 2.9-12. It reminds us that we and Jesus come from the same source and that we are no different than he. Therefore, we, too, are most perfect amid suffering. What does that mean? Well, it doesn't mean that life must be suffering. Rather, it means--as the ancient Easterners taught eons ago--life is typically suffering because, typically, humanity lives life attached to things, people, and even to life itself. Jesus was made perfect in suffering in that he was not attached to anything, including his very life itself. In terms of Christian stewardship, it's NOT that we give of ourselves in order to get. Rather, we give of ourselves because, being brothers and sisters from the same source as Jesus Christ, we have nothing to lose!