Friday, December 21, 2012

Blog #666

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”—Matthew 24:36

The fact that this is my 666th blog posting on Barnabas File seems appropriate since so many Christian associate that number—“the number of the Beast”—with the end times, and some  people expected that the world would end today based on some interpretations of the Mayan calendar.  As of this writing, the world has not ended.

This type of thing comes along regularly.  Christians have been anticipating the end of this present world since the time of Christ.  Various millennialists, chiliastics, prophets, and seers arise from time to time to proclaim “the end of days.” Some modern Christian sects have been founded on such calculations and then their leaders have done some fancy interpretation when the date arrived and everyone was still here.  The predictions continue, however.

In connection with the present prediction, one mystic said, “This is not the end of the world, but it is the beginning of a new world.”  One way to explain things, I suppose, but it does have some implication for Christians.

For the Christian, a new world was born with the coming of Christ.  With the birth of Christ, a new kingdom began emerging into this world.  Given the problems and calamities that continue to plague us, it is clear that the kingdom of Christ has not reached its culmination.  So we wait.  Advent reminds us not only that Christ has come, but he is coming.  So let us prepare.

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