Are the end times really just the beginning?

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My big brother is onto something. He is standing end times theories on their heads. He is making us think. He’s not saying he’s got all the end times answers; he’s only saying that there are a number of passages and prophecies that point to a different kind of end times scenario, and instead of just ignoring these because they don’t fit into what we’ve always been taught, we should at least ask: “What is this? What does it mean? Why is it here?”

Here’s just one small case in point. (I say “small” with my tongue in my cheek because this happens to be one of the most important verses in all of the gospels. We call it the Great Commission.) It’s where Jesus gives his disciples (that would include us) their final assignment. It’s His parting word to them before He ascended into heaven. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) No small thing, indeed.

Now have you ever wondered why He said to make disciples of all nations? How do you disciple, teach and baptize a nation? Surely it doesn’t mean that. It must mean to find people within every nation of which to make disciples. That’s what I’ve always thought. But if that’s what it means, why didn’t He say that? Why didn’t He say “make disciples from every nation,” instead of “make disciples of every nation”? Unless, of course, that’s exactly what He meant to say: that the disciples (including us after them) through our influence in the world, were to turn whole nations toward the Lord, that the prophecy of Revelation — “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ” (Revelation 11:15) — might be fulfilled through His disciples.

This at least deserves consideration and further study. That instead of running away from a world getting worse and worse, you and I are called to run into the world with a mindset of influencing people, institutions and culture itself toward the things of God that Jesus came to teach us like love, compassion, justice, and care for the poor and oppressed.

We’ve been talking about being Christians in the marketplace all along. It seems that the stakes may be getting higher as we learn more about God’s will for these end times.

To delve more deeply into these ideas, I encourage you to get and read The Future Great Planet Earth by Dr. David E. Fischer (available on amazon.com). And be sure to listen to our podcast of last night’s BlogTalkRadio show where I interviewed David about his new book.

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2 Responses to Are the end times really just the beginning?

  1. Lois Taylor says:

    Thanks for the recommendation, John. I am always looking for good books.

  2. Mark Seguin says:

    Luv today’s Catch, becauz one thing I was taught as an engineer to often ask: what if….
    PS and Pastor John’s brother from the blog talk radio and in this book, which I’ll get a few months from now, becauz I’m about that far behind in my reading of good book. Seems to often ask: what about this verse…

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