I wanted to spend more time on this post, but time ran out (pun intended). Honestly, the wondrous realities of real people got in the way: family, friends, our wonderful students at the Summit Oxford Study Centre. So, I’ll leave this as it is: a little bit raw.
History and Hysteria
Since I became a follower of Jesus in late-1987, I have endured a series of seasons where Christians and others have believed that humanity is on the verge of some dramatic and traumatic event, one that is foretold in the Bible, and preferably ensconced in some vague passage, and especially with an appeal to a Hebrew term with wide lexical options or a variety applications or a myriad of resonances, and most preferably with some numbers (any number will do), and most desirous are numbers that are easily divided by others that can be deemed significant in some way or another.
Oh, the magic of it all.
Were these prophetic? That is the question. Or were they just pathetic? Well, that may be a bit provocative, even if a bit more apropos.
The truth is, the quasi-prophetic speculations of each of these seasons failed…failed…and failed most miserably, even if reluctantly.
What they said the Bible said was false…false…, thus granting motivation to some who would dismiss the Bible all the more.
These folks may not be false prophets, technically, but they surely are not commendable readers, leaders, or teachers. Yes, perhaps they are just very bad teachers, people we should not follow, should not believe. People whose books we should not have purchased!