Alan and I have conversations on our podcast that trigger things in my spirit that bring me to a point of conviction and passion. I have been made to consider the belief structure of those who don’t hold to the same eschatology as I do. From what someone’s hermeneutic principles are, you can predict their eschatology. The problem is that today, most people start with eschatology and go backward to find their hermeneutic principles of interpretation.
The conclusion is you cannot arrive at the correct destination without a proper journey. I cannot go to the East Coast by going west. I cannot arrive at a destination in the south by going north. You will never get there if you start at the end, not the beginning. I’ve learned that there is one conclusion that remains. Jesus is Lord and the Savior of the world. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of humanity, and rose again victorious over death—all of this He accomplished for our justification, sanctification, and glorification. I may hold to a different end-times doctrine than you do. We may differ on points of interpretation, but if we have those common ground and fundamental principles, then we are part of the same family. While I believe it is essential that we hold to what the bible says in a literal way, you may hold too much of it as an allegory, but the blood of Jesus Christ holds together the truth of our relationship.
However, to understand and teach the Bible, we should study to show ourselves approved of God, rightly dividing the word of truth. Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. We have to search out the glory of God that has been concealed. In literal fashion, we have been seeing unfold before our eyes what the spirit has been saying to churches down through the ages. When truth is spoken, it becomes active and operational immediately, and we see it intensify through time until the times are complete and the truth spoken is fulfilled.
In a cycle of spiritual intensifications, we have been living in a darkened world by the spirit of the Antichrist. In a cycle of spiritual intensifications, we have been seeing the light of the Word of God teach us what is to come. Revelation chapters 4 and 5 give us the proper response we should have in these days. We are to respond in absolute praise, uniting with the host of heaven declaring, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God almighty which was, and is, and is to come. We are to sing, Worthy is Lamb. We are to be in absolute praise at the power display of the one who sits on the throne. If we do not praise Him for who He is, we will never see what He is doing. Trying to stop God from doing what He is doing is a futile attempt at the authority that only He has. Can we be unified simply on the issue of praising God?
The common thread throughout every eschatological belief structure is that we live in the last days. If time is short, there is only one thing left to do. Preach Jesus, Praise Jesus, and pray that Jesus will bring the lost to Him, for the hour is coming when no man can work. This is the only thing that is left for us to do.