While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead. (Acts 17:30, 31)
The other day I flopped on the couch and started flipping through channels. I had had one of those long days at work, and needed a little time to decompress. After schlepping through the major networks, I came to our local Christian channels. We have two.
The first one was broadcasting its prime-time talk show. On this particular episode, the station's founders were chatting with a modern-day "prophet," who was telling them about "hundreds" of dreams he had had about the end-time scenario of the rise of the Antichrist and the war of Ezekiel 38. Amid all the oohs and aahs of catastrophic destruction he described, I flipped over to the other channel. It was broadcasting the show of another end-times preacher, who was answering questions that had been emailed in about America's role in the last days. He summarized five different scenarios from the various end-time camps, and put his chips in with the one that says the country will implode economically and become more or less a banana republic, paving the way for a one-world government and dictator.
I turned the TV off, grabbed a protein bar, and tried to find something else to do.
As a faithful follower of the Lord, I'm really not all that interested which end-times preacher got his end-time scenario right. My overriding concern is that day which God has fixed. On that day the man He sent who took within himself the sin of mankind and exhausted the curse will return to the planet, and he will judge the hidden things of the living and the dead. While I look forward to his return, I'm afraid that I, like most, will have very little to say about just what I did with his gospel and the baptism of his Spirit.