pg 27 of the devotions listed under the tag “Inviting God in”
“…the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple.” Malachi 3:1
Short post for broken wrist reasons. Rupp admits she “can only be receptive, that I cannot force God, but sometimes I forget and go into a spiritual pout wondering if my prayer life as any good at all.”
Then she states that revelation is on God’s time, not by humanity’s demand.
I’m guessing this “great event of revelation” she writes of so hopefully is the same horrific junk in the Book of Revelations? Is that really a future anyone in their right mind would be hoping for?
But everyone can run with their own interpretation of the nutty thing. From Christian Bible Reference:
Prediction of Current and Future Events
Over the centuries, there have been countless fanciful interpretations of Revelation. Many fascinating books, essays, and sermons have tried to equate the cataclysmic images in Revelation to world events and to predict when or how the “end times” would come. But the fact that none of those countless predictions has come true demonstrates the futility of trying to predict things known only to God (Matthew 24:36-50, Luke 12:40, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3).
In recent years, some people have understood the allusions in Revelation as references to modern events and modern nations, particularly Israel and the United States. However, most Bible scholars say the symbols in Revelation refer to events and places familiar to its intended audience – the first century Christians in Asia Minor. The book, itself, states that its message is directed at the first century Christians in Asia Minor, and that the events it describes would happen “soon” (Revelation 1: 1-4, 1:9-11, 22:10).
That site explains in more detail the various parts of the book with interpretations taken from a range of sources. But the end point is that we’re left with this everlasting “soon” and all the lost hopes it entails. How many people over the centuries have believed we were in the end times and how many of those people lured still more to their deaths? For what? I guess some beliefs are more powerful than a will to live…
next time – always room for hope.