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Judgment Day is Coming

What are you laughing at?

by Everett Wilson
May 21, 2011

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Judgment Day is Coming

 

It is hilarious and sad the way people who recite the creed every Sunday are ridiculing the preacher who said  that judgment day was scheduled six minutes from right now, as  I write these words—May 21, 2011, 6:00 p.m.  It's hilarious because the people who are laughing seem to forget standard Christian teaching, which is that the last trumpet may  sound at any moment for the whole world, just as it personally sounds for  each of us when we die.  An old prayer asks God to spare us from an unprepared death; that is,  we need to be ready to die at any moment because we just might!  

The six minutes have come and gone; it has now been eleven minutes.  I spent some of those googling the  world-wide death rate, and learned that 107 per minute is a consensus figure.  That means in the fifteen  minutes since I first brought it up,  over 1600 people have died.  Since the Bible says directly, not in code, that it is appointed to each of us to die once and after that comes judgment, in the 24 hours that make up this day, over 150,000 people are going to stand before the judgment seat of Christ beforei it  is over. 

 So while the minister and his followers  who believe  the Bible to be a code book-- rather than  a straightforward message from God--were wrong about the world as a whole, they were dead-on (pun intended) about those 150,000.  Since the day still has almost six hours left in it, you and I, dear reader, have plenty of time to be among them.  The day is only three quarters done.  If this is an average day,   there's enough time left for   30,000 more  people to die.

 Fifty years ago I learned theology from a  wise and learned theologian named Donald  Frisk.  He had a masterful knowledge of the Bible  and the doctrine of the whole church, not just that of  his denomination..  Concerning the end of the world  he did not agree with those who keep setting dates    and have to keep revising their predictions.

Before I ever met  Frisk,  I didn't agree with the date-setters either.  .  He didn't have to convince me.

But Frisk  wasn't harsh with the date-setters.  He said—and after so long a time I can still repeat the gist of it-- "Our main disagreement is not with those who set dates for the end of the world and the return of Christ, but with those  who don't believe in the return of Christ at all."

We have more in common with the date-setters than with those  who ridicule them,  because along with them we believe  the Bible as the Creed summarizes it.  Jesus is now  seated at the right hand of the Father Almighty, and from there  he is going to come to judge the living and the dead.   We don't know when, but it's going to happen—and we're all going to be there.    What's funny about  that?     

 

   

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Phillip Mutchell from United Kingdom writes:
May 24, 2011
Mr Frisk is being gracious but 'date setters' tend to have an elitist vision of Christianity which in itself constitutes another gospel, and in the language of Paul is rather too quick to be telling the foot & co it has no need of them. The mind that craves special revelation is surely guilty of that gnostic error John warned against; is it not?

Everett Wilson from The Partial Observer writes:
May 25, 2011
Don Frisk was indeed always gracious. (He went to be with the Lord last year at the age of 99.) He was also a realist. Who are the elitists? People committed to what they believe, though we judge them in the wrong? The list of those could be endless.
In contrast, I have always loved these lines by Edwin Markham:
He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, a rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!

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