Thursday, May 19, 2011
The Second Coming and other nonsense...
...nonsense, as in how the latest fruitcake crowd is promoting it for day after tomorrow.
I don’t care what happens on Saturday, Second Coming or not, we’re having church as usual on Sunday. That’s the old saw, standard joke in every preacher’s repertory.
Plodder goes out on a limb: Nothing will happen Saturday other than as in the days of Noah, i.e., folks will go about their normal lives.
And, honestly, I don’t know whether the latest date-setter nutcase crowd is helpful, folks are exposed to and will talk about the Second Coming, or harmful, more ridicule and skepticism heaped on the current handful of apocalyptics but also on we mainstream evangelicals.
The mine is rich with this stuff, though:
I read where the Shaker movement looked to 1792 as doomsday, end of the world. It passed and you know what happened to the Shakers – they got all shook up but Elvis was clearly a closet Shaker so all was not lost.
What can one say about the Jehovah’s Witnesses? They are the date-setter champs, on steroids with 1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975 and 1994, etc. For crying out loud, you get only three strikes in baseball then you’re out. You have to advance the football a mere ten yards after four tries or you lose it. Shoot an air ball in basketball and get laughed off the court. How many tries should we give the JW’s. Times up for them. You’re out! Oh yeah, I forgot, the ‘invisible’ return of Jesus, but then, how would one know?
June 6, 1981 found one Bill Maupin and his followers sitting on a hill, yes, far away (Arizona) awaiting the Second Coming. One supposes that they all went back home.
And said to trigger the Second Coming are things like the Oslo Accords (2007), certain schemes of lunar eclipses, this earthquake, that tsunami, the latest Middle East chest thumping, Ipod, Ipad, Ipecac…temple rebuilding, complete people group evangelization, Israel does this, doesn’t do that…sigh…
Well, there’s always 2012…
…or, maybe we should just be Biblical without being idiots: Jesus will come again, when He wants, without any help from us; personally, visibly, suddenly. We had better be ready.