Looking for Armageddon
Apr 15, 2014 1319
There are many Christians who are more interested in looking for Armageddon than in looking for Christ.
They have their end-time prophecies all worked out, and they are constantly scanning world events trying to make the pieces fit into their understanding of prophecy. Every few years great excitement breaks out as something happens in the political, military, social, or religious world that they believe is the BIG ONE – an event that demonstrates that their particular prophetic understanding is correct – an event that demonstrates that the end of the world is about to hit us.
This is not a new phenomenon. It happened with the Jews in the time of Christ as well. For them the coming of the Messiah signalled the end of the world.
They were a prophetic people; they had a prophetic role to play. They had their prophetic ducks all lined up in a row too. They also were constantly scanning world events constantly and getting excited about it all. They knew they were onto something. They knew that it was the time at which the prophesied Christ should come. They knew that the world events were roughly right….
But while they were getting excited about prophecy, they missed the Lord of Prophecy. While they were adding up prophetic years and weighing up prophetic events, they crucified the Lord of All.
It’s not that prophecy is wrong. It’s not that it isn’t important. But it’s about how you use it. It’s about priorities.
Could it be that there are Christians today who are repeating the same mistakes that the Jewish people made? Could it be that we have lost sight of the great purpose of prophecy, of why prophecy was given in the first place, which was so that when we have seen the prophesied events happen, that we might believe in Jesus Christ? John 13:9. The purpose of prophecy is to point us to Jesus.
We can spend all our lives looking for Armageddon and miss out on Jesus.
Would it not be better to be more like those Greeks from afar? They didn’t belong to God’s chosen people. They probably didn’t know much about prophecy or the end of the world. But they came to Philip and simply said to him, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.”
They weren’t disappointed.