Mark 13:26-27 “The powers in the heavens shall see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth, to the farthest end of heaven.”
Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory. Perhaps it’s something in our DNA that likes to play detective. We enjoy the thrill of the chase. Perhaps that’s what makes “the end times” so intriguing for many people.
Angels, false prophets, anti-Christs, Israel, beasts, the Great Tribulation, a rapture, and the infamous “abomination of desolation.” The Revelation is full of titillating clues. Jesus also had some curious things to say in Mark 13 about “the Son of Man coming (again).”
But I’m less concerned with one-world governments, the Illuminati, or chips embedded in our foreheads. The cashless society, establishment of Israel in 1947, and the threat of Russia is not my focus.
However we arrange the pieces, whichever theory we concoct, whatever timeline we propose, one thing remains: Christ is coming.
Some people use this promise as a threat. I recall watching the movie “A Thief in the Night” (1972). It scared the pants off most of us at the viewing. It may have even frightened a few folk towards the Kingdom.
Others have discovered that prophecy and conspiracy theorism is big business. People will give large sums of money — and fund large bunkers in remote places — when slick prophetic analysts speak.
But the real purpose of apocalyptic language and imagery in the Bible was not to predict the details of the future but to provide hope for those who were suffering. The return of Christ is not about fear but hope; not about fund-raising but faith-raising.
In Mark 13:32, Jesus told His disciples that “No one knows the day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”
The final word, the word that matters most, is that the suffering and violence of this world is not the final word. It’s easy to grow disillusioned or afraid in the face of the evil around us. So many people suffer so greatly. Poverty, war, violence, abuse, human trafficking, the drug trade, racism, and corruption pound at our doors. Is there hope? Will it ever get better?
The Kingdom of God (through the people of God) brings some measure of light into this darkness. But the King Himself is coming again. And all shall be changed. Easter, just two weeks away, provides proof of His promise. Glorious day!