Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lenny Bruce is not afraid

That's right, it starts with an earthquake.... Yes, folks we had an earthquake. Sort of. If you ask me, it felt more like a big truck riding past the house... But it did feel like something! Now there’s a hurricane coming. I’m praying that it stays to the east of us as is being predicted, but you never know. We do need the rain...

William Blake's Four Horsemen
It all sounds... downright apocalyptic, doncha know. And, funnily enough, I’ve been reading the Revelation of St. John lately ... That is some heavy stuff, I’ll tell you! It’s at once beautiful and terrifying. I don’t doubt that John’s vision was real, and I have the feeling that the meanings are both literal and symbolic.

I’m not going to go into detail, but it involves the legendary four horsemen – conquest, war, famine and death. And people begging for mountains to crush them to put them out of their misery... And blood. Lots of blood.

Now, I know there are lots of points of view on this... Historical Premillennialism, Dispensational Premillennialism, Amillennialism, Postmillennialism, Preterism, No Millennialism... and theories within those theories. My theory: I don’t know-ism. 

Jesus Himself said, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” And I’m comfortable with that. My only fear is that I won’t know what’s going on when it finally occurs, and I won’t respond appropriately.

Fernado Ortega
Jesus also said, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.”

So what if I follow the wrong dude? Or fail to follow the right Dude? What if I get suckered in like everyone else? (It reminds me of a really sweet song by Fernando Ortega – Don’t Let Me Come Home A Stranger: Don’t let me come home a stranger / I couldn’t stand to be a stranger / Lord, save me from this darkest fear).

All I can do is pray. And try to get to know Jesus now, so I will be able to tell the real from the false. Beyond that, I think it’s best not to dwell on it... I know perfectly good people who have become a little nutty chewing over this stuff too much. I’m ready to be raptured whenever the time is right, but until then, I’ve got stuff to do, and a lot of things to tell you!

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