|Angels fight with guns and knives right?|
There’s a few non-salvation related topics and advanced tenets of Christianity that many Christians are unaware of. That’s fine, as there’s no way one could be informed adequately about all of them and the 2,000 years of history surrounding them (though I think every Christian should have at least an inkling of interest surrounding them – and at least incorporate a pursuit of them into their burgeoning Christian walk to some capacity). That said, one particularly salient topic in today’s culture is that of Millennialism; basically the “end times/end of the world” scenario’s and how they will all take place (not claiming I'm an expert BTW). I don’t want to go into all the details surrounding Christian view on Millennialism (as they can get way to complicated/speculative – so go to Wikipedia to learn about them), but I do find it somewhat disconcerting most Christians aren’t even aware they exist. Most Christians seem to get their “end times” theology (eschatology) from Hollywood or New York Times’ best-sellers; which as we know more often than not are not very good reflections of Biblical accuracy.
Basically Christian views on Millennialism are split up into three major categories, with a fourth derivative of one. Each viewpoint has many well respected and bright scholarly proponents. No one view seems to dominate any other in scholarship (though Premillennial dispensationalism with its popular “rapture” notion is very popular among the masses, not to mention pop culture). Like I said, go to Wikipedia for a more in depth view, but I did find this nifty little graphic that I think is the best distilled resource that explains the different views.
Is this a salvation issue? No. Will it make you a better Christian? Prolly not. But it has its place in reaffirming the urgency Christ himself gave before his Ascension.
*For the record, I subscribe to Amillennialism. Why? Frankly two reasons:
- The first being that book of Revelations is chock-full of metaphorical imagery and figurative language. Do I think it’s full of literal meanings as well? Yes…but for someone to claim they can accurately distinguish between the literal and figurative; well you may as well claim to be God himself.
- The second reason is more emotionally based, but after all Creation has already been through…do you we really think God and Jesus are gonna mess around and prolong this limited length, width, depth, and time-based existence further? I don’t think so. I think when God is ready to usher in the new Reality, and bring the hammer, he’s not gonna noodle around much longer with this limited, entropy-occupied 4D universe, let alone 1000+ years.
This said, and regardless your view, or lack thereof – I think we can all agree on one thing; we’re all pretty darn excited and desiring of Christ’s inevitable Descension.