To introduce myself, I am a Little Old Lady 77 years of age who loves color, Lego, reading, playing bridge and studying and teaching God’s prophetic Word.
Melissa and Zac Evans of Faith Community recently sent me a text saying that while they knew the Bible pretty well, they didn’t know much about the end times. They wondered, could I start a blog to teach on the subject? I prayed about it for awhile before concluding that this was something God wanted me to do.
So then, why should anyone listen to what I’ve got to say?
For 45 years I have been a serious student of biblical prophecy. Let me tell you a story of how that came to be. In 1950 I transferred from the public to the Catholic school. There I learned about something called Lent and that everyone was supposed to make some kind of sacrifice. Our teacher instructed us to consider over the weekend what sacrifice we were going to make. Well, most 8 year old kids gave up candy, but I LIKE candy and certainly did not want to go six weeks without it. I knew that my saying I would give up liver was not going to cut it. Finally the “ah ha” solution hit me and on Monday, I declared that I would read the Bible for 30 minutes every day. (And eat candy) Perfect.
And I did read the Bible every day; I skipped over unpronounceable words, names, places, and lists. But I got hooked on the Bible and kept on reading it. I’m pretty sure I milked the read-the-Bible-instead-of-giving-up-candy for two additional Lents. While reading the last book of the Bible, The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, I kept getting this odd feeling. When I finally finished reading Revelation and was getting up to put the Bible away, I paused and said to the Lord, “God, I get the feeling that I am supposed to understand this, but I don’t. I think it’s about the end of the world, but I’m not sure. If it’s ever important that I understand it, please remind me.” Then I went on with being a kid.
Twenty years later, my husband, Mike Kearns, and I were going camping and fishing. In those days paperback books used to be on kiosks at the grocery store checkout lanes. When I was buying groceries for the trip, the book, The Late, Great Planet Earth, by Hal Lindsey, caught my eye. I thought it was about aliens which interested me at the time so I grabbed it to read while Mike was fishing. When I began reading it, I quickly discovered that it wasn’t about aliens at all, but rather it was someone’s interpretation of The Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ. At the moment that realization hit me, I felt a sensation like being washed in warmth and a voice in my spirit said, “You asked to be reminded if it was ever important that you understand this. It’s important.”
Whoa. Changed everything. What kind of a God remembers the request of an eleven year old kid, a request I’d completely forgotten until that moment? After walking around in a daze for several days, I concluded that if God says it’s important, I had better start learning about prophecy. So, for forty-five years I have done so.
In addition to reading the Bible many times through, I’ve read tons of books and articles about prophecies related to Jesus’ Second Coming and the time around His return; ingested and considered every reasonable writer’s point of view; cross referenced Bible verses and footnotes; taken classes and taught classes; spoken to groups and to pastors on the subject. At least two hours of my day are spent with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. I am a Watchman on the Wall. My job is paying attention to what’s going on in the world and then seeing if the Bible has anything to say about that. The other part of my job is calling attention to what’s happening.
It’s tricky to try to teach about the End Times because it’s not a nice, tidy, straight line subject. This topic shows up all over the Bible, Old Testament and New. To make sense of it requires a lot of cross referencing. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I will give it my best shot to explain. I hope that people will neither offhandedly accept nor reject what I say but to check it out for themselves. Look it up in your Bible.
The next blog talks of my purpose in doing this blog, what my objectives are and how I hope they will be accomplished.
God is in control. Always. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are in good hands. If you haven’t, now would be a REALLY good time to do so.