SOOOOOOO… we come to the end with many things not touched on.
Weeds and wheat grow together to harvest. Could indicate (and my expectation) that there is a growth to harvest in two aspects. Not one over the other, both alongside each other.
Mission is our task, always has been. Idle speculation, date-setting is at best useless and probably demonised. There is very little in the NT to give us a timeline, or to ‘help’ us say now we are at this stage. The world could go on for thousands of years or…
There are a number of ‘untils’ that might give some indication of what could take place:
- restoration of all things
- full number of martyrs
- until reach the maturity of the Son of God
- fullness of Jews etc.
But the issue on this is does this happen prior to the parousia – does these untils happen in the final generation – or does it happen throughout history. And for the more triumphant among us (myself included here) for example he comes for a mature bride – if this is simply the final generation this is problematic in the sense that this potentially makes the bride only the final generation!!! But surely the bride is the whole body of Christ throughout the ages.
So for me it is very simple: no rapture, tribulation will always be present, sometimes more than others, there will be advances and losses, no antiChrist, no millennium, we engage in mission… I am full of optimism but that optimism does not mean we take over – if we are going to see restoration at any level (and I believe that) we can only expect the same context – so I see a wholesale de-christendoming of our societies. And this is necessary as it is christendom that is feeding many false ideologies currently – of course this is another story all together.
So left a few loose ends, but the key is the horizons in the NT and knowing that ‘end times’ is not future but every day since Jesus.
We are in the end times, there will be an end time
We are in the last hour, there will be an end to the last hour
We are in the last days, there will be a last day