End Rising is a blog about the end times as shown in the Bible. If you have done any research on this, you have found that there are several major divisions on what the end times will look like. Within those divisions there are smaller divisions. When I first started looking at it seriously, it frustrated me greatly. After all, if the scholars can’t agree, how am I going to be able to tell which one is correct?
I went to God (in prayer) in desperation and said, “If you don’t teach me, I’ll never figure it out.” God started taking me through several portions of Scripture and showing me how they fit together. Now, I know, I know – I’m probably not the only guy to ask God for help. So, if there’s someone else out there that says that he (or she) asked God for help and came up with different answers then we are back to the same original quandary.
How can I claim a better “interpretation” than anybody else? What are my credentials? First off, I am not a “scholar” of end times. I don’t know Hebrew or Greek and I don’t have any sort of theological degree. My primary skills are creative (writing, drawing and music) and I’m not world-class in any of those. My education is in Computer Science. I got an “A” in Logic – for whatever that is worth – and I have analytical experience. I am good at looking at a situation and seeing the problem – but I’m not a widely-sought-after analyst.
The fact is, my abilities don’t make me shine above any of the great intellects out there. That’s an understatement, by the way; I’m not one of the “great thinkers” or speakers. So, I don’t feel I can claim a better “interpretation”. However, what if God never intended it to be that complicated? After all, Jesus’s disciples were not the leading rabbis or philosophers of the age – they were pretty uneducated. The apostle Paul (a great thinker) made the claim that “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27).
Since God is dealing with the not-so-brilliant, why should we think that he would make things so complicated that it takes an intellectual super-hero to understand it? How about we assume that he is not? That’s what this blog is aiming at.