Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Phillips: apocalypse

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
    [Jesus:] “For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.”
    —Luke 17:24 (NIV)
    The New Testament is indeed a book full of hope, but we may search it in vain for any vague humanist optimism. The second coming of Christ, the second irruption of eternity into time, will be immediate, violent and conclusive. The human experiment is to end, illusion will give way to reality, the temporary disappear before the permanent, and the king will be seen for who he is. The thief in the night, the lightning flash, the sound of the last trumpet, the voice of God’s archangel—these may all be picture-language, but they are pictures of something sudden, catastrophic, and decisive. By no stretch of the imagination do they describe a gradual process.
    ... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Good News: Thoughts on God and Man, New York: Macmillan, 1963, p. 158 (see the book)
    See also Luke 17:24; Dan. 7:13-14; Matt. 24:30-31; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; 5:1-2; 2 Pet. 3:10; 1 John 3:2; Rev. 8:6-7; 16:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, our hope is in You.
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