For those who know the scriptures, the above title is a spin of a text in Romans 11:25, which reads, "Blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in." First century Israel, who knew not the time of her visitation, (Luke 19: 41-44), rejected their Messiah, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, desired a robber, Barabbas in his place, and pledged their allegiance to the Gentile king, Caesar.
The LA Times reported today that "mega-church pastors recently met in Inglewood, California, to buff their strategies for using global communications and aircraft to transport missionaries through the world to fulfill the Great Commission. rest, and brow beat him into bringing about a destruction of the world within the next two decades.
They are motivated by a misunderstanding of Matthew 24:14, which states that the Gospel must be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations then the end would come. What can we say? The blindness has now happened to "Christians."
The end time message of the Bible is really quite simple. In short, that movie is over. The prophecy pundits of today have missed it. They are watching re-runs, believing that they are viewing a live play.
The world-mission of preaching the Gospel to all the nations, in all the world, to all the creation, etc. was completed in the first century. The Bible clearly affirms it. The end prophesied to come following its completion came, right on schedule as the Christ and the apostles predicted. Jesus said, "Assuredly I say to you, this [first century] generation would by no means pass away till all these things take place." Matthew 24:34. The world wide evangelical mission was included in "all these things." .
The Proof is in the Pudding.
"But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed, Their sound has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the end of the world." (Romans 10:18).
To the Colossians Paul wrote, "If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the Gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. (Colossians 1:23)
The apostles accomplished the world-wide evangelical mission in less than 40 years without modern global communication technology and without bomb-carrying aircraft. What a horror it is to hear of "Christians" who want to bring about global war and destruction in the name of Christ, –all because they are blinded to their own bibles.
Further, in their folly, they are rushing to support an unbelieving Israel who denies the Messiah, seeking to raise red heifers in hopes of rebuilding an earthly temple, intricate of the fact that the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, ( Acts 7: 48-50), and the law of Moses which required the "red-heifer" is no longer in force.
Blindness in part happened to Israel because they rejected the Messiah's first coming in the flesh (Matthew 1:23; John 1: 9, 14). Blindness is happening in part to "Christians" because they have rejected the Messiah's second coming, an event that occurred within the first century generation. This by the way, is why the bible uses imminent, at hand, very soon language to describe it. (See Romans 13: 11,12, Philippians 4: 5; Hebrews 10:37; James 5: 7,8; 1 Peter 4: 7, 17; Revelation 1: 1, 3; 22: 6, 10, 12.
Copyright (c) 2006 by William Bell, Jr.