No more Hitler, please.

Mr Malakoa gets these obsessions and his current television crazy is Hitler.  I guess that the Military Channel is doing a Hitler Marathon and I don’t like it.  I don’t want Small to watch it.  I don’t want to be around it.  I know enough about him and don’t need to know he was married three times.  I don’t need to know about the destruction of his hometown.  I don’t need to know his desires and hatred.  I might need to know he was a sometimes vegetarian, but probably not.

It’s the New Year, 2010, a date I could not fathom fifteen years ago.  Who thought the world would have done itself in with nuclear war by now?  Who thought pollution would make the planet unlivable?  Who believed the warnings of the ‘prophets’ that the world would end by then?

I’m on board with all of them but the last.  The Old Testament says, ” Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”  (Hitler, anyone?)

Jesus himself says:

32“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard! Be alert[f]! You do not know when that time will come. 34It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ”

So, Jesus didn’t know when He was coming back.  Why would Harold Camping or any other of the cult leaders of the day.  2018, 2010, 2005.

Dan Koenig writes his opinion, and uses the Bible to back himself up:

“They had no reason to know because the generation living at that time was not in the end times. Jesus did not say the Church would never know the season. He told these disciples what their role would be in the next verse. They would be eye witnesses of Jesus.

Paul implies the Church would know the times and seasons:

32“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard! Be alert[f]! You do not know when that time will come. 34It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ”

He reads in the implication that Paul hints the church will know the season of his return.  I don’t see it.  What Jesus must have meant, in my opinion, that we need to be ready, not that we need to know when He will come back.

One of the things that offends me is that nut jobs around the world are wasting time figuring out something that is unknowable.  They could, as my friend “J” said, that people will do anything to avoid the real work of evangelism.  Although I clearly to not have that gift, I appreciate the sentiment.  If I can not evangelize, I can pray, thus avoiding the mathematical games surrounding divinations.   I can read and look but will not be arrogant enough to predict such things.  And I’ll try not to be a self righteous jerk about it in the mean time.

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