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And it ain’t going to end when you die.

The point is that you, and I, are not the end-all, be-all of creation.  We are not the high point in creation.  By this I mean – you and I specifically.  We are mere specks in the long line of history.  At some point the chances are pretty good that who we are and what we say will be forgotten by humanity – completely.  But not by God.

I think the fear of what I just wrote being true is one of the sources for all these Rapture predictions that come out from time to time.

My friend Tim, over at Jesus Without Baggage, (An excellent blog you should be reading BTW), commented on my post yesterday about the most recent Rapture prediction by saying:

Matthew, I read this prediction elsewhere and wondered, “Why do people want to set dates like this?” And, “Why are these dates always just around the corner instead of 800 years in the future?”

Good questions!

Too many have this faulty belief that history started when they were born and it will end when they die.  Guess what – not true.  Why does this bother people though?

If one has faith and trust in God, then should it matter?  Is it a fear that we will be forgotten and our lives will have been meaningless?

The Rapture, as I have written numerous times, is really bad theology and really dangerous too when the idea is carried over to geo-politics.  It’s a theology that promotes the idea that we escape this place and so we don’t have to be stewards and that war and destruction are the means through which God will come back – a God who is really ticked off and negates what God said in Genesis about creation being good.  Yes, Sin has caused a broken relationship, but that doesn’t negate everything, and it doesn’t make it permanent, as we read in Revelation 21 and 22 where God returns, comes down to earth, renews and restores creation, and dwells with us here.  For eternity.  Not somewhere else.  Here.