Living In the Prophetic Tension

Commentary & Analysis
L. A. Marzulli

I’m going to assume that most who visit this blog are Born-Again-Spirit-Filled Christians. Therefore most of us are familiar with prophetic passages like the battle at Armageddon, the re-birth of Israel, the Psalm 83 war, The Isaiah 17-Destruction of Damascus, or the Ezekiel 38 war.

We have looked at these passages and have shown ourselves approved in studying and reading commentaries on them.

There are a lot of churches who never delve into prophecy. They ignore it. There is one well-known Bible Teacher who has stated that anyone who studies Prophecy is doing a disservice to the Kingdom!

There is a tension in a believer’s life. We are born again and are new creatures in Christ and yet we carry the “old man” around with us. We groan to be truly set free. Tension.

Same with studying the prophetic word. Jesus tells us to watch and be ready! We are to watch for the signs of His coming and be ready to meet Him in the air! This is foolishness to some and to a non-believer it seems like science fiction. Yet, our Bibles tell us we will rise to meet the Lord in the air.

So we live in tension. On one hand we look forward to our gathering to Him. On the other we plan for our retirement, our kids college fund, the vacation we want to take this year.

It’s a balancing act and it takes time and management to make it all work.

To wrap it up. When we discuss the prophetic word we must also stress the balancing act. We must let the folks know that with studying prophecy comes tension and that tension is Okay.

So I long to meet Him in the air and I’m also thinking about what I’ll BBQ on the grill tonight!