I wonder what the theology of the author who wrote “America the Beautiful” was. “Oh Beautiful for patriot’s dream, who sees beyond the years, thine alabaster citys gleam undimmed by human tears!”
Daniel 2:31ff shares a vision of history. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a statue, and Daniel interprets the dream.
The Interpretation that Daniel offers is reasonably interpreted by Bible Scholars to refer to Babylon, then Persia, then Greece, and then Rome, and then the remains of the Roman empire.
A mountain strikes the statue representing these 4 (or 5) kingdoms and destroys it, but it itself becomes a mountain that fills the whole earth. Daniels interpretation says that “in the time of those kings” God is going to set up a Kingdom that will NEVER END!
You can see as plain as day that the Kingdom referred to was established by Jesus Christ and refers to the Church/Kingdom/Dominion of God.
So… The church/kingdom/dominion of God is like a rock that destroys the kingdoms of this world but itself becomes a mountain that fills the whole earth and reigns forever?
I have studied the Bible, and I do not see that God’s intent is that everything must get worse and worse and worse with us being rescued in the end (or right before the end). I see a people of God conquering and reigning with Jesus, as God makes Christ’s enemies a footstool for his feet!
I am concerned that Christians have developed a theology of the end times that does not reflect the Character and Nature of God, the call to “Dominion” or the destiny of the Church to rule and reign with Jesus.
My observation is that we tend to build and create what we believe in. If Christians only believe in getting people saved and prepared for heaven then we might render ourselves irrelevant to bettering society, our fellow man, and planet earth!
Something to think about…