by John Ellis
For some reason, and I know that reason, I have been spending more time than usual over these last few weeks thinking, teaching, and writing about eschatology (the end times). To be honest, it’s not really my favorite “ology” to interact with. I mean, King Jesus is coming back to judge the wicked and reward those who are repenting of their sins and placing their faith in his life, death, and resurrection. And there is absolutely nothing that needs to happen before King Jesus returns. I don’t get worked up over eschatology, and I definitely do not have an elaborate system of color coded charts to help make sense of it all. But, back to my first sentence, during this season (short season, I hope), I’ve been called to engage eschatology more than I prefer.
One of those engagements, if you will, is the PJ Media article linked to below. My editor emailed me a couple of videos of Al Gore being interviewed about climate change. In the interviews, Gore references the Book of Revelation. My editor wrote, “This is a good hook to write about what is actually going to happen.”
My first thought was to politely decline, but my years in theatre taught me that as a general rule you don’t say “no” to your director, or editor, in this case. My second thought, after concluding that I needed to accept the assignment, was, “I’m not sure how to write this.” My conclusion to that thought was that I needed to use Al Gore as a springboard, or a hook, to use my editor’s word, to propel the reader into the gospel of Jesus Christ and the coming last day.
If you’re interested in reading my thoughts about Al Gore and the Book of Revelation, click the link below.