Chapter One: Common Sense rather than Nonsense
Nearly every day, it is common to see or hear something in the news media or on a social media channel like Facebook or Twitter about the “end of the world," the “Apocalypse,” or “Armageddon.”
However, when we consider prophecy regarding the Day of the Lord, the end times, or Armageddon, we need to look to the Bible and get our answers from the authoritative source. When we read the book of Revelation, the Book of Daniel (a fascinating Old Testament prophet we’ll be looking at from time to time in this book), or any prophetic passage in the Bible, we don’t want to interpret the prophetic text based on what may be written in today’s newspapers. Current events, the evening news, or political speeches aren’t the lenses we use to interpret prophecy.
There has been so much bad information coming from other sources like the newspapers, social media, and even some of the preachers on radio and TV that the mention of prophecy and the second coming of Jesus often creates confusion and ridicule. This was foretold by Saint Peter in his second epistle, where he writes,
"Know this first of all, that in the last days scoffers will come [to] scoff, living according to their own desires 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? From the time when our ancestors fell asleep, everything has remained as it was from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4)
Those that are wise (and I hope you are wise) will remember an important saying, "The Bible interprets the Bible." Therefore, when we talk about the prophecies in the New Testament that point to the second coming of Jesus or the establishment of the Millennial Reign (i.e., 1,000 years) of Christ, we will also be looking at the Old Testament to see if there are clues that will help us understand the text more appropriately. Often, we will see that significant end-time prophecies are repeated numerous times in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, and by reading and studying all of them, we can uncover important clues regarding their actual meaning.
By the way, this discipline of the systematic study of the second coming of Jesus, the establishment of the millennial reign of Christ, or any last days prophecy is called eschatology. The word eschatology is from the Greek ἔσχατος (éschatos), meaning "last," and logy, meaning "the study of the eschaton," therefore, "the study of last things." This includes unfulfilled Bible prophecy, such as the second advent (second coming of Jesus), the tribulation, the end times, and Armageddon.
The above excerpt is from "A Coming Apocalypse? The Catholic Bible Has the Answer!
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