Has Armageddon Come to the Church?

Leonard Lovett, Ph. D

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“Concerning the offense of the Gospel, nothing can do them good without disturbing them. And nothing will disturb them to any lasting effect unless it disturbs them deeply.” Paul Scherer

 

     The late Bishop Ozro Thurston Jones, Bishop of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of the Church of God in Christ was my primary theological mentor at age twenty two (22) during my first year as a student at Crozer Theological Seminary. He made sure that yours truly was nurtured in the fundamentals of our faith. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard,, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life” This is the same Word that keeps us from “regarding iniquity in our hearts” knowing that “God will not hear us.” It was from my mentor that I learned that the task of a theologian is to continually engage in the critical reflective clarification of the content of the Christian faith which would lead to sound doctrine that cannot be condemned. For decades my revered friend was our premier theologian and preacher. During the early eighties he preached a sermon about Armageddon (arm ah GED un)mountain of Megiddo. Scholars disagree about its exact location, but places it more likely between Mt Carmel and the city of Jezreel. This area is also known as the Valley of Esdraelon. Because of its military history, Megiddo became a symbol of the final conflict between God and the forces of evil. According to Revelation 16:19, “the cup of the wine of the wrath of God” will be poured out and the forces of evil will be defeated. All of this will take place at the end of history….(continued)

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2 comments

  • Daniel Abate on March 20, 2016 at 4:54 pm said:

    Wow I couldn’t stop reading every article that I read was fantastic Dr Leonard I am so thankful I met you Mighty God bless you again and again. when I was reading I notice some thing some writer don’t have you hove spiritual eye and academical eye and natural eye ,those are.. two natural eye you can see like every body the other two writer eye or academical eye the most of all you have spiritual eye to understand God purpose you are a bless man God bless you more. I’ll keep reading and you keep writing.

  • ++Wayne R Felton on November 25, 2015 at 8:17 am said:

    It is always an intellectually exhilarating experience (as well as a Spiritual encounter) to listen to scholarship rooted-reflections on a micro-denominational matter, which have macro implications for the church worldwide. When a God seeking soul encounters a God approved thinker the reward is an indescribable cataclysm, yielding a changed course far removed from a destruction-bound highway. This article is written to the God seekers, whom dare to entertain the idea that God has an ancient Biblical approach to novel existential dilemmas. Superbly and befitting in reference, the words of the late Bishop OT Jones are a riveting prophetic reality that should cause leaders to pause, even observe a ‘Holy-hush’, and reconsider the plausibility of their narcissistic influenced administrative endeavors. Their “Sardisian” condition is often numbed by the deceptive nectar of earthly accomplishment for after all, was not one leader’s heralding motto to his convocation, “Great God, great accomplishment?”

    Thank you for feeding a younger generation of God seekers, resolved to be rooted in Scripture and the soil of the classical and ecclesiastical exegetes of years gone by. Yes, we unquestionably seek GOD for answers for fresh strategy to address the plaguing issues of our time and yet; we know our inspiration toward right thinking is at times unearthed truths, drawn from the annals of data of right thinking leaders of yesterday. Keep unearthing these truths for us and I promise we’ll not only pour water on your soiled hands, but we’ll wash your feet when you’re weary. Bishop WR Felton

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