First of all, it is refreshing to have a Watchtower study article where I have nothing with which to find fault.
(Please feel free to share your comments on the subject of this week’s study.)
As my contribution, something came to mind that ties in with my last post on the “last days”. It comes from the first paragraph of the study.
(Romans 13:12) The night is well along; the day has drawn near. Let us therefore put off the works belonging to darkness and let us put on the weapons of the light.
By this point, Paul’s metaphorical night was some 4,000 years old, and it was still not over, but was “well along”. “The day has drawn near”, he say; yet we are still awaiting the day. One night. One day. A time of darkness, and a time of light.
From the same paragraph we have Peter’s words:
(1 Peter 4:7) But the end of all things has drawn close. Be sound in mind, therefore, and be vigilant with a view to prayers.
Some might argue that Peter was only referring to the imminent destruction of Jerusalem. Perhaps, but I wonder…. His letters were not directed to the Jews, but to all Christians. Most of the gentile Christians living in Corinth, Ephesus, or Africa would never have even visited Jerusalem and while feeling for their Jewish brethren undergoing hardships, would otherwise experience very little impact in their lives as a consequence of Jerusalem’s destruction. This inspired scripture seems to apply to all Christians down through time. It is as relevant today as it was back then.
I would suggest, in all humility, that our problem with these scriptures stems from our looking at them from the viewpoint of children. Now don’t jump down my throat just yet. I will explain.
When I was in grade school, the school year just dragged. Months dragged by. Days dragged by. Time moved like a snail plowing through molasses. Things speeded up when I hit high school. Then more when I was in my middle years. Now in my seventh decade, years zip by like weeks used to. Perhaps at some point, they’ll fly by like days do now.
How would I view time if I were in my ten thousandth year, or my one hundred thousandth? What would 2,000 years seem like to a human who was one million years old? A staggering thought, what?
The entire 6,000+ years of night and darkness that Paul refers to will be but a blip to us.
“But we aren’t eternal”, you say. Sure we are. That was Paul’s point to Timothy. Let us “get a firm hold on everlasting life” and stop thinking like children when it comes to viewing time. (1 Timothy 6:12) It will make things a whole lot easier when trying to comprehend prophecy.
Okay, you can beat on me now.