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   Prophecy is sometimes hard to accept.

   For one thing, it flies in the face of normal expectations.

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   How many times have you heard,

   “I’m convinced we’re so close to the ‘end times’ the Bible talks about”?

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   Though in your heart you sort of agreed, in no way were your plans for the day, week or year modified by those words.

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   Feel guilty about this?

   Well, there’s in-your-face precedent for this.

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   Long ago Some Godly people had the same kind of response.

   (You may wish to skim Luke chapter 24.)

   Godly women¹ came to the tomb of Jesus carrying expensive “burial spices” to treat the body of Jesus as was the custom of the day. (They couldn’t do it earlier because of Sabbath regulations (which they had followed as Jesus had) that forbade such “work.”

   Why did they do this?

   It was the custom of the day to do this to those you loved and respected. And it mustn’t be forgotten that these people, as well as the apostles, had spent considerable time with Jesus observing all He’d said and done.

   But Jesus had said He would rise from the dead after 3 days.

   If they, and their companions, had taken this seriously and literally, they wouldn’t have engaged in such an extravagant and wasteful activity. What Jesus had said–if  remembered–had to be some way taken symbolically or metaphorically. (Perhaps in the same way Nicodemus needed to take Jesus’ words about being “born-again.”)

   And when the women reported what they had seen and heard to the apostles, they of all people struggled with accepting the fact that Jesus had risen.

   But Jesus had–literally.

   Biblical prophecy, very specific in places, is hard to morph into something metaphorical, even though the “natural” interpretation seems to demand it.

   If² and when end times occur and Jesus returns, many of  the very faithful are going to be very surprised. It just goes against all business as usual.

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   ¹ Three of the women are even named–Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. As to the “3 days and 3 nights in the tomb,” there has been much discussion about this, and perhaps 2 Sabbaths, one day after the other, but that’s not for discussing here. The point is that the women returned at the first opportunity that they could which was “3 days” later. They and the apostles, looking back, realized that the “3 days” fit. Believing in a physical resurrection was, in spite of everything, still a struggle. Dead people don’t just come back alive to Earth.

   ² The “if” here doesn’t apply to me. I start with the “When.”