The End of the World…

Recently I attended a conference at the beautiful Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs where Anne Graham Lotz was the featured speaker.  The daughter of Billy Graham, Anne is a very gifted Bible teacher and an engaging speaker.  Women came from all over the world to hear her share as part of the Pursuing More of Jesus Conference.  Undoubtedly, we all went home with some very interesting things to think about. 

 

Much of what Mrs. Lotz shared resonated with me.  But one thing she said while she was here is still puzzling me.  So I decided to share it with you and get your input.

 

Anne Graham Lotz believes that when her father dies, his passing will usher in the final days on this earth.  She based her statement on the Bible’s criteria that the Gospel will be preached to all the world before the end comes.  Anne clearly articulated her thoughts that when Billy Graham passes because he is known world-wide as the most famous Christian Evangelist of our age, the ensuing headlines and news stories will cover the globe.  The Gospel will, in fact be preached as part of the story of Mr. Graham’s life & testimony.  The Bible prophecy will be satisfied and the end will come.

 

It’s an interesting theory and one that if true, would mean that the end is near…Billy Graham is currently 90 years old.

 

So what do YOU think?

 

Eating His Flesh, Drinking His Blood

We are called to hunger & thirst after righteousness.  I understand that True righteousness has nothing to do with us but only comes through the blood of Christ…Isaiah tells us that our righteousness is as filthy rags.  Only when we are hidden in Christ is God able to see us as righteous. 

My question relates to how that hunger & thirst are satisfied…in the Gospel of John Jesus commands us to eat his flesh & drink his blood.  Jesus also said he is the Bread of Life & Living Water.  I’ve always understood that Jesus is referring to consuming the Word of God and the Spirit of God.  I guess what confuses me is that some faiths teach that during the taking of Holy Communion, the cracker/bread actually becomes the physical body of Jesus and the wine becomes His blood, as opposed to other faiths that practice communion as symbolism of his death & resurrection .

“ The quintessence of these doctrinal decisions consists in this, that in the Eucharist the Body and Blood of the God-man are truly, really, and substantially present for the nourishment of our souls, by reason of the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, and that in this change of substances the unbloody Sacrifice of the New Testament is also contained.” The Catholic Encyclopedia

“the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar in its twofold aspect of sacrament and Sacrifice of Mass, and in which Jesus Christ is truly present under the bread and wine.”

Is this a Biblical teaching?  I’m interested in additional study but googling it has left me overwhelmed.  The more I read, the more I’m confused and the more questions I have.

 

The bottom line is that I’ve always believed the elements of communion are symbols whereby Followers remember the death & celebrate the resurrection of Christ.  And I’ve come to believe that when Christ talked about eating his flesh, drinking his blood he was emphasizing the importance of heeding his Word & walking in the Spirit…that these are what we are to “hunger & thirst” after.  Am I way off-base?  Can you share your perception of this mystery and how you arrived at it?