Dispatch Two Hundred Eight

Posted: July 8, 2019 in Fifty-Eighth Bundle
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HEBREWS 9:24-28

24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; 26 for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Auspicious time is all about alignment: observing life with such attention that you begin to notice rhythms, synchronicities, coincidences and connections that tend to escape ordinary (hurried and distracted). One variety of alignment found in late-biblical Judaism and Christianity is called apocalyptic, where earthly structures and events were seen as temporal-visible replicas of heavenly models.

Typically someone with clairvoyant powers would report on events presently unfolding in the hidden realm, and then make the predictive claim that such-and-such was about to “come to pass” in the historical near future. As messenger, the visionary prophet could prepare the people for coming events before their fulfillment in time, calling the community to repentance, into hiding, or to organized resistance. Frankly, apocalyptic thinking has been wildly abused in religious history, compelling true believers to desperate and frequently violent acts in order to “hasten the day” of the world’s end.

Nevertheless, apocalyptic thinking still has a place in the religious worldview of many. When it’s not being shamelessly abused, this vision of the alignment of heavenly and earthly events can effectively inspire believers to readiness, watchfulness, and moral courage – qualities that Jesus praised in these “last days.” The author of Hebrews believed that his community was alive at a truly auspicious moment, when Jesus, who had offered his life as a sacrifice and then ascended as high priest to make atonement on behalf of the world, was about to return to earth for the worldwide congregation of those who had kept the faith.

Today, Christians are still waiting – and their alertness is keeping watch for us all.

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