I spoke about the "end times" and the rapture and all that at Element last Sunday night. It was part of our Coffee Shop Theology series, in which topics/questions were submitted and voted on by our community. It's been a long time since I spent any energy exploring end times stuff, but in my younger days it greatly animated me. The Thinklings themselves sort of started as a discussion group for a book called The Sign by Robert Van Kampen, about the so-called "pre-wrath rapture" of the church.
But I've long been burnt out on that whole scene. You know how new Calvinists enter the cage phase? I went through a rapture cage phase, the time after I abandoned pretribulationism and became absolutely geeked out on what I was learning.
As the old Calvinist joke's punchline goes, "Whew. Glad that's over."
I'll tell you what I'm thankful for: I'm thankful that the end times began when Jesus cried out "It is finished" from the cross, that his bodily resurrection was a down payment on my future, and that someday I will be changed. That's a gospel-driven end times. That's an end times that excites me like no number of charts and diagrams and newspaper-wielding speculations ever could.