Man-led End Times

Is God giving us more control of our destiny?

The movie The Adjustment Bureau taps into a Secular Theology understanding of eschatology. The basic premise is that God has been controlling history all along, but eventually we will get to a point where we are able to stand on our own and make our own informed decisions. Essentially, God works Himself out of His job.

First of all, that does not really jibe biblically.

Some may disagree that it speaks to the End Times before Christ returns, but many agree that Matthew 24 speaks about that time in which our Lord says,

“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:22, NIV)

There are several passages that speak to the end like this.

My question today is this:

What if God is indeed slowly stepping back?

Could He indeed be giving humanity more control of their destiny?

Now, before you jump straight into declaring me a heretic or blasphemer, consider some points of interest.

God is not giving up control, He is merely allowing us to make more of our own decisions in how history unfolds.

God is not making the bad things we do to ourselves and our planet happen, rather He does not intervene as much as He may have in the past. In The Adjustment Bureau, one of the “angels” says the last time “The Boss” allowed humanity to control their destiny was in 1914, and we nearly annihilated ourselves with World War I. He sent His people back in to help us. Instead of saying “World War I was God giving us more control and we failed,” perhaps there is truth that He did give us more control over events. He did step in to keep us from annihilating ourselves.

However, God intervenes to make sure we do not annihilate ourselves before all of His plans have been fulfilled. He allows us to have some control so that we gradually prove His truth that we cannot function (properly) without Him. He allows us control, in other words, to speed along His return. The more control we have, the worse things get over all. After things get so bad that mankind’s “every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” He will step in finally. Christ will return to set up His Kingdom once and for all. (We can debate whether or not there is a literal millennium later)

What do you think? Is God allowing us more freedom in our choices to usher in the End? Am I being heretical? Or does this idea help explain why it seems things are truly getting worse in our world in spite of all our advances in technology, medicine, and knowledge?

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  1. Good question. At first I thought you were being heretical, but rereading your post again I don’t think you are. But I disagree. We do not have more or less control than we’ve ever been. We have free will, period. That’s like saying someone is more pregnant than another. Either you are or you aren’t.

    What we are seeing is increased evil as is promised in the last days. The good news is that the Spirit of God is going to pour out his power even more. My response is less than what your post deserves but I don’t have time to make a theological debate at the time.

    I like being challenged though, and your post made me think.

  2. I echo what Andrea York has stated above. I will also add that as our society starts moving more and more away from God’s principles and mandates, the hand of protection is now slowly being removed. I personally believe that the only thing holding back God’s judgement are the prayers of the righteous and God’s infinite mercy. I also believe the USA’s support of Israel is a driving factor as well.

    We must realize that certain things must come to pass before the great tribulation. The one thing I will mention is- we will see peace in the middle-east for a short season. When this happens…get ready for the big-ride baby! It will be interesting!

    Great post…

    Blessings,

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