…has nothing to do with knowing who the antichrist will be, nor with knowing exactly when Christ will return. Nor is it about knowing exactly how much toilet paper and canned goods to store up in advance of The Great Tribulation, although I might want to know your address should you have that figured out and be prepared. Instead, it is about looking at this life and world through the lenses of the one which is to come, when “the lion shall lie down with the lamb” and people “of every tribe, tongue and nation” will be gathered around the throne of the Lamb in peace and in worship. That makes of Epiphany, the celebration of the visit of the magii to the Christ child (Matthew 2: 1-12), a picture of Apocalyptic Wisdom. They were “wise men” in more ways than one, in spite of their confusing eastern astrology with Hebrew prophecy. For an apocalyptic interpretation of Epiphany, check out Emmanuel Mennonite’s Epiphany Day message (January 4, 2009) at



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