Of No Theological Significance
There has been a flurry of activity in the last 7 weeks among end-times-oriented Christians in connection with the Israel Hamas war. But may all Lutherans understand that this war has nothing to do with the Bible, Bible prophecy, the End of the World, or the Return of Christ for Judgment.
Though regretful and miserable ("war is hell"), and though every good person prays for a just end, no significance can be attached to this war as far as Christian theology is concerned. Here is the Lutheran teaching on the Return of Christ for Jugdment.
In this article Lutherans flatly reject dispensationalism, millennialism, the rapture, the tribulation and all associated teachings.
That said we must recognize that this theology does have a strong following among Pentecostals, Evangelicals and other Fundamentalists. And that their teachings also reach the ears of Lutherans and hold a certain intrigue for them, too. And so this reminder.
Moreover "end time" theology generates a great deal of income for its leadership, their employees and vendors; and so it is not likely going to go away soon. Funds come from the numerous books written on the subject. From prophecy conferences held all over the world and well attended by the faithful. From formal courses taught for tuition. And from merchandising of end times T-shirts, jewelry, bling, etc.
Based on the teachings of Scripture Lutherans conclude that such end-time deductions result from faulty understanding and teaching of Scripture. Lutherans hold that the Return of Christ will come as a surprise. Like a thief in the night. At that time the final judgment detailed in Matthew 25:31-46 will occur. Then the events of 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 will also transpire in a world without end. Amen.