Advent lectionary readings, both Old and New Testament, and the surrounding texts, include stories of an apocalyptic nature – national collapse natural disaster (Isaiah 28-33), final judgement (Matthew 25). So, I’m watching Doomsday Preppers to imagine some other points of view.
Most of the folks presented in the series do not mention their theological perspectives. The issues are more geopolitical or natural disasters. But then, the issues described by Isaiah are also geopolitical and natural. The theological argument made is that God works through these events to bring Israel back into faithful relationship. Assyria and Babylon are portrayed as tools of God for correction and judgment, regardless of what they think their own purposes may be.
The hope of Advent is that God is also coming (has come?) to redeem and restore. In Isaiah 44:28 ff Cyrus is portrayed as God’s vehicle of redemption, again without Cyrus necessarily recognizing that he is colluding with YHWH.
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