“This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day men will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other.” Zechariah 14:12-13
Okay, I admit, the first thing I thought was “zombie apocalypse.” Seriously, rotting flesh, attacking each other. This is total Walking Dead going on here. Now, I admit that I’ve never really seen many zombie movies. I do know from Ving Rhames that the only way to kill a zombie is to shoot it’s…uhm…something something head off. But rotting flesh? Eyes rotting? People fighting each other because of the rotting flesh? Dude! It’s both awesome and disturbing at the same time.
It’s totally awesome because with this whole pop culture thing about zombies, we can say “Hey look! We have proof that the zombies are eventually coming.” It’s awesome because many people geek out over this horror/sci-fi stuff.
But it’s also disturbing. This is in the Bible? I thought God was about love? I thought that God cared for all people? Why is he sending this disturbing stuff? And to tell the truth there are other disturbing things in the Bible. Many disturbing things that were even shown in the whole Bible miniseries on the History Channel back in March. Many people found the violence shown in the miniseries disturbing. The thing I kept saying was “that’s in there.”
Too many times we hear about these wonderful flowery stories in the children’s picture Bibles and in Sunday school. We don’t want to tell them about the prostitutes in the Bible, about a father about to sacrifice his son, about the sons of Jacob circumcising a whole village and then killing them all when their all healing. Yeah. Disturbing.
So, what about the Biblical zombie apocalypse then? It probably isn’t coming. To be honest, I don’t thing we’ll ever have a zombie apocalypse. That’s why it’s called sci-fi and fantasy. It’s not real. But the Bible is real. And this probably already happened out of judgement. And that’s a tough pill to swallow.
When we take the Bible for what it’s worth, it’s not a happy thing all the time. Yet we see things about God that are amazing. We hear that he is slow to anger and abounding in love. He is slow to become angry means a lot. He forgives sins when we come to him. He forgives when we ask for forgiveness. When we seek him we find him. And he is zealous for his people. He protects his people. He watches over his people. And he takes care of them.
In the end, you have to accept the sex and violence in the Bible. We are flawed people. We are cracked pots. We’re all not right. And the world is filled with sinful people. People who destroy. People who murder and kill. People who hurt others.
God has brought an answer to all of this and no it isn’t the zombie apocalypse. He has brought an answer to all the evilness, the murder and hurting. He brought Jesus. He brought Jesus as love. Love conquers all. And God, who is slow to anger and abounding in love brought the ultimate gift of love in Jesus to come and conquer all of this.
And there will be a day when all of this, all these problems, hurts and pains, will be no more. There will be a day when all of this will be made right, be made perfect. And there will be a day where we no longer have to fear, have to worry, have to struggle. There will be no more murder, no more killing, no more…the word here is sin.
And that will be a day much more awesome than any zombie apocalypse. It’s the anti zombie apocalypse. And it will be a day when Jesus comes again and all things will be made right. Some look towards the future, a future with zombies and death, with fear. I look towards the future with joy and hope, knowing that it will be the anti-zombie apocalypse happening.