And IT CAME TO PASS…..
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents
the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.
And IT CAME TO PASS….. Have you ever thought about the sheer number of times these 5 words appear in the Bible? The Mormon faith takes it on the chin all the time because of the number of times it is used in the text of that faith. Even Mark Twain commented about these 5 words in his semi-autobiographical book of travel entitled, “Roughing It”, which he published in 1872. This is the tongue-in-cheek paragraph he wrote in Chapter 16:
The author labored to give his words and phrases the quaint, old-fashioned sound
and structure of our King James’s translation of the Scriptures…. Whenever he
found his speech growing too modern — which was about every sentence or two —
he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as “exceeding sore,” “and it came to
pass,” etc., and made things satisfactory again. “And it came to pass” was his
pet. If he had left that out, his Bible would have been only a pamphlet.
For those of us who read and follow God’s text in the Bible, we may or may not see those words. It all depends on the Bible you are using. For instance, those 5 words are not used in just that way in the New American Standard Bible at all. The same can not be said of the King James Bible! And seeing those 5 words included in KJV texts makes perfect sense to me because so much of what we read, especially those appearing in the Old Testament, are words given to us by the prophets, including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Methuselah, Noah, Shem, Moses, Joshua and Jethro, to name but a handful. And so, as later men of faith bore witness to the visions that were given coming to pass, so was this passed on to us in the spoken or written accounts and these 5 words flourished!
If you read the King James Bible, you will find this phrase hundreds of times (some Biblical scholars say over 1500, others say just under 500), beginning in Genesis 4:3 – “And in process of time IT CAME TO PASS, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD” to Thessalonians 3:4 – “For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as IT CAME TO PASS, and ye know…” and finally transforming in Revelations 1:1 – “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly COME TO PASS; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John…” where the things that are coming to pass are given to us as what is imminent to mankind!
I believe the fact that these words IT CAME TO PASS appear as often as they do is intended as a reminder that just as so much that was foretold has happened, we must not dismiss the things that the Bible tells us will happen, but have not yet occurred. They are meant to serve as a wake-up call to man that there is no time like to present to make things right between each heart and God, for just as surely as He sees the color of our skin and of our eyes, so does He know the character of our soul and the content of our hearts! And while it is my fervent hope that the ending of times will occur a thousand, nay, a hundred thousand years from now, make no mistake. It WILL come! And even if we do not bear witness to the ending of times, our very time which we walk the earth will end. And I, for one, want to know that my ticket to pass through the pearly gates and to spend eternity with Him is stamped, APPROVED!
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