First and Last
Next year will be the 30th anniversary of my graduation from high school. My class and I were among the last of those who grew up in the 80’s. We were also among the first of those who came of age in the 90’s.
The first of the 90’s and the last of the 80’s.
Led Zeppelin formed in 1968, the year I was born. They went to become one of the most successful bands of the 70’s and of all time. They transcended the genre they are labeled as. They were the biggest band in the world at one time. They were also thought of as the last band of the 60’s and the first band of the 70’s.
The first of the 70’s and the last of the 60’s.
I’ve been listening to a podcast from Hardcore History called Blueprint for Armageddon. In five episodes and nearly 20 hours time, Dan Carlin details the history of World War I. When the French entered the war, it would have been difficult to distinguish them from Napoleon’s armies. By the end of the war, tanks were being used. World War I might rightly be called the last war of the 19th century and the first of the 20th.
The first of the 20th Century and the last of the 19th.
Just over two thousand years ago a group of misfits began following an itinerant preacher around Israel. He was unlike anyone they had ever heard before. They were among the last who followed Judaism before Christ and the first who simply followed Christ.
The first who followed Christ and the last who followed Judaism before Him.
A bit later one of those early followers was stuck on a rock called Patmos. He was in the Spirit one Sunday and saw His Lord again. Christ spoke to John and gave him a vision. One thing sticks out that Jesus said to His beloved disciple.
“I am the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.