- Who Am I?
- Why I'm Doing This
- Why get involved?
My name is Gene (Geno) Aptaker and I live in Knoxville TN. This is a picture of me and my nose.
I’ve been a believer in the Lord, Jesus since 1981, when I was twenty-eight. Yep, that means I’m an old geezer.
I came to realize my need for a savior, in November, 1981, while sitting in a jail cell in Denver, Colorado. I had spent the night drinking at a club and was caught, at three in the morning, driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Cops in those days were really observant and on-the-ball.
I won’t go into a long history of my craziness, but while sitting in jail that cold, gloomy night, I had a revolutionary thought:
“If there’s a God, I’d better find him. If there isn’t, I’m in big trouble… maybe even dead!”
Somehow, with that weird, so unlike-me thought, God was able… over the next year and the following years… to turn my life inside-out and upside-down. I’m not complaining, though.
Now, for a brief post-Jesus history:
I became a rabid Bible reader and searcher of genuine Christian truth. This, of course, got me into several levels of varying-temperature hot water, because I asked a lot of questions and wondered… often aloud… why the “church” looked and conducted itself so differently from the original and early body of Christ. I’ll leave it at that for the sake of brevity, and because I don’t want to come off as too crabby.
I had a rather long season of bouncing from church to church. Sometimes, I was actually bounced out by well-meaning pastors, seeking to protect the flock from a malcontent like me.
I’ve also had a total of six years of “missionary” work… in the Republic of Georgia, Viet Nam and Cambodia… although I don’t care for the word missionary. Some of those years were under a sending church… some were done on my own, but I will say this:
It was overseas where I truly learned what living and functioning as a genuine believer, within a functioning body, was all about, and this is something the Lord did for me in a sovereign way. It was not because of anything good or righteous in me.
If you’d like an example of what I’m talking about, you can read the post, The REAL Christian Life.
That’s the “About Me” for now. Please check out the two other sections on this page.
Why am I putting up a website and Blog called “Endtime Chaos”?
Well, it’s one or more of several reasons:
- Our world is, and is rapidly becoming more of a rotting, flaming mess, and masses of people are becoming scared/nervous/terrified or discombobulated.
- God’s people are not very aware of what is going on, or they’re too stressed and/or caught up with all kinds of other “stuff”, like living life.
- There is a tremendous need within the body of Christ for knowledge, understanding and unity.
- The church, by and large, is fairly clueless and is not functioning according to God’s design and purposes. We are frankly not the salt and light God has called us to be.
- People are departing from the church in record numbers.
- I’m crazy.
- All of the above.
So… I personally choose “all of the above”. What about you?
My desired purpose with this site is to offer useful, helpful content to help increase awareness, as well as the desire to see positive change, which can truly come only when God’s people are living and walking as He intends. Some of the content will be my own, and some will be from other sources.
I also want to establish a community, if that’s possible, where believers of all walks of life, wherever they may live, can connect, interact and maybe even love and help each other.
I’m also thinking about the possibility of having this site eventually help and support believers around the world who are actively engaged in serving the Lord, Jesus Christ. There are people doing this… they are just relatively few.
My hope is that many will catch a common vision and will want to get involved. Please see the “Why Get Involved?” section.
Why might you want to get involved with Endtime Chaos? Good question. Glad you asked.
Let me start by saying… “The USA and the world is devolving into chaos, confusion, fear and uncertainty, although many people are still blissfully unaware of what’s happening. How’s that for a start?
People are more angry and divided than ever, and it seems to be getting worse. There is major division along racial, political, age, class and religious lines.
We’re also more isolated than ever.
Let me ask you… Are you spending more and more time on Social Media? Do you have relationships of substance, especially with believers? Do you feel more isolated than in the past? I do.
Moving on… There is scandal and corruption at record levels in the media, government and the corporate world. Open borders are wreaking havoc. Practically every day, we are bombarded with more nonsense, scandal and “fake news”, and the news media is shaping public perception and opinion rather than reporting it.
Most importantly, in my view, the “church” is becoming more and more irrelevant and powerless. Christians barely have a voice or place in society any more, and what they do have to say is more often than not bland and without any real saltiness. Persecution is rising worldwide, although western Christians haven’t truly felt the impact, yet!
That’s my pitch. I’m choosing to be involved. What about you?