Please STOP it! I hear this nonsense every year at this time. People take end times prophecy into their own hands, and tell folks that it will all happen in the next 30, 60 or 90 days. No one appreciates the Biblical study of eschatology (end times prophecy) more than I, but the Bible affords absolutely no wiggle room or formula for date setters. I teach in a local Bible Institute, and an occasional student will tell me that there is no need to plan on a final exam because the church will be gone by the time the test is due. (Wishful thinking?) Guess what? They all took their final test. Misguided folks will often align the rapture with the Day of Atonement or with the date(s) of one of the Jewish feasts from the book of Leviticus in late summer and early fall. A few years ago, people had an erroneous fixation on the Mayan calendar. More recently, Pope Francis has been the perceived centerpiece for the revelation of end times prophecy. There is a new flavor(s) every year. Nearly EVERYONE missed the date of Jesus’ first coming except for Mary and Joseph and a handful of their relatives and friends. A few shepherds received an announcement via an angelic visit, and the wise men came a year later. Goodness gracious, to this day we do not know Jesus’ birth date in Bethlehem. In reference to His soon return, the Bible warns us to always be ready and do NOT set dates:
Matthew 24:36 New King James Version (NKJV)
No One Knows the Day or Hour
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
…And then there are those who CONTINUALLY tell us that in the next 60 to 90 days, the dollar will crash and global currency will take its’ place, Marshall Law will be declared, there will never be another president, get your survival food, guns and ammunition, a well for water, gold and a generator, and you had better be ready to meet the Lord because you have one quarter of a year to do so. These dates are set time after time after time after time… One does not win souls to Christ through panic! Telling people “They better get right with the Lord, because it is all coming down the pike in the next three weeks,” looks very foolish after twenty two days. People are convicted of their sins and realize their need of a Savior by the Holy Spirit, not through threats. Perhaps one ought to direct their focus on God through prayer for our nation and world, rather than continually pressing the panic button. As a pastor for well over three decades, I have noticed that the Chicken Littles who are always screaming “The sky is falling,” are never in prayer meeting. This speaks volumes about their focus and priorities. “Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.” ~E.M. Bounds
Focusing on “doomsday,” instead of striking a spiritual chord about salvation with people, often makes Christians appear fanatical. Events are lining up that could enable the New World Order (NWO), but we do not know what God is going to do. He may send us a windswept, nation wide revival, reminiscent of the “Jesus movement,” from the 1960’s and 1970’s. I pray He does. Prophecy is indeed exciting to study and to learn, especially as we realize the Lord’s return is immanent. But there must be a healthy balance in our walk, and a realization that God is in charge over everything. Trying to figure out truths known only to God is a deep pit where many people have fallen. What is your source for spiritual truth, wisdom and understanding? The Bible or the internet? If you desire to be a soul winner, it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
When I was six years old, my father shared with me one of the most precious stories that I have ever heard, and I remember him telling me like it was yesterday. It was the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” I always remember the people who erroneously set dates that only God is aware of. …And when they are wrong, do they display contrition? Hardly. They often “keep crying wolf,” and set another date. The quintessential poster boy of date setters, doomsday prophet Harold Camping comes to mind. Enough said.
In His Service, Pastor Steve
Pray For Revival In America!