16 May 2011

5 Days and Counting...

I have to apologize for my lack of posts last week, but with Judgment Day right around the corner, I had to take some time to get my affairs in order. Now that the matter of my finances and personal belongings have all been addressed, I can get back to blogging, although apparently only for a short time.

In the rare chance that you may not have heard, Harold Camping has definitively (and wrongfully and heretically) declared that May 21, 2011 will be the end of the world. So you better get ready, because we know how reliable all this date setting can be! Never mind the fact that Camping already predicted that the world would end back in 1994, this time I'm sure he double-checked his math to make sure he was right! And if he is wrong again (which he will be), then perhaps his followers will finally realize that the words spoken by the Lord about false prophets is true:
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.(Deuteronomy 18:20-22)
Honestly, I wish date setters would just keep their mystical math and numerology to themselves. After all, when someone declares that Jesus will return on a specific day, we can be certain that He then will not return on that day. I don't know about you, but I truly am ready and anxiously waiting for Christ to come for His Church, and all of these false prophecies are getting in the way! It's true that no one knows the day or the hour of Christ's return (Matt. 24:36), yet it is just as true that we can be aware of the season (Matt. 24:32-35) and so we must be ready. Though we are clearly living in a time when His return is very near, we still do not know how much longer God's patience will endure. It could be 6 months, it could be 60 years. In the meantime, Christians should be about His business, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and living ourselves in a manner worthy of our calling.

Over the next week, I think we ought also to be praying for those who follow and believe Harold Camping. Next Sunday, on May 22, they will be hopelessly wandering as they realize that their leader has led them into a lie. Camping is a false prophet, claiming to speak for God and offering a weak and powerless gospel to those who follow him. Please pray that those who have been deceived by him would have their eyes opened to the TRUE and living Gospel of Jesus Christ.

SEE ALSO:
The Dangers of Subjectivism
The End is Near? The False Teaching of Harold Camping (article by Al Mohler)

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