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Great Advice, Lousy Application
22 May 2011
Seeing that I'm writing this, and you're reading this, AFTER 21 May 2011, we can safely assume that "Judgment Day" did not come yesterday, as some were predicting. If they would have followed their own advice and read the Bible, they never would have made such ridiculous statements.
The advice on the billboard is great: "Read the Bible." So how is it that the very people who are recommending reading the Bible haven't read the Bible enough to know that it's impossible to predict the exact date that Yeshua (Jesus) will return? Yeshua Himself said so very plainly:
But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven's angels, not even the Son. Only the Father. So keep a sharp lookout, for you don't know the timetable. It's like a man who takes a trip, leaving home and putting his servants in charge, each assigned a task, and commanding the gatekeeper to stand watch. So, stay at your post, watching. You have no idea when the homeowner is returning, whether evening, midnight, cockcrow, or morning. You don't want him showing up unannounced, with you asleep on the job. I say it to you, and I'm saying it to all: Stay at your post. Keep watch. (Mark 13:32-37. See also Matthew 24:36-51.)There you have it — the words of the Master: NO ONE knows the exact day and hour, not even Yeshua Himself! (If it seems strange to you that Yeshua, being God, doesn't know when He will return, see Philippians 2:5-8, where it talks about Yeshua laying aside His privileges and powers of deity and becoming FULLY human.) If Yeshua says that NO ONE knows the exact day and hour, how can these so-called "prophets" say that 21 May 2011 is the exact day? The Apostle Paul wrote about them in Romans 1:22, Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools. Period. End of story.
If that were not enough, the Apostle Paul addresses this issue in one of his letters:
Now, friends, read these next words carefully. Slow down and don't go jumping to conclusions regarding the day when our Master, Jesus Christ, will come back and we assemble to welcome him. Don't let anyone shake you up or get you excited over some breathless report or rumored letter from me that the day of the Master's arrival has come and gone. Don't fall for any line like that.The only reason people believe such un-Biblical statements about the "end of the world" being on such-and-such day is their ignorance of what the Bible teaches, because once you look at it, the Bible is very clear about such things. That's why their advice is so great — read the Bible — but their application is so lousy and rotten — doomsday is on 21 May 2011.
Before that day comes, a couple of things have to happen. First, the Apostasy. Second, the debut of the Anarchist, a real dog of Satan. He'll defy and then take over every so-called god or altar. Having cleared away the opposition, he'll then set himself up in God's Temple as "God Almighty." Don't you remember me going over all this in detail when I was with you? Are your memories that short? (2 Thessalonians 2:1-5)
It's interesting to note that when I just went to the Web site of the main perpetrators of this false report, FamilyRadio.com, it was totally unavailable. Maybe they cancelled their Web site hosting, thinking that they would no longer be around. Or, more likely, they are too embarrassed by their lying words to show their face to the world.
Because these stupid predictions never come to pass, it's very tempting to grow cynical and doubting. When so-called "prophets" falsely "cry wolf" enough times, people are not going to believe it when the wolf really does come. And there's no doubt that the wolf really will come — we can read that in the previous passage from 2 Thessalonians. That wolf, also known as the Antichrist, is most certainly coming. And Yeshua Himself, after the Antichrist has had his day in the sun, will most certainly come back — again, the Bible is very clear on these matters.
So just because false prophets are muddying the waters, don't give in to cynicism and doubt, as the Apostle Peter warns us:
First off, you need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday. Reducing everything to the level of their puny feelings, they'll mock, "So what's happened to the promise of His Coming? Our ancestors are dead and buried, and everything's going on just as it has from the first day of creation. Nothing's changed."
They conveniently forget that long ago all the galaxies and this very planet were brought into existence out of watery chaos by God's word. Then God's word brought the chaos back in a flood that destroyed the world. The current galaxies and earth are fuel for the final fire. God is poised, ready to speak His word again, ready to give the signal for the judgment and destruction of the desecrating skeptics.
Don't overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn't late with His promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining Himself on account of you, holding back the End because He doesn't want anyone lost. He's giving everyone space and time to change.
But when the Day of God's Judgment does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief. The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all its works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgment.
Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day — but we'll hardly notice. We'll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.
So, my dear friends, since this is what you have to look forward to, do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace. Interpret our Master's patient restraint for what it is: salvation. Our good brother Paul, who was given much wisdom in these matters, refers to this in all his letters, and has written you essentially the same thing. Some things Paul writes are difficult to understand. Irresponsible people who don't know what they are talking about twist them every which way. They do it to the rest of the Scriptures, too, destroying themselves as they do it.
But you, friends, are well-warned. Be on guard lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet by these lawless and loose-talking teachers. Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ. Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes! (2 Peter 3:3-18)
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