The end-times predictions continue

Harold Camping was wrong; the rapture did not occur on May 21, 2011. As shown in the graphic, the Rapture countdown on www.wecanknow.com is down to 0 months 0 days, and 200,000,000 Christians did not mysteriously disappear from the planet. A few, however, were quite a bit poorer after spending money on Rapture billboards and other advertising.

This hasn’t stopped the Hal Lindsey/Left Behind crowd from continuing with their prognostications. I took a look at World Net Daily (your Christian source for wild conspiracy theories) tonight, and one of their headlines reads Savage: Bible shows what’s next for Israel.

“Ezekiel is predictive of what’s going to happen,” Savage said as he read from the Hebrew scriptures on the air. “There will be a war.”

I have no doubt that war is a real possibility in any given year or decade in that part of the world, but that doesn’t mean that Ezekiel is speaking directly about this or that 20th/21st century conflict. I also have no doubt that Christ is coming again and that the Bible speaks about that glorious (or disastrous, depending on where one stands before God) event. But I am rather weary of the whole end-times pick-a-date and pin-the-tail-on-the-antichrist game. It is wrong when Camping predicts a time table, and it is wrong when the Bible prophecy “experts” predict a time table.

Grace and Peace

Harold Camping, the return of Christ, and my plans for May 22nd

Jesus: “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son,  but the Father only.” (Matthew 24:36 ESV)

Harold Camping of Family Radio: The Rapture will be on May 21, 2011 (The “rapture” is the idea that Jesus will take his Church off the Earth before judging the world).

I’ll go with Jesus’ teaching over Camping’s.

Christ is coming; I don’t know when. It could be May 21st. It could be 100 years from now. It could be 5000 years from now. Jesus didn’t claim to know. I don’t know. Harold Camping doesn’t know.

I’m planning on going to church on Sunday, May 22nd. The message will be from the book of Job, and knowing my pastor, it will point people to Christ as the Righteous One who suffered on my behalf.

Beyond May 22nd, I’m planning on continuing to write, teach, serve, pray, and love others. I’m planning on dying some day. Unless Jesus comes first.

Grace and Peace

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From Albert Mohler: The End is Near? The False Teaching of Harold Camping

If you know the Bible and this statement [from Camping] confuses you, you are in good company.

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Camping’s mathematical formula “involves, among other things, the dates of floods, the signals of numbers in the Bible, multiplication, addition and subtraction thereof.” As many have noted, the math seems to make sense only to Harold Camping.

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Christians are indeed to be looking for Christ to return and seeking to be found faithful when Christ comes. We are not to draw a line in history and set a date, but we are to be about the Father’s business, sharing the Gospel and living faithful Christian lives. We are not to sit on rooftops like the Millerites, waiting for Christ’s return. We are to be busy doing what Christ has commanded us to do.

From Cyberbrethren: Will the World End on May 31? Maybe. Remain Calm, Don’t Panic. Here’s Why.

We’ve all been hearing about the predictions being made by Harold Camping, a serial liar and deceiver, who has pulled the same stunt before, announcing that the end of the world will occur on such-and-such a date. He’s doing it again. This time he says the rapture will take place on May 21 and then, this October, the world will finally end. He is a liar. He is a false prophet.

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As the end of the world draws closer, each day the Lord gives us is one more day to serve Him and to be a part of the great effort to proclaim the Gospel. This is the great mission Christ has given His church: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). Our Lord promises to be with us until the end of the world (Matt. 28:20), as we continue to tell the good news about Jesus (Acts 8:35).

Finally, our Lord wants us to be watchful for His coming. We have the assurance that because of His death and resurrection for us, we have the full and free forgiveness of our sins. We may not know all the details about the end of the world, but we do not need to be anxious about them. Nor should we get all caught up in speculation about the end times. We live in the great period of the “now” and the “not yet.” We have salvation in Christ right now. But we do not yet have the final blessing of our salvation: life forever with the Lord in heaven.

Around the web 12/3/2010

A few items of interest (to me at least):

Ark Encounter — Answers in Genesis is planning a $150 million Noah’s Ark tourist attraction in northern Kentucky, complete with a full-scale Noah’s Ark. Local businesses and politicians (the governor of Kentucky was at the announcement) will love this, as it will likely bring in a large amount of cash to the area. Young-Earth creationist Todd Wood commented: “What do I think? Personally, I don’t really care. I can easily think of dozens hundreds thousands of more important projects to spend $150 million on, but it’s not my money.”

King James Bible UK commemorative coin — The United Kingdom will issue a 2-pound circulating coin in 2011 commemorating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version of the Bible. The text on the coin is from John 1:1 — “In the beginning was the Word.” HT: World Coin News

Another date-setter to completely ignore — In regards to his future return to Earth, Jesus said, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (Matt 24:36 ESV). Harold Camping and Family Radio, however, know better than Jesus. According to wecanknow.com, “the date of the rapture of believers will take place on May 21, 2011” and “God will destroy this world on October 21, 2011.” Camping teaches that all churches are apostate and that people should leave their churches and listen to his radio stations instead. Goofy. Cultic.

Bonhoeffer at FoxNews.com — Excerpts from two chapters of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas are available from FoxNews.com. The chapters are entitled “Nazi Theology” and “The End of Germany.”  Good reading.

EPA at 40 — The Evangelical Ecologist writes about the EPA at Middle Age – How’s Our Biggest Baby Boomer Doing?

At its worse, EPA has the potential to become the upper left hook of the socialist nanny state.

And I hope she and her successors succeed. Because when EPA’s at its best – when its rules are crafted and enforced and moderated in the open and in full dialogue with industry and our elected representatives – the Agency is an enabler for enormously positive change.

Students’ religious freedomMontana Valedictorian Wins Religious Free Speech Case

In 2008, Butte High School officials required Renee Griffith and other outstanding students to turn in their speeches for review prior to graduation. The Court assessed Griffith’s rights were violated when school administrators told Griffith she couldn’t mention God or Jesus in her valedictorian speech.

She refused to make the changes, was prohibited from giving her speech, and was in fact barred from participating at all in her graduation ceremony.

On Nov. 29, the Montana Supreme Court confirmed Griffith had the right to mention her God under both the U.S. and Montana constitutions.

Grace and Peace