The late Harold Camping was wrong again as we here said he would be, but there are many other date setters like He was. May we be reminded of the scripture that speaks to this type of thing precisely.
We all know of the times in scripture where Jesus said no one can know the day or hour of his return such as Matthew 24:36, and we know of others such as Matthew 24:33, "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors", telling us we know the general time frame. To some these two passages may seem contradictory, but we know they are not. Like other scriptural truth, they form a bigger more complete picture, because all scriptural truth is line upon line and precept upon precept.
But possibly more important than these, because of the times we are witnessing, is Luke 21:8, where Jesus said, "Be careful so you are not fooled. Many people will come in my name, saying, 'I am the One' and, 'The time has come!' But don't follow them".
This speaks of the date setters specifically. And what did Jesus tell us to do when someone tells us "the time has come" He said: Don't follow them! Jesus was pretty clear here, don't you think?
I don't think it's a problem saying we think Jesus may come in the spring or the fall of a particular year, even this year, as I also think he is likely to be coming this year, but naming the day we think Jesus may be coming and or saying "the bible guarantees it", as Camping said, puts us above Jesus and we can't do this.
Also if the day comes and goes, how many who may be weaker in the faith, will lose their faith altogether? Don't we also have at least some responsibility to being the keepers of the integrity of the Kingdom?
What persecution and level of scoffing will now come to Christians after a date has come and gone? Or might the world become even more hard and cold to the Gospel in general along with the scoffers voice growing louder. This seems likely.
But also this passage in Luke 21:8 is also telling us to look for Jesus by following the signs in scripture, not the signs that some are telling us are signs, but the clear signs that are easy to identify. We don't need to be following men, no matter how sincere they may seem. We only need the spirit of truth, scripture and Jesus.
If Jesus were here in the flesh right now do we actually think he would be alright with some who try and defy his own words, which tell us no one can know the day? He can't know the day, but Joe Shmo can? I know that some want to think that Jesus probably knows the day now that he is in heaven, but there is no scriptural proof of even that.
We were told by the way to calculate the number of the beast, which is a man in Revelation 13:18, but does that also extend to the Rapture? I don't think so. In fact we don't see anywhere in scripture to also calculate the date of the Rapture, instead it's just the opposite.
Jesus gave detailed accounts of what would be happening before he Raptures his followers, but he didn't know the day? Yes that's right, because he said so. And it appears Jesus was okay with trusting his father with that information.
He also said in Acts 1:8, when his followers again asked him if he would give the kingdom back to Israel at that time, that they could not know that either, because the father set those dates as well.
Do you think Jesus was okay with this? Of course he was, complete trust that when the time was right he Jesus would also find out these things, but until he did or does, it appears Jesus was and probably is okay with not knowing the exact day himself. So why can't we be okay with this?
Finally, look at the signs and the culmination of all of them with increase as the sign that Jesus is at the door, not a specific date. The Four Blood moon tetrads starting this April 15, 2014, are certainly one of the strongest signs we can point to, to say something big is coming and something major is gong to happen to Israel at the very least on that day. But what else that day will hold will be a mystery until it happens. Jesus could have also come in between the first blood moon in 2014 and the last one in 2015, but what cant keep going, is the status quo, because of the CONVERGENCE of all the end times signs right under our noses.
This writer for one, while I would not predict the day or hour of Jesus rapturing his ready church, do believe with great certainty as never before that the last great tribulation will likely commence sometime in 2018 because we are certainly the last generation, and we are now in the season and Jesus is certainly at the door step finally. Many new signs are pointing to a fall feast of Trumpets type of Rapture event this 2018. This will all begin the last great tribulation, along with the breaking of the sixth seal. So we are to know the season AND to know that he is almost here, but exact day? Never. However, not knowing the season may prove to be dangerous to many who will in fact be caught off guard. The feast of trumpets, which have no exact start date may be just the ticket To those who have been waiting and looking for Jesus soon return for so long.
Even so Lord, come quickly.
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