Someone linked to me a pretty good description of the case built for the perceived Judgment Day, that we're all hopeful for, in a few days. May 21,2011 to be exact.
Now the thought of it does, I will admit, get me giddy as a school girl inside. To rationally believe it will happen? I cannot trust it. The Bible says not to. Way too much has to happen, as described in the Bible, that yet has come to fruition.
Gulp, I just said this as Obama was speaking about Israel today. Yikes! (More on that in a moment)
Don't get me wrong I am one to believe the winding clock is losing its spring tension and that stopping moment is very near. All evidence points to it. It will be abrupt and sudden but not in a few days. We all can feel the apocalyptic times we are currently in though. If you don't feel it winding down, then you're in denial.
I believe its merely a money thing. It makes a great story to sell. What else can it be? A Cure for Cancer will not even hit the media headlines, if money is not involved! Its all for money, the love of which is the root of ALL evil.
Fill the pews for a few days? Fill the collection plates? Why? What happens on May 22nd? Empty pews again. We should NEVER want to merely fill the pews or go after the quick buck in book sales. We seek to get soundly saved Christians, for all eternity, no matter when Christ comes. The urgency is there, but an exact date? Dangerous and pointless.
The Bible is clear that NO MAN, or angel, will know that exact date when Christ comes. Period. How do we KNOW this?
Because Christ Himself said so. (Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32) Even He did not know at the time He was here performing miracles and offering Himself to save all of mankind. So if Christ Himself at the time didn't know, then I am confident that no one else does. No one is above Christ. That is what people are trying to do here. Its wrong to think you're above our Lord, in knowledge or anything, that is for sure.
But, in that same breath, as Matthew 24:33 is clear about, Jesus said we all WILL KNOW when that time is near. Just not the day and hour.
What about all these Atheists wringing their fists? Are we not here to be good stewards and witnesses to God's kingdom? Why set dates then?
If the Bible says that we will be mocked with "There is peace and security," It certainly does not describe these days here today. I can see that happening after 2012 though. Imagine in 2013 everyone being mocked, especially by the Atheists, with "Where's all the destruction? Where are all the wars?" "There is peace and security now, not the end of times *pshaw" I do see that. I am not predicting anything though. I merely am postulating a point.
Dude! "The status quo is unsustainable," Obama just said today. "A lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples."
Maybe, I spoke too soon. What is going on here? Is this President trying to end the world by mocking God today? God was pretty clear when He gave the land to His chosen.
"for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever." ~Genesis 13:15 (ESV)
"Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?" ~2 Chronicles 20:7 (ESV)
God was clear that this was their land and that whoever divides it will perish.
"I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land," "Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision." ~Joel 3:2,14
RUN!!! Go get into your makeshift caves and disaster shelters! RUN!! Sell it all!
Wait a minute!
"The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?" ~Revelation 6:14-17
Never mind, go about your day. The future is not avoidable.
Trusting in Christ, thus evidence of repentance, is indeed your ONLY hope. Beg if necessary for that gift. Psalms 51:17, 2 Timothy 2:25
I am going to make some lemonade, or sun tea, and enjoy the days.