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May 21, 2011 - Matthew 24:36-39

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Will the rapture of believers or the end of the world take place on May 21, 2011?

Harold Camping on WeCanKnow.com makes these claims:

Should Christians be looking for the return of the Lord Jesus?

We have the testimony of the Lord Jesus Himself. In telling the Disciples of His upcoming death He gave them the promise that He would come back for them - John 14:1-3

 

At His ascension we have the testimony of angels telling the eleven that as he left into the sky he will return from the sky - Acts 1:9-11

 

We are directly instructed to be looking for, or being ready for, his return - Titus 2:11-14

 

Based on this information, the answer to this question is yes!

 

 

Can we know when He will return for His Church and should we be proclaiming a date in warning?

 

Let's look and see two questions in Matthew 24:1-4

 

We also have the parable of the ten virgins - Matthew 25:1-13

 

The Bible says that we cannot know the time He will return. 

Therefore, we cannot set a date and presume to speak for God, or speak contrary to His word.

 

What lead Harold Camping to make this pronouncement?

 

Pride?

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall" - Proverbs 16:18

"...the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." - 1 John 2:16

 

The desire for some new thing?

Like those in Athens who were too superstitious or too religious and needed to be taught by Paul - Acts 17:21

 

We can't truly know what lead him to make this announcement

"For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." - 1 Corinthians 2:11

 

We may not know his mind, but we can examine the expected result of the message...

 


 

The Specific Message of May 21, 2011 is really not important - it is not about the date

 

Let's look at the result of this announcement

 

Harold Camping and his message and followers are getting press in front of the world

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Camping:

Harold Camping, claiming to use math from the Bible, to set May 11, 2011 as the date for the return of Christ. Despite the fact that he made a similar prediction about September 1994 in book 1994?, many are now proclaiming this new date as the end of the world.

 

In addition to the paid publicity by those who believe this proclamation, this doomsday date is being reported in major media such as:

 

The common theme of these stories is that this doomsday date is a Christian message based on the Bible.

 

This view of the world that this is a "Christian" message is the main concern.

How will the faith of devout followers of this doctrine fair?

Will they lose all faith in Bible teaching because this claimed Bible date did not happen?

 

How do we expect these same news outlets to report on May 22, 2011?

 

How much will the world mock and dismiss God's word when this non-biblical date comes and goes?

 

A near truth is a lie, and the devil does his best work using the lies and misleading doctrines of denominations.

"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made." - Genesis 3:1

Satan "...is a liar and the father of lies" - John 8:44

 

We need to be ready to respond with Bible truth.

Jesus Himself will keep His Word and come back for us personally, but without warning:

 

Jesus is coming again, we just don't know when!

 

Jesus could come today.  If He did, what condition would He find you in?

Have you accepted God's Salvation:

 

Are you faithfully walking in the light to stay in Him? - 1 John 1:7

 

If you need to fix your relationship with God and desire to restore your relationship with Him, please respond now.

 

Accept the truth and let God change your life today.

 

-- Zachary Van Tassel, May 11, 2011 --

 


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