There really is so much I could write about today. The death of Osama bin Laden and capture of much of the intelligence material in his abode reveals even more threats he was plotting against the US. In addition, it reveals the rank hypocrisy of someone who heartily derided the US for its sins, all the while he was engaging in the same type of behavior he was deriding by downloading porn onto his computer. And what about the hypocrisy of the US? After all, bin Laden was our Frankenstein monster, trained by secret operatives and given weapons while he combatted the Soviets. Not only is there unrest in Pakistan over what appeared to be unilateral action on their turf, but there is great unrest in the Middle East overall with Egypt’s overturn in government and other dictators barely hanging onto power. What about the sudden death of animals and birds – birds in mid-flight at that? What of the occasional stories about asteroids and comets that might smash into the earth? Then, there are numerous reports of earthquakes, floods and ironically simultaneous drought.
Must be the end of the world.
And, why not, right? After all, the Mayan calendar runs out on 21 December 2012. This seems to correspond to a prediction by Nostradamus as well. It seems that there is a common anxiety that things are getting ready to heat up.
Although, Harold Camping at Family Radio Worldwide predicts we don’t have that much time and that Judgment Day will occur on 21 May 2011. That’s less than a week away, so you’d better get your ducks in order! Or, so he would have you believe.
The timeline of history is God’s predetermined timetable for the unfolding of God’s Gospel program for this world. In other words the length of time between the day God created this world in 11,013 B.C. and the day he will destroy it in October 21, 2011.
The discovery of this information built the foundation for what God would later reveal from the Bible as the date for the end.
Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 is the culmination of five decades of intensive biblical study by Mr. Camping and other bible teachers who have discovered the same biblical data.
Last night on the news, a story ran about one person who believes Camping so much that he used up his life’s savings to advertise it on billboards.
Ronald Weinland doesn’t predict the end in May 2011, but he did state that 2 April was the “end of four cycles of ‘half-a-time’ in the period of ‘time, times and half-a-time’”. If that statement doesn’t make your head hurt, I don’t know what will. So, there are “only three more periods of ‘half-a-time’” which in English means 1-1/2 years (assuming he hasn’t redefined it by now).
Of course, I’m still trying to figure out where the Tribulation is occurring. As bad as things are, it’s nothing like what I read about in the Book of Revelation.
James Malm teaches that everyone else is wrong and Jesus will return on “the sixth day of Unleavends (sic) 2015”. So, by his reckoning, the Abomination of Desolation will be set up 28 Sep 2011. Of course, his entire timeline is faulty, and COGWriter Bob Thiel has pointed this out to him numerous times. Even though Malm claims “These are only POSSIBILITIES”, one has to wonder why he would bother setting dates at all unless he were trying to establish some sort of superior knowledge about Scripture. Instead, he will show how wrong he is and how far off-track he has become in his understanding of the Bible.
William Dankenbring teaches that we have been given “additional time to repent” and Jesus won’t return until 2017.
Not everyone buys into these theories, obviously, but one businessman has discovered that selling survival bunkers can be profitable.
When you have a question, where do you go? If you really want to know something, who do you see? Don’t you go to the source? What does Jesus say about His return?
1. It will be obvious.
25Behold, I have told you before.
26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
2. The date and hour are not known to men or angels.
3. It will take "you" by surprise.
“Ye” refers to the plural “you”. In other words, He will return in an hour that “none of you” think!
How many times did Jesus tell His disciples to be ready? To not be deceived when people said “Here He is” or “There He is”? After His resurrection, did He not tell them all His disciples “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons”?
When will Christ return? When Christ returns. The important thing is that we must be ready before He returns. The day of His return is too late!