2012: Year of Foolish Predictions


2012 with its End-of-the-World prophecies based on the Mayan Calendar looks set to be the “Year of Predictions” in the Church as well.

Excitement is growing about the Coming of the Lord. This is no surprise but unfortunately has led to a rash of foolish date-setting that only heaps ridicule on Christians in general.

It also teaches the world not to listen when Christians speak about the Endtimes. We have “cried wolf” once too often.

It’s one thing to be laughed at for believing that Jesus Christ will return to the earth, or that sin will be judged, but quite another to draw public attention to the Church’s mistakes by going public with “one-hundred-percent-certainty-dates” on which supposedly the Church will be raptured and/or the Tribulation will start.

And it’s one thing to study the endtimes scripture and gain an overall understanding of the “times and seasons” but another to go public with one specific day on which these things “must” happen.

Harold Camping has been the worst offender, with his massive media campaign both in May and October 2011. After the October date failed to materialise, Camping went quiet and there are reports that he will not be leading Family Radio any more. He continues to post to his website regardless, with lame excuses that defy belief.

Excuse number one:  God let it happen

The damage Camping has done to our credibility is huge. But in his website posts he appears to be blaming God instead of himself:

“Why didn’t Christ return on October 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio. But God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible. He allowed everything to happen the way it did without correction. He could have stopped everything if He had wanted to. (10/28/2011)

Excuse number two:  change of plan

“ When God did not bring about the end of the world  as we had been thinking it would happen, we know that it’s God’s plan and we don’t argue with God. We’re not angry with God; we’re not unhappy with God. We simply say, ‘Oh, Lord, we misunderstood somehow, or You  changed Your plan, or whatever’…” …..now, at the last  moment, God has come and said, “No. No, it’s not the end. I still have some other plans.” (11/8/2011)

Excuse number three:  God used a Lie

So, God changed his mind and now has “other plans” – but what are these plans? It seems that God tricked Family Radio into broadcasting a lie in order to bring people’s attention to the bible:

“… maybe God is not finished with bringing salvation to the world… Now by God’s  mercy through the actions of Family Radio… the whole world has heard about the  Bible. … God now is ready for the next action based on that kind of information” (11/8/2011)

The only real truth is that Harold Camping was WRONG in his calculations and predicted a specific day for the Rapture incorrectly. This foolishness leads to the ultimate “egg-on-face” moment that others have experienced before and since.

Other False Predictions

There have been two quite high-profile predictions recently circulating the Net that claimed to be completely one-hundred-percent confirmed, not only by bible calculations but by everyday events like car number-plates and electricity blackouts.  Such coincidences and seeming portents can appear conclusive but the devil can organise events to bolster a false prediction.

The Internet is awash with predictions for 2012. The world in general is ignorant of the bible and thinks that the “End of the World” is one terrible catastrophe followed by Judgement (or whatever). Little do they know that, if anything, 2012 is the beginning, not the end!

However, it’s disturbing when Christians follow the same 2012 prophecies.  They are based on various interpretations of a pagan calendar, and that in itself is only about the “end of a cycle” and not global devastation.

Just as in the time before the first Coming of the Lord, there is increased interest and speculation, and Jesus said delusions such as “He is in the inner room” or “He is in the desert” would arise before the actual day.

Matt 24:23-27 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert !’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

There’s nothing wrong with being excited about the Day, nor in trying to grasp the meaning of prophecy in the bible, but when it spills over into setting one specific date it’s gone too far.

I happen to believe we – as Christ’s Body – will know more and more clearly when the Lord is about to return for us. We will sense it by the Holy Spirit as well as getting much more clear revelation on the scriptures. These two gifts from God – the written word and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – are all we need to KNOW the times and seasons.

Only the UNWARY and UNBELIEVING will miss what God is saying, which is why Jesus warned us all to WATCH!

Rev 3:2-4 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch , I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you

1 Thess 5:5-7 We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.

Mark 13:34-37 It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch .Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming — in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning — lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch !”

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  1. [Hello, Birthpangs. Saw this item on the net. Also Google “More Facts About Margaret Macdonald.” Reactions, anyone?]

    PRETRIB RAPTURE SECRETS

    How can the “rapture” be “imminent”? Acts 3:21 says that Jesus “must” stay in heaven (He’s now at the Father’s “right hand,” Acts 2:34) “until the times of restitution of all things” which includes, says Scofield, “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” which obviously can’t begin before or during Antichrist’s reign. (“The Rapture Question,” by long time No. 1 pretrib authority John Walvoord, didn’t dare to even list, in its scripture index, these too-hot-to-handle verses!) Since Jesus can’t even leave heaven before the tribulation ends, which is also when His foes are finally put down (made His “footstool,” Acts 2:35), the rapture therefore can’t take place before the end of the trib! (The same Acts verses were also too hot for John Darby – the so-called “father of dispensationalism” – to list in the scripture index in his “Letters” which covers Acts 2 and 3 much more comprehensively than Walvoord’s!)
    Paul explains the “times and the seasons” (I Thess. 5:1) of the catching up (I Thess. 4:17) as the “day of the Lord” (5:2) which FOLLOWS the posttrib sun/moon darkening (Matt. 24:29; Acts 2:20) WHEN “sudden destruction” (5:3) of the wicked occurs! The “rest” for “all them that believe” is also tied to such destruction in II Thess. 1:6-10! (If the wicked are destroyed before or during the trib, who’d be left alive to serve the Antichrist?) Paul also ties the change-into-immortality “rapture” (I Cor. 15:52) to the posttrib end of “death” (15:54). (Will death be ended before or during the trib? Of course not! And vs. 54 is also tied to Isa. 25:8 which is Israel’s posttrib resurrection!)
    Many are unaware that before 1830 all Christians had always viewed I Thess. 4’s “catching up” as an integral part of the final second coming to earth. In 1830 this “rapture” was stretched forward and turned into a separate coming of Christ. To further strengthen their novel view, which the mass of evangelical scholars rejected throughout the 1800s, pretrib teachers in the early 1900s began to stretch forward the “day of the Lord” (what Darby and Scofield never dared to do) and hook it up with their already-stretched-forward “rapture.” Many leading evangelical scholars still weren’t convinced of pretrib, so some pretrib teachers then began teaching that the “falling away” of II Thess. 2:3 is really a pretrib rapture (the same as saying that the “rapture” in 2:3 must happen before the “rapture” [“gathering”] in 2:1 can happen – the height of desperation!).
    Here are some Google articles on the 182-year-old pretrib rapture view: “Pretrib Rapture Politics,” “Pretrib Rapture Scholar Wannabes,” “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “X-Raying Margaret,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Walvoord Melts Ice,” “Wily Jeffrey,” “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “Scholars Weigh My Research,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “Thieves’ Marketing,” “Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Deceiving and Being Deceived,” and “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” – all by the author of the extremely accurate and highly endorsed book “The Rapture Plot” (see Armageddon Books).

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