So I’m perusing through my Google+ posts and come across this very interesting video shared by one of my subscribers. Although I’m not sure yet how I personally feel about the whole thing, I must admit they have some very interesting p0ints. Take a look and see what you think:
Posts Tagged ‘Prophecy’
C — Christ Child came to be.
H — Holy Angels in the Lea.
R — Running shepherds ran to see.
I — Isaiah’s newborn prophecy.*
S — Sheltered in a stable cold.
T — Twinkling star shining bold.
M — Magi came with gifts of gold.
A — A Christmas story to be told.
S — Son of God,gift of life, always be our guiding light.
*Isaiah 6:9 — For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (NIV)
So here I am, listening to my favorite Christian radio station when the station starts turning fuzzy. I tried to adjust the dial, but ended up on another Christian station that happens to be just a notch down from from my favorite. The teaching I was hearing simply grabbed my attention: This guy who is associated with a ministry called “Family Radio” (I didn’t catch his name) was claiming that the date of the Rapture was slated for May 21st, 2011.
Apparently the date is calculated this way: Jesus Christ said that The End would be like in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37 ). The date of Noah’s flood was on the 17th day of the 2nd month on the Jewish calendar (Genesis 7:10-11 ). According to this group, Noah was prophetically given a seven day warning before the flood was to begin (Genesis 7:4 ), and a day to God is like one thousand years (2 Peter 3:8 ). Therefore, they believe the event prophesied the end of the world occuring 7,000 years later. According to this group’s calculations, the flood happened in 4990 B.C.; add 7,000 years (minus one because there is no year “zero”), and you come up with the year of 2011 A.D. And, since, the 17th day of the 2nd month of the Jewish calendar falls on May 21st, they have declared that the great Rapture will occur on May 21st, 2011. AND…by further calculations and such based upon the Jewish feast days, they have also declared that October 21st, 2011 will be the actual end of the world.
Wow. I just shook my head and continued on to find my original radio station.
Two days later, my husband comes home from work and tells me that he was reading about this very same stuff in the newspaper at work.
So, I went online to google this in order to see how wide this teaching is spreading — it’s going like a wildfire!
Should we all be looking forward to these grand events next year?
I don’t think so.
To begin with, we believe that the teaching of a believers’ Rapture is a little backwards because it is actually the wicked people who will be taken away while the true believers will be left behind. We also believe that the Earth, as in the planet itself, will never be totally destroyed. Aside from those two things, scripture also states that the End Time Antichrist must come to full power and reign for three and a half years before Christ comes. During this time, the Mark of the Beast must be dispersed among the world’s people.
It is impossible for the Antichrist to rule for its required three and a half years and force people to take the Beast’s Mark before May 21st, 2011…or even before October 21st 2011.
And then, of course, there is the matter of terrible, supernatural events occurring at the return of Christ: The sun will be darkened, the moon will be turned to blood and the stars will fall out of the sky (Joel 2:31, Matthew 24:29-30, Acts 2:20, and Revelation 6:12). If nobody witnesses all of these events around the time of May 21st 2011, then we shouldn’t worry about this ministry’s teaching.
This is the very thing scripture warns true believers against: False prophets and false teachers misleading the Church (Matthew 24:11, 2 Peter 2:1-2).
People, please don’t be fooled by such false ones; always always always test the teachings, don’t just swallow everything you’re fed. (2 Timothy 4:2-5).