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May 21, 2011

July 31, 2010

Well, here we go again. It seems like it takes nearly a year for something to pop up that really attracts my attention and this time it’s another of those “TEOTWAWKI” (The End Of The World As We Know It) announcements. This isn’t your average Mayan calendar-based prediction though. This is the Rapture. It’s September, 1988 all over again. Same scenario. Similar error. Smaller booklet. Just different players this time.

I’ve tagged this under “Right Division” because, even though it’s something happening now, if people rightly divided the Word, things like this wouldn’t get any traction whatsoever.

Anyhow, I came across this wondrous announcement thanks to Twitter and the folks at SermonAudio.com who, although they are Calvinists, stick closer to the Word than most any of the organized belief systems out there.

It seems that Harold Camping is at it again, with a web site called: “WeCanKnow.com”.

You can visit that site and read/download a little PDF brochure entitled “No Man Knows The Day Or The Hour”. As usual, we’re in the Great Tribulation, which, according to the pamphlet, began May 21st, 1988 and will last a total of 23-years. The pamphlet contains the usual alphabet soup of out-of-context Scripture verses, a hodgepodge of dates, Scripture citations and, sloppy arithmetic, all cleverly arranged with bold type and subject headings in such a way as to make one think they are reading what God actually said. The web site isn’t much better.

Well, you can go read it yourself, if you’re so inclined. My point is that, while God can do whatever He desires to do, whenever He desires to do it, I’m feeling pretty safe in declaring, here at this time and on this spot, that the Rapture will not take place on May 21, 2011; the Great Tribulation did not begin on May 21, 1988; and, God is not going to destroy this world on October 21, 2011. Furthermore, Harold Camping is a false prophet who will be judged and found wanting for making such outrageous statements.

How can I be so sure?

Because, God is not neurotic. When you read all the cited verses in context, not only do you find that the past and the future have been pureed in some great, spiritual Vita-Mix, the addresses have been changed, and you don’t get the same message when those verses are read in context. That is not at all unusual in this sort of thing.

God knew what He intended to say in His Word, and He knew which WORDS to use to get the message across, in spite of the corruption of languages over time and translation errors. He also addressed those words to specific people living in specific times. Those words had to made sense to those who received them, before they will even begin to make sense to us. That is, of course, assuming that we chose to HEAR (by reading) what God has said. Sadly, most seem to prefer to have their ears tickled by the Traditions of Men and the doctrines of demons than to receive God’s blessing of a sound mind through making His Word the central part of their innermost being.

Now Brothers and Sisters; What does God say about the Rapture and the Second Coming? More specifically, what does he say of these matters to the Church?

First, Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Second, Phil. 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

We thank God for preserving His Word in the original languages because, through the study of them, we know that Phil. 3:14 is better rendered: I press toward the mark for the prize of the calling on high by God in Christ Jesus. Being “called on high” , the original indicates an upward motion takes place. That is the Rapture message which is addressed to the Church.

Only that verse? Yup. Do I need any more? Since I’m not making a theological suit of doctrine out of dissimilar Scripture clippings, I’ll stick with clarity and simplicity, thank-you.

Read all of Colossians and Philippians for instruction in where to maintain our spiritual focus and to whom we should be listening. That’s why Paul was inspired to write those letters. They are for us. To help and encourage us. Our job is to glorify God through our lives and to relay the Gospel concerning salvation through the finished work of Jesus Christ. It is not to develop clever religious schemes seeking thereby to entice people through FUD, (fear, uncertainty and doubt), to throw money our way, so we don’t have to get a real job. People who do such things are not to be taken seriously. Listen to God!

David wrote in Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” If we do not remove the cover from the lamp of God’s Word and read it believing that we are reading His Words, how can it light our way and give us direction?

Church traditionalists dislike me because of some of my beliefs. Those beliefs however, only rub against their traditions, not God’s Word. Unfortunately, date-setting is all too common, even among those same traditionalists because they have never really heard from God. Oh they talk about God. They listen to sensual music that proclaims God is my girl/boy friend. They watch entertaining plays about God. They listen to “messages” about God, but they don’t ever take the time to actually remove the cover from the Lamp and let God speak to them, in His own words.

Don’t be fooled by the likes of Harold Camping. Go to the Source: Go to God.

I’m adding this little bit because I don’t want people to get the idea that I do not think the Rapture will soon happen. To the contrary, I do expect it to happen soon. I am looking forward to it and. in fact, I’m with Paul when he wrote: 2 Timothy 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

When I was younger, I was guilty of a subtle belief that just believing something hard enough was sufficient to make it true. Furthermore, I believed that the more people who believed the thing, the better the chance of it happening would be.

That spiritually immature, pagan way of belief has infected most of Christendom since the last Apostle died. Today we recognize it as an element from Hinduism called Maya, where reality is shaped by strong belief. That path is a dead-end.

When I look around me at the world today, I see our blessed Republic being systematically dismantled by a man who pretends to be a Christian, that one is tempted to call The Antichrist (or at least, an antichrist). I see the natural world groaning more and more every year. I see, not only nations at war with nations, but individuals engaged in similar warfare. Natural and man-made disasters have become commonplace and the knowledge of God is drifting further and further away from the average man; Only to be replaced by traditions of men, doctrines of demons, lying political and technical solutions, and sciencism, just to name a few.

So yes, I am looking forward to the Rapture, but if it’s not something I’m going to see, the last thing I’m going to do is make-up some religious coat-of-many-dogmas to deceive and bilk people out of their money. My eyes are fixed on the place where my seat of government already exists, and I’m waiting for that calling from on high. That’s the main reason I don’t blog a lot. Heaven doesn’t have bloggers.