The rapture will take place today; says some. The same will tell you that, shortly after, the end of the world will come. Another “prediction” about the end times! The Bible; that book that contains the inspired word of God, provides a verbalized picture of what the end will look like. What does the Bible say about prophets, and false prophets? Before we go there, we must answer a few questions.
You mean they told you and not Jesus?
Jesus said that no man; no angels, and not even He, knows the hour that He will return. He warns us that He will come like a thief in the night. He encourages us to be ready. All of this leads to an obvious question:
If God hasn’t told Jesus when the time will come, why would He tell one of many predictors?
The only thing that it is safe to say about Jesus’ return is that He’s been preparing to return since He left. Anything that anyone offers as a prediction of the actual date is outside of the word of God.
All the signs are there: pestilence, famine, wars and rumors of wars. It would be easy to stop reading right there, and start looking to the sky for Jesus. But Christians need to look to the Bible, and not the heavens. If we read on, we will find that the things that we are seeing are only a start. Matthew chapter 24 verse 8 says that these things are only labor pains.
A woman who is pregnant has labor pains prior to the birth of the child. The labor pains (contractions; if you prefer) are a precursor to the ultimate birth of the baby. The things that we now see, be it schools of fish washing up from a lake or birds falling out of the sky, are only a sign of the times, and not the end of them.
Joshua proclaimed that the Israelites had to make a choice. If it were Baal that they believed in, then so be it. He instructed the people that his house would be serving the true and living God. There was no third option; no fence to be straddled, no middle ground. You would both believe in and serve God, or you wouldn’t. Prophecy is the same!
Prophecy is either true, or it is false. It is not almost true or partially real, or it is Bible based and sound. People, who make predictions of when Christ is coming, or state that they know the day, are wrong. Their prophecy is false.
What do Christian’s believe about prophecy? They believe that all that needs to be said has been. They believe that His word is true, and that believers should be ready.
Just be ready
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