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Sunday, May 22, 2011

There Was No Rapture - But the End is Still Near!

And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy 18:17-22)

Before we had the Bible, God promised His people that He would send prophets who would let them know God's will. The LORD knew, of course, that anyone could claim to be speaking for God, and so He give His people in advance a simple test that would help them distinguish false prophets who claimed to be speaking for God and the real prophets whom He had sent. He said that the things spoken by a true prophet would come to pass. If a prophet spoke something “in the name of the Lord” and it didn't come to pass, he is exposed as a false prophet. The Bible says we should “not be afraid” of someone who has spoken presumptuously. In other words, “don't worry about any more warnings he might give.”

So what are we to think now of Harold Camping? This man has made not one but two false prophecies concerning the rapture of the Church. His most recent prediction – that the rapture would occur yesterday at 5:59 PM – came and went without incident. Actually, he said that 200,000 believers would be raptured while the earth itself would be destroyed by earthquakes. As I write this, Mr. Camp had not been reached for comment. Perhaps he and 199,999 others were taken? Nah! Just in case I've not been clear - I never believed Camp's claims for even a moment.

I don't think anyone really took this guy seriously. It didn't matter that he'd already had one failed prediction – people simply don't take any end-times prophecies seriously anymore. Matthew 24:36 specifically disqualifies in advance any certain time given for His return. Christians, therefore, should never give ear to such drivel. However, such false prophets – that's right, I'm calling Camp a false prophet – are seen by the world as representative of Christians. So, when someone claiming to be a Christian acts like a nut, he makes all Christians look like nuts. An event as significant as the rapture is trivialized.

Interestingly though, the Bible has already told us about this attitude. Consider the following passage:

This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2 Peter 3:1-4)

How ironic. If I didn't fear it might be blasphemy, I might suspect God were playing a prank on unbelievers. Those who are without Christ scoff at His return. When bogus claims are made about His imminent return, it's even more reason to ridicule His return. As I hear their jeers, I know now more than ever, Christ could come at any moment. It's not because of the presumptuous claims spoken by false prophets, however, but because of the scoffers who Peter said would come in the last days!


God.Is.Hidden said...

Sometimes there is knowledge that is not "commanded" to be spoken, but needs to be spread far and wide. It is Good. Receive the Divine Light that is The Essence (or The Spirit or The Holy Ghost or that of which is Of His Essence - all different ways of saying the same thing) and one then knows.

Othertimes there is knowledge that is not "commanded" to be spoken and this information POPS a lot of the hot air deceits used by Evil, however there's a line where it DOES work in certain ways - Magical Ways - and painful lessons follow about what is and what is not allowed to be spread.

All that was desired was for GOOD to be able to recognize & protect themselves from the EVIL that attempts to have their way.

Painful lessons.

Pride is perhaps one of those things that require painful corrections. To come into Divine Receivership of things considered "magical" or "miraculous", do you reveal or hold onto it? Well, answer one: was this knowledge after Receiving Divine Good? If yes, hold onto anything that may be dangerous in the wrong hands.

I think. So many who offer guidelines are outsiders. The rest are blind in one area or another. The only one who can really know is God, and He sometimes sits back and let's one acquire The Truth on one's own.

Excellent teacher! But not always One Who is clear cut. You don't let kids play with knives, I guess. They, or rather we, have to slowly find out what is what and how to protect Good while using Good Discernment. Not everything can be taught. Some things have to be Guided & Influenced <--Eternal Powers.

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