People who predict the end of the world.

My wife and I were on a road trip a couple of weeks ago when we saw a Billboard that said: “May 21, 2011 – Judgment Day!”   I thought it was really nice that at least we would have Valentine’s Day. I always love the prices on candy the day after.

But seriously, has anyone else seen those signs? There’s always some self-proclaimed expert and “prophet” who predicts the end of the world. Those “prophets” have always been around. For example, some guy (Seventh-day Adventist founder) predicted that the world would end on October 22, 1844. Obviously, the world only ended for him. Life kept on going. And there’s many other people who came up with different days, using different calculations. They were all wrong.

If you happen to be one of those people that know exactly when the end of all things is, then I have couple of questions for you. Please read on. If you’re so certain of your set date, then just humor me while we have some time.

Question 1:

When Jesus said this, in reference to His return, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father,”  what do you think that means? (Mark 13:32, NKJV) Seriously, when he says “no one,” do you think that means, “no one, except for Timothy Kratz in the year 2011, who’s a really clever guy. He’s so cool. He only buys Apple products?”

Question 2:

When Jesus says that only the Father knows, do you think he was kidding? Do you think that maybe He just wanted to throw in a joke to mix things up?

Question 3

Are you crazy? I’m no:t trying to offend you here. They say that crazy people don’t know they’re crazy. So maybe that’s something you may want to look into. Just talk to someone about it before your make an order on the billboards.

All I’m saying is that God’s word is pretty clear in this matter. As believers, we shouldn’t just follow anyone who claims to know something special that is not revealed in scripture. Let us trust God’s word and measure what anyone says against it. Have you seen any of these billboard ads? And how do you think people come up with all these dates?

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Jon Fakuff writes a parody of a web site that parodies another one. I know, that was a confusing sentence. But if you check out his blog, you’ll know what I mean. His name is not really Jon Fakuff. That’s just his pen name, so to speak. His hope is that as he make fun of some of the silly things in our Christian-Western culture, he can draw your attention to what really matters: glorifying God with our lives, living for Him. Visit him at Stuff Christians Don’t Like, and be sure to let him know you were there!

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Posted on March 4, 2011, in "Guest Post" March, Guest Post and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Oh my. Very good article! You responded with clarity and wisdom. It is foolish to try and outguess God. Good for you!

  2. No, I haven’t seen any of those billboards out here. Almost would love to – they’d be a nice wake-up. There’s not always much to see out here in the desert, except antelope.

    But besides teachings like your billboard to which the Bible clearly says “no,” it also bothers me that it’s so easy to fall into the trap of enthusiastically supporting teachings that we find in maybe 3, or 4, or a half dozen verses – but at the same time seldom talk about things the Bible emphasizes with several thousand verses, like what it means by loving/helping our neighbors (and even who they are in the first place). Or even to speak AGAINST those (I had one pastor who did.)

    Nice article – fun reading.

  3. I was glad to happen across this site. It makes me wonder about people that are suppose to know something about the bible and then try to predict when the world will end. God tells us all we need to know. I don’t care to know exactly the day that will be. All I know is that God is still on the throne, always has been and always will be and He is completely in control. Nothing will take Him by surprise. I would also be afraid to try and predict since the bible warns against that.

  4. the end of the world will be
    on 13.13.13.pm on the 13th .12.20013
    falls on friday 13th

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