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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Whose Timezone are you in?

One of the most common mistakes man makes is made because ninety-nine percent of us can't tell time.  I know that this sounds kind of ridiculous, but it's true, and is easily proven by the things said and done by that ninety-nine percent.  Look at the great many number of times that people have came out with a certain date and time for something, usually the Second Coming of Christ, to happen.  It's way beyond funny and right up to the point of pathetic the lengths some of these idiots will go to in trying to convince everyone how they are the only one able to figure out just when things are going to happen.  Let's take a look at the prediction made by Harold Camping last year.  He stated that the Rapture and Judgment Day would take place on May 21, 2011, and that the final destruction of the world would happen five months later on October 21, 2011.  This fellow, Camp, used the Bible as his source of information, and said that things would happen just as he predicted.  Let's keep in mind two things here.  First, Camp had made pretty much the same prediction for September of 1994.  Second, any person who claims to know the time and date of the Second Coming, the Rapture, and the end of the world is flat out calling the Bible a lie, and so then by association is calling God a liar.

'But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.   But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,  and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.'  (Matthew 24:36-44    NKJV)

So what do we do with this piece of Scripture when some nut like Camp, who has been proceeded by many, many others, comes along a with no hesitation calls God a liar?  Look at the last three verses here, and you'll see that God has a purpose for not broadcasting the time of the Second Coming. 

'Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.'   (Matthew 24:42-44    NKJV)


'But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.' (II Peter 3:10 NKJV) 

He doesn't tell us when these things will happen so that mankind cannot plan for them.  Let's get real here, I'll bet that you know at least one person who if they knew exactly when Christ was coming again would wait right up until the last minute to come to the Throne of Grace.  Does anyone come to mind?  Wait a minute, does this describe you?Think about this for a minute, do you know anyone who lives the life all week long, then spends a couple of minutes at the altar on Sunday, but can't spend very long in the kneeling position because their favorite pub or liquor store opens right about that time.  The mindset of those who mock God in this fashion are the same as those who predict the Second Coming.  But, let's not forget what the Father has to say about people playing around with Him.

'Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.'  (Galatians 6:7-8    NKJV) 

I've always felt that this bit of Scripture was pretty straightforward and easy to understand, no PhD's or half a century of Seminary training necessary to understand it.  God is plainly saying to not try to play any games with Him, because there will be some hefty consequences for those that do. 

There is one other things I feel we should take a look at, and this is in regards to those who have a bad case of the stupids and decide to prove it by telling others when Christ is scheduled to return.  Even if there were some specific historical happenings to work from, in terms of some kind of timeline, and even if they got around the whole call God a liar thing, there is still one last hurdle to get over.

'But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day  is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.'  (II Peter 3:8     NKJV) 


'For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night.'  (Psalms 90:4    NKJV)

Just exactly how do those who claim to know enough about things to call God a liar get around this bit of news?  It's really both sad and disgusting at the same time that when these self-proclaimed prophets pop up, it takes no time at all until they have quite a following.  I really can't imagine what kind of a person would ever consider getting involved with these kinds of shenanigans, but it happens over and over again.  Then, when the purported day and time comes and passes, the false prophet does like Camp did recently, and blow it off with the explanation that they'd made a 'small miscalculation' in their figures but would get it right next time.  I'll agree that they made a miscalculation, but there is nothing small about calling God a liar.  I think that a lot of folks may take up with these con-artists for the same reason that the Children of Israel wanted a king back in the day.  For those not familiar with this bit of Old Testament history, (see I Samuel Chapter Eight), the people demanded a king.  They wanted a real flesh and blood king, just like the peoples of the other nations had.  They wanted to be able to see and touch their king, which they couldn't do with God.  Maybe this is the motivation for a lot of people in our times to fall in with these self-proclaimed  false prophets.  At least for a time they have someone to worship and claim allegiance to that they could see.  Then again, I may be wrong about the reasoning and the people just may be stupid.

So, let's wrap this thing up.  We cannot second-guess God.  We cannot force Him to bow to our will, or to adjust His schedule to fit our timeline.  Hey this isn't me saying this, what I am saying is READ YOUR BIBLES!  My story stays the same, it's always consistent, and anybody can read it for themselves.  My story and my time-zone are both just as available to anybody else as it is to me, it's called the Bible. And the writer of my story and the keeper of my time-zone are just as accessible to anyone else as He is to me, just bow your head, close your eyes, and begin with something like, "Dear Heavenly Father, keeper of Eternal Time and Author of Eternal Life....."

So there you have it, please, accept it and be blessed by it! Amen!

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