Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

"I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did." ~Benjamin Harrison

Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 21, 2011, at 6 o'clock PM...

...the world was supposed to end.

When I first heard about this idea that "the world will end on May 21,2011 at 6:00 PM", it seemed rather laughable, and hilarious that anyone could seriously think that they could predict the day of Christ's 2nd coming!

But as I read up on the issue, a feeling a sadness came upon me, and I began to feel sorry for those who believed this lie. The Bible says, in Matthew 24:36-44:

"36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

It's so simple to understand. Yet these people have a very twisted perspective of the Bible. In fact, on the website for Harold Camping, the man who started the whole idea of May 21, 2011, I found this statement:

"The language of this verse [1 Thessalonians 5:3] describes perfectly all of those in the world who on May 21, 2011 are still following any church. Because churches teach many things that are not true to the Bible, including a plan of salvation that is contrary to the Bible, and the Holy Spirit has abandoned all churches, those still following any church on May 21, 2011 are not saved. Nevertheless churches teach their members that:

1. They as confessing members of their church are safely in Christ’s care.

2. No man can know the day or hour of Christ’s return. Therefore, they are certain that Christ will come as a thief in the night.

These dear people do not realize at all that they, themselves, are in spiritual nighttime, a condition that guarantees that when Christ comes they, themselves, will be destroyed in the Day of Judgment. How awful! It is the true believers who know the time (the hour) and much about Judgment Day (the day). They are not in the nighttime of spiritual darkness."

Rather than it being us who are the "dear people" who they feel so "awful" for, it should be the other way around. They have become so infatuated with analyzing the Holy Scriptures past anything that God ever intended that they have persuaded themselves into believing all sorts of lies.

I read most of the information from that website, and there are so many loopholes in the information that they provide- I could list several things wrong with their statements, with barely a glance at the page. But that is not the purpose of this post.

But rather it is to encourage myself as well as all of my readers to be praying for those who believed this fallacy, that they may come to know the real truth, and God's timing, which will never be understood by man. Jesus Himself doesn't even know the time of His returning (Mark 13:32)!

So instead of laughing over what others think, ask yourself this: If the world did end tonight, would you be ready?

Would you be ashamed to meet your Saviour in heaven right this minute?

How about all those souls you had a chance to reach for His glory- did you even try to reach out to them?

In discussing the May 21, 2011 theory, did you stand up for God and state the truth, or did you laugh it off with others, and let them keep thinking one way or another?

I don't want my Lord and Saviour to be ashamed of me because of what I have or have not done. How about you?

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about this event in America. :-)

All Scriptures used in this post are from the KJV

Oh, I also forgot to mention something else- there are people running "post-rapture pet cares", where non-Christians (or in one case, a "Christian" started it) offer to take care of your pets for you after you have been taken to heaven after the rapture. How sad it is, that these people willingly accept that they are not going to heaven, openly admit it, and don't even care? They need our prayers!