I know I’m way behind on updating this blog – I’ve still been reading, but I’m struggling to find time to contribute my progress to this blog. I’ll have a new post for everyone this week. However, I need to take a minute to address a problem I’m having…
…this whole Judgement day thing sparked by Harold Camping and Family Radio. I know most people think it’s a bunch of hokum, but the thing that concerns me the most is how they say “The Bible Guarantees it!” Which of course leads to religious persecution, and for those who may have previously thought about seeking out the Bible will probably forever be turned away when, in fact, we’re all still alive on May 22nd. This is why I started this blog to begin with. There are so many whack jobs out there making WILD claims that they profess are supported by the Bible, when in reality they’re making these claims based on loose interpretations of select verses. I’m going to directly address the words posted on Family Radio’s website…
I should start by addressing their loophole around Acts 1:7 that says “And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” Family Radio (FR) interprets this to mean we shouldn’t be bothered with knowing when judgement day comes…we should focus on sharing the Gospel. While I agree with that, I don’t agree that’s what Acts 1:7 is saying….and Matthew 24:35-36 agrees with me “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Seems like the only argument I really need to show that the Bible doesn’t guarantee anything about a specific date, but I’ll go on…
FR also says “Therefore, regardless of how brilliant or how learned a theologian or Bible student might have been, or how diligently they studied the Bible or faithfully served Christ, it was impossible to learn from the Bible the timetable for the end of the world. Anyone who claimed he knew the time of the end was always wrong.” Which to me it just sounds like they’re tooting their own horn, saying “No one could ever figure out the exact date of Judgement day…except us.” Proverbs 16:18 comes to mind…”Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” FR could probably spin that into a “guarantee” of Saturday’s Apocalypse, too, but I’ll go on…
Regarding 2011 as the “Chosen year,” FR says this…
“God in His great mercy has given a marvelous proof that the year 2011 is the year of Judgment Day and the end of the world. Remember in 2 Peter 3:8, in the context of pointing us to the flood of Noah’s day as well as to the destruction of the world at the end of time, He declared: “one day with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.” Years ago we learned from the Bible that the flood occurred in the year 4990 B.C. More recently we learned that Judgment Day is to occur in the year 2011 A.D. 2011 A.D. is exactly 7,000 years after 4990 B.C.
Just before the flood Noah was instructed by God that in seven days the flood would begin (Genesis 7:10-16). Using the language of 2 Peter 3:8 that “a day is as a thousand years,” it is like saying through Noah, who was a preacher (2 Peter 2:5): “mankind has seven days or 7,000 years to escape destruction.” Since 2011 A.D. is precisely 7,000 years after Noah preached, God has given mankind a wonderful proof that Judgment Day will occur in the year 2011
God doubled the statement “a day is as a thousand years” to greatly increase our assurance that this is established by God and will shortly come to pass (Genesis 4l:32).”
Firstly, 2 Peter 3:8 is a verse offering comfort to those worrying about end times. By reading 2 Peter 3:9 (“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”) You can conclude that 2 Peter 3:8 is simply showing that the Lord is undeniably patient, and wants us all to have the chance to reach repentance, because what we see as one day, the Lord sees as 1 thousand years. God waits 1000 years for every day we spend seeking repentance. Sounds like a pretty patient God to me.
Secondly, by FR’s logic, the 7 days that God gives Noah to prepare for the flood somehow relates to the destruction by fire mentioned in 2 Peter 3:7. The number 7 is used pervasively throughout the Bible, so with the flawed logic that 2 Peter 3:8 is some code to the day of judgement, FR could do that math with hundreds of other verses in the Bible, and make it seem as a prophetic warning.
And Genesis 41:32 states that God repeated the prophecy (Gen 41:28-31) of plenty and famine to Pharaoh to establish that it was going to happen, without a doubt. This does not allude to FR’s claim that God is emphasizing that the world will end precisely 7000 years after the flood. It’s somewhat amusing that FR keeps referencing Bible verses where God speaks clearly and straight to the point to say what he has to say, yet FR is grasping at straws and using vague interpretations to warn us of God’s “definite” timeline of Judgement Day.
A huge portion of FR’s website “proof” is a big number game. Numbers are great and they do offer significance, but unfortunately numbers can be added/divided/multiplied/subtracted to get any answer you want. That’s the great thing about numbers. Unfortunately for FR, in this case, it offers very little infallible proof. As indicated below, taken from FR’s website…
“Let us return now to the 722,500.07 days from April 1, 33 A.D. (the day Christ was crucified and died) until May 21, 2011 (the day when God’s salvation plan has been altogether completed and all of the true believers are brought, or raptured into Heaven).
The number 722,500 is made up of two sets of identical significant numbers. Each number is intimately related to God’s salvation plan:
5 x 10 x 17 x 5 x 10 x 17 = 722,500
The atonement or redemption demonstrated by Christ’s suffering and death on April 1, 33 A.D. (the number 5) is 100% completed on May 21, 2011 (the number 10) when all the true believers are raptured into Heaven (the number 17).
Remarkably this number sequence is doubled, to indicate it has been established by God and will shortly come to pass (Genesis 41:32).”
Seems air-tight, right? No doubt whatsoever.
The Bible I read offers no guarantee of Judgement Day on May 21, 2011. The only thing the Bible I read guarantees, regarding the time of the rapture, is that no one but God will ever know. FR uses a bunch of loose interpretations to assert “definite proof.” The fact that they use Acts 1:7 and ignore Matthew 24:35-36 shows that they’re just manipulating diction to make their point. Even if their argument used more logic than numbers, and they had more solid proof, Matthew 24:36 simply contradicts any of it. FR says “Therefore, regardless of how brilliant or how learned a theologian or Bible student might have been, or how diligently they studied the Bible or faithfully served Christ, it was impossible to learn from the Bible the timetable for the end of the world.” Sounds to me that FR might actually learn a thing or two by reading and learning the Bible. And maybe they should use Acts 1:7 by their own interpretation and stop worrying about when the world is going to end and focus more on sharing the Gospel, as it’s written, not interpreted. There’s a reason no man is supposed to know the end of time…as FR quoted 1 Thessalonians 5:2 “For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” It would seem by exposing the “truth” of the end times and narrowing it to a specific day you contradict this verse.
It deserves to be said that FR is not professing the word of God as it was intended. They have ignored, betrayed, and blasphemed the word of God. It is infuriating to know that people can go so far out of their way to deface the Bible for the sake of pride. I pray that no one holds FR’s words against the word of God. Like I said – whatever claims FR makes is from their own bible…not the Bible I read.