2012, End of Days, and False Prophets
Finding Truth In A World Of Lies
I wanted to touch just a bit on one of the most talked about subjects of 2011 and 2012.
While I'm no Bible scholar, it doesn't take but a few verses to disprove something and clear up much confusion in the world of chrisitans and unbelievers alike.
While we're taught in the Bible to learn from Pastors, Prophets, Teachers, Evanglists, and Apostles, we are also taught by the Bible to always double check what we are learning through what the Word of God itself says. If it doesn't line up...it is not from God. Simple as that.
What does it take? Some good old fashioned studying.
2 Timothy 2:15 reads Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.'
1 Thessalonians 5:21: "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
We prove all things when we search in the Bible and it says what we have learned. It 'proves' that teaching is Biblically sound. When we don't study, we stay ignorant and ignorance is not bliss when it comes to dealing with where we will spend eternity.
The Bible gives us signs to look for leading up to the rapture of the church. Now whether that is pre-tribulation or post-tribulation is just another hub altogether and I won't get into that now. You can - however - read more about it by searching online and reading scripture about it. Just two of the many verses giving us examples of what to expect before Christ returns are the following:
Matthew 24:6 - You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 - Don't be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed--the one who brings destruction.
I think the key part of this the last verse is 'Don't be fooled by what they say.' God is warning us to be very careful and not to allow ourselves to be tricked into believing 'they' - false prophets. False prophets come in all different lights and can be a regular old joe on the street, or your Pastor himself. If they are teaching contrary to the Word of God...they are a False Prophet. Now this is not to be confused with a misunderstanding. No one is perfect. In the case of anyone in leadership, it is critical that those in ministry KNOW sound Biblical truth. It is dangerous for them not to as they are either leading the people they teach toward blessing or toward destruction.
So how can anyone like Harold Camping predict that The Rapture would happen on May 22, 2011 - last year? They can't and proof of that is that we're still here!! But to view an easy-to-understand verse that leaves no room for self interpretation let's read.....Mark 13:32 also says "NO ONE knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
How can a verse like that be misunderstood. And if Harold Camping claimed to know God the way he said he did, he would have known that verse. There is just no way around it. The Bible makes it clear how to recognize a false prophet and warns us to stay far from those who are. They are wolves in sheeps clothing. A Prophet is proved to be a Prophet when his prophecies come true. They must ALL come true. If even one is not fulfilled at least eventually...he is a false prophet.
When all this comes true - and it surely will - then they will know that a prophet has been among them. Ezek. 33:33.
But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true. Jer. 28:9.
If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him. Deut. 18:22.
I leave you with these verses from Matthew. I would encourage you to read and re-read them over. Study. Find out the truth of God's Word.
Matthew 24:42-51: Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But 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.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.