Billboards all across the country are heralding that this Saturday, May 21st, is Judgment Day. Before you decide to spend the day on your roof to get closer to the sky, I need to let you know that the rapture isn’t happening this weekend.
The fact is, no matter what these people say, the Bible certainly does not “guarantee” anything about May 21st, 2011. This same organization has predicted previous dates with the same unimpressive results. And according to the Bible, the test of a real prophet is that they have to be 100% right 100% of the time (Deuteronomy 18:21-22).
Secondly, Jesus was very clear when He was asked when He would return that, “No one knows the day or hour, not even the Son of God Himself.” (Matthew 24:36) It’s funny how many of these so-called prophets can explain away such a clear teaching from Jesus.
The fact remains that Jesus will return one day, when He chooses. You can read about it in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. But it’s not meant to cause Christ-followers to be afraid. Instead, Paul says we should encourage each other with the reminder that this life isn’t all there is. Jesus is coming back and has a place prepared for us where we will be with Him forever (and that’s a mighty long time).
It blows my mind to consider how much money was spent on this ridiculous ad campaign that in the end will do more damage than good. But it also fires me up to reach out to people who need to hear the truth now more than ever! Many people wonder why it’s taken Jesus so very long to return. He isn’t slow, He is patiently waiting so that every single person who will respond to Him will do so. “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) In the meantime, He wants us to spread the word and bring as many people with us as possible!