Sunday, October 16, 2011
My friend thinks the world will end this week...
So it seems our friend, Harold Camping, is at it again, and this time he reckons the world is going to end this coming Friday, October 21.
Can any man claim to know the time of the Lord's second coming and/or when the world will end? What does scripture tell us about this? Here's a handful of verses of scripture that give the answer (emphasis added):
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only." - Matthew 24:36
"Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect." - Matthew 24:44
"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour." - Matthew 25:13
"Watch therefore -- for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning -- lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Watch." - Mark 13:35-37
"... the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and put him with the unfaithful." - Luke 12:46
"For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people say, 'There is peace and security,' then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape." - 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3
"The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up." - 2 Peter 3:9-10
"Remember then what you received and heard; keep that, and repent. If you will not awake, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you." - Revelation 3:3
(Bible translation cited: RSV-CE)
I wonder: how can a man - Harold Camping - who claims to be a "Bible believing Christian" have missed these verses?
Don't worry about the "final day"; just pray and be ready every day!