Well, just I thought, it didn’t happen. As most of you know, a preacher by the name of Harold Camping predicted that Jesus would return yesterday (5/21/11) at 6:00pm. Well it didn’t happen. The damage, however, has just begun. As I said in another article, the money wasted on advertising this prediction would have been much better spent spreading the gospel. I appreciate what Dr. Bob Griffin wrote in response to Camping’s false prediction. He said:
–many will mock Scripture and scoff at the
promise of His coming. This attitude, too, is prophesied. (Second Epistle
of St Peter, chapter 3) And man will continue trying to do good, trying to
earn points, trying to get to heaven by being religious, all the while
remaining an enemy of God.
Jesus spoke of His kingdom over the earth and of the eventual destruction of
the universe. He said the first part of His return would be secret (like a
thief in the night), returning for His own in an event called the “rapture”
of His bride. But to ward off any speculation He reminded His disciples
(Gospel according to St Matthew, chapter 24) “But concerning the exact day
or hour NO MAN KNOWS, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son Himself, just
God the Father.”
The day Jesus returns COULD be today. Or tomorrow. Or ten thousand years
from now. But He IS coming for sure. For most of us, we will die before
that day. Obviously it behooves us to be ready BEFORE that day. After we
die or after He comes, it is eternally too late.
God calls on man to repent of sin and believe the Gospel (that Jesus, God’s
Son, took my sin on the cross and bought my salvation). Many will stare
Jesus in the face in the last day as JUDGE because they would not bow to Him
today as SAVIOR. Don’t let the ranting of a sad caricature of a radio
preacher bother you; instead, focus on the real issue – your personal need
to throw aside your “religion” or good works, and come into a “relationship”
with Jesus with trust solely in Him.
That’s well said, and you need to think about it.