The End Is Near…Again

Have you heard the latest doomsday predictions?  Apparently this Saturday – September 23rd – is the next due date for the end or beginning of the end.  If you’re like me, your reaction is something like “Here we go again”.  Yes, we have some so-called prophetic experts that have aligned their claims that – really – September 23rd will be THE day.  No kidding.

Why is this Saturday the next target date?

According to Christian astrologer David Meade, the key to understanding all of this is the number 33. In the Bible, Jesus is said to have lived for 33 years before being crucified. Elohim, the Canaanite god who was later adopted as the supreme god of ancient Israel, is mentioned 33 times in the Bible.  All of this links back to the constellation Virgo and last month’s solar eclipse which was visible throughout most of the United States, according to Meade.

Okay, scientifically speaking, for the first time since 1827, the stars and planets will align when the head of Virgo will come from other constellations while Jupiter goes into entering Virgo’s “womb” and then exiting it.  Of course, this gives fodder to people saying this is a prophetic sign from Revelation 12:1-2:  “And a great sign appeared in heaven:  a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.  She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.”   Well, while this COULD be some sort of sign it doesn’t appear to say anything about the end of the world.

If that wasn’t enough, there is also this issue that some mysterious “Planet X” or “Nibiru” that is going to collide with Earth on Saturday.  Apparently, this large rouge planet has gone totally undetected by NASA or anyone else in the legitimate scientific community.  So how is it that these select group of people know this is coming?  Do they have special telescopes?  Yep, it’s all going down on Saturday.

Now, I do believe in the Bible and what is said about the end times; however, there is a passage that clearly says that no man knows the hour.  I’m pretty sure God isn’t leaking the information.  I also believe that there are “signs” as indicated in the Bible but if you ask 10 Bible prophecy “experts” you will get 10 different answers about how they interpret the Bible.   And have you ever read the Book of Revelation?   It’s not the easiest read in the Bible.  Yet, we’ve always got these folks that think they have some sort of secret communication with God about these interpretations.

We’ve heard this before:

  • In 2014-2015, Televanglist John Hagee and prophecy expert Mark Blitz warned us about the blood moons and that the last one would be the rapture.
  • On December 21, 2012, the world was to be destroyed by Nibiru because the calendar was predicted in the Mayan calendar.
  • On May 27, 2012, Ronald Weinland said that Jesus Christ was going to return on this day.
  • On October 21, 2011, Harold Camping failed on yet another prediction that the end of the world would occur on this date.
  • In 1999 there were many predictions that the world would end because of Y2K when all the computers would go crazy because they had two-digits for the year instead of four.

I’m certainly not taking light the seriousness of what the Bible says about the end times.  I do think Jesus Christ is going to return and all the things it says will happen.  I’m just tired of all of the predictions and interpretations these prophets stir up.  Mostly to promote their book or speaking fees at prophetic conferences.  Even Jim Bakker – yes, THAT Jim Bakker – is selling food buckets to people to stock up on food so they can survive the tribulation period.  You see, there are some that believe in pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation and post-tribulation in how they interpret when the rapture will happen.  Believe me, I have heard these claims all of my life growing up in a Pentecostal denomination.   The constant term “Jesus is coming soon” has been said since I was old enough to understand what people were saying.  It has been preached and taught in many different ways.

I’m not buying any food buckets or sending money to get some secret prophetic DVD to some TV preacher.    I think a person just needs to do what’s right and be a good person.  Yes, I’m a believer but I’m not going to run around screaming the sky is falling.  I think it makes God look bad when people do things like that.

This David Meade guy is not saying the world is going to end Saturday but claims it is the beginning of the end.  Others are jumping on board with this planet collision with Nibiru.    David Meade is an author who is selling a lot of books.  I’m just not sure how he’s going to spend his money after Saturday.  My guess is that he will disappear into oblivion and laughing all the way to the bank.

If you are interested in Jim Bakker’s end times food buckets, you are out-of-luck because it takes 4-6 weeks for delivery.   When I went to the website to see if this was true, the first item on the list is “Augason Farms Tasty Pantry Deluxe Plus Bucket Canada (I guess for the specific issues that Canada will have to deal with on doomsday).  The $175 dollar bucket includes all of your favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner in one bucket.  It includes 283 servings plus an additional 91 BONUS servings of savory, tasty food for you and your family.  Yum.  Sounds delish!

As a believer, all this junk is just that – junk.  It is an embarrassment because people lump you in with these crazies.  No wonder people reject the Bible and people who are believers.  These idiots make us look bad.  Sorry, but it just makes me mad.  We’ve had these religious Chicken Littles running around since Jesus returned to heaven.  I mean, they thought he was coming back in their lifetime.  These folks have been making historical and scientific events fit into their prophetic interpretations for over 2,000 years.

“But about that day or hour on one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  (Matthew 24:36)

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