Date Setters and the Return of Christ

110523-camping-hmed-3p.grid-6x2I’m a guy who likes to attempt to figure things out. Gather up all the evidence necessary and hopefully find a solution. I suppose I’m not alone in this and if you aren’t like this maybe you know somebody who is.

One thing I’ve never tried to figure out was when Jesus would finally return as He promised He would do.

If you’ve ever read the Good Book then you know what I’m referring to.

If you haven’t ever read the Good Book and would like to know what I’m referring to you can begin with Revelation Chapter 22. There are 44 or so biblical references on this subject but Revelation 22 should get you caught up to speed.

Date setting is nothing new either. Folks have been doing this sort of thing publicly for YEARS.

These folks each have one thing in common; all of them have been wrong.

Some, like the late Harold Camping, have been wrong multiple times. You would think they’d have quit after the first time wouldn’t you?

Anyway, the other night a seemingly well intentioned minister told the assembly I was a part of that after years and years of study he knows that Jesus will return this fall.

I guess the minister missed this during his study;

Matthew 24:36 KJV 

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

I was able to find this scripture in the King James Version so it HAS to be legit……and it’s even red lettered as well. A double bonus!

Now when I read this I understand it to mean that no one but God knows when Jesus will return; not Jesus, not the angels and especially no man knows. Only God knows. It’s straightforward and crystal clear….and because it’s also in the King James translation it must also be accurate!

That’s not to say that God didn’t leave us hints in His Word because He did. The big problem here is would be that unless the Bible was written in this century, and it wasn’t, these same hints were given to first century readers also.

The other problem with these hints would be this; you could more than likely make a case from roughly 70AD on wards that most if not all of these hints were actually fulfilled in every century and generation and age right up until today. Jesus still hasn’t returned has He?

And that’s the point. No matter how many predictions or hints that have been seemingly fulfilled, Jesus still hasn’t returned.

The Apostle Paul said that God has set a day for Christ’s return to judge the world (Acts 17:31). but Paul didn’t publicly attempt to set a date.

Obviously he wasn’t as informed as the folks I linked above seem to be.

Maybe Paul did have the date of Christ’s return all figured out and just kept it to himself. Paul may have been a spectacle to the world (1 Cor 4:9) but he wasn’t foolish enough to make a spectacle of himself publicly.

Today’s date setters don’t seem to have that concern.

We didn’t talk about any of this on Calvin’s Corner this week. Instead Michael and I talked about my conversation with a King James Only advocate that led us to a discussion about Limited Atonement.

I’ll leave the player below or you can visit Calvin’s Corner and download the program to your portable listening device.

[audio http://media.blubrry.com/calvinscorner/archive.org/download/CalvinsCorner25/Calvin%27s%20Corner%20%2325.mp3]

 

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It seems like nearly every professing Christian has their own eschatological interpretations, many times differing from our own. Should we break fellowship with someone who professes Christ as their Lord and Savior simply because their eschatological interpretation is different from our own or should we examine their essential beliefs prior to dividing? Yesterday I came across a website that I feel demonstrates when and where I personally would draw the line. Continue reading