Posted by: mystic444 | April 21, 2018

More ‘End Times’ Speculation

Recently there has been a number of news articles claiming that a Christian numerologist named David Meade has predicted that ‘the Rapture’ will occur on Monday April 23, introducing events which will bring on the ‘end of the world’ not too long thereafter. (See this article for instance.) There have also been numerous responses from evangelical Christians castigating Mr. Meade for ‘date setting’ contrary to the statements attributed to Jesus Christ that no one (not even “the son”) knows the day or hour that “the son of man” will return.

 

As usual, the news articles didn’t quite get it right. David Meade believes that certain astrological events will occur on April 23 which will herald the ‘Rapture’; but he believes the event itself (the ‘Rapture’) will occur somewhere between May and December of this year (2018). This isn’t the same as claiming to know the day or hour of “the coming of the son of man”.

 

He also doesn’t believe that this indicates that the world will end any time soon. He accepts the common ‘dispensational’ idea that 7 years of ‘tribulation’ will follow the ‘Rapture’; then the ‘Second Coming of Christ’ will occur bringing in the 1000 year reign of Christ and his ‘saints’. Only after this millennial reign will the “end of the world” occur – thus not likely to be in any of our lifetimes.

 

Nevertheless, this theory is subject to a serious flaw, causing it to be doomed to failure (just as previous predictions by him and others have necessarily failed). This serious flaw is that the Bible itself – upon which they (and all orthodox Christians of whatever branch) base their beliefs – does not in fact teach the Rapture and Second Coming in any of its common variations! Biblical eschatology (end times/last things) – particularly ‘New Testament’ eschatology – is totally focused on the events surrounding the destruction of Jerusalem around 70 A.D. According to ‘New Testament’ statements attributed to Jesus, he was very specific that the ‘coming of the son of man’ was to occur within the lifetime of some of his hearers; it was to be that generation which witnessed the event. Paul and Peter (and other apostles who allegedly wrote ‘New Testament’ letters) also insisted that they themselves were living in the “last days”; the events predicted by Jesus were even then occurring. Paul spoke of “we who are alive and remain” until Christ’s coming.

 

I have written numerous articles about this subject previously, so I won’t go into lengthy detail now. In November of 2009 I wrote an article entitled The Last Days, followed immediately by a 6 part series on the Olivet Discourse (beginning with this one). I also have written 3 articles on The Second Coming ( 1 , 2  , and 3 ) dealing with passages from Paul’s letters.

 

Those articles will show that the idea of a “Second Coming” still future to us is nowhere to be found in the Bible, meaning that all speculation from so-called ‘prophecy experts’ today is completely worthless. The passages from Paul which are used to teach ‘the Rapture’ teach no such thing. It appears that Paul believed that dead believers would ‘sleep’ until the coming of Christ (70 A.D.); then they would ‘awaken’ and ‘come’ with Christ in his ‘kingdom’. After that, believers who died would not sleep, but would immediately meet the awakened and reigning believers “in the air”. This ‘sleep’ and ‘awakening’ had to do with the ‘soul’ or ‘inner man’, not the body. Paul was very explicit in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 that the body perishes after death; it is the “inner man/person” which is eternal. He did not teach a resurrection (or ‘rapture’) of dead bodies.

 

I don’t accept the ‘inspiration and authority’ of the Bible, so it doesn’t matter to me in the least what it teaches about any subject. But it’s both humorous and sad to see Christians who claim to believe the Bible ‘from cover to cover’ get their own professed ‘sacred scriptures’ so badly wrong – and even label as ‘heretics’ those who get it ‘right’! You can get away with saying certain passages generally thought to teach a future-to-us Second Coming actually refer to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.; but if you go so far as to maintain that there are no passages at all that teach that future-to-us Second Coming, you are suddenly a ‘heretic’ and ‘accursed’.

 

I am glad that I am no longer mixed up in religious nonsense; nevertheless I just couldn’t resist commenting on the subject before the ‘magic date’ of April 23, 2018 rolls around. 🙂

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