The Prophetic Messenger

A Newsletter From Mysteries From The Word Of God Ministries
September/October 2012 - Volume 14/Issue 5

Why Are There So Many False Predictions About The Return Of Jesus Christ? - Part II

1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; II Thessalonians 2:1-3

In this issue of The Prophetic Messenger, we will finish a message titled “Why Are There So Many False Predictions About The Return Of Jesus Christ? ”

1. What The Modern Day Church Thought About The Return Of Jesus Christ (1000 A.D. to Present)

In recent history (from 1000 A.D. to 2012 A.D.), the church got away from the word of God and instead turned to traditions of men. This leads to error. In II Peter 1:20 it says “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”

a) 2007 A.D.
I remember being in a meeting and hearing a person say that this is the year Jesus is Returning. He mentioned a possible peace agreement with Israel and the Palestinians as a reason for the return of Jesus Christ. In an article titled “Door for Israeli-Palestinian peace may be closing: U.N.” it says

“U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday the ‘door may be closing, for good’ on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the continued growth of Jewish settlements undercuts peace. ‘The two-state solution is the only sustainable option. Yet the door may be closing, for good,’ Ban told the U.N. General Assembly. ‘The continued growth of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory seriously undermines efforts towards peace. We must break this dangerous impasse.’ In an apparent reference to recent comments by Israeli, Iranian and U.S. officials, Ban also told the 193-nation assembly at the opening of its annual gathering of world leaders that he rejected threats of military action by one state against another. While he did not specify which countries he was talking about, after criticizing Israeli settlement building, Ban told the assembly: ‘I also reject both the language of delegitimization and threats of potential military action by one state against another. Any such attacks would be devastating.’”(Note 1)

You can see that there is no peace agreement still in 2012. For more information about Israel see the January/February 2002 issue of The Prophetic Messenger newsletter the article titled “I Will Bless Them That Bless Thee.”

b) 2012 A.D.
This is the year, 2012 A D., in which the Mayans predicted that the end of the world would come. Sadly many people who profess to be Christians believe this lie from the devil. In an article titled “2012 End-of-the-World Countdown Based on Mayan Calendar Starts Today” it says

“The countdown to the apocalypse is on. We’re one year away from Dec. 21, 2012, the date that the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar allegedly marked as the end of an era that would reset the date to zero and signal the end of humanity. But will it? There have been many end of times predictions over the years. Christian radio host Harold Camping faced widespread ridicule when his predictions that the world would end twice this year – on May 21, and then on Oct. 21 – failed to materialize. But in the flurry of doomsday predictions – there have been similar dire warnings about the world coming to an end from various cultures, including Native Americans, the Chinese, Egyptians and even the Irish — the supposed Mayan prophecy seems to have held the most sway with believers. The Mayan civilization, which reached its height from 300 A.D. to 900 A.D., had a talent for astronomy. Advanced mathematics and primitive astronomy flourished, creating what many have called the most accurate calendar in the world. The Mayans predicted a final event that included a solar shift, a Venus transit and violent earthquakes. Their Long Count calendar begins in 3,114 B.C., marking time in roughly 394-year periods known as Baktuns. Thirteen was a significant, sacred number for the Mayas, and they wrote that the 13th Baktun ends on Dec. 21, 2012.”(Note 2)

From the scriptures we see that the Word of God is clear about who will know about the return of Jesus Christ. It is the church, not the world. In I Thessalonians 5:4-5 it says “4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.”

2. What Can Christians Do To Not Be Deceived By False Predictions?

a) Know Your Bible
First, we have to have the Word of God which is the Old King James Version. We must study the word of God and put the scriptures in the right context. In II Timothy 2:15 it says “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ”

b) Do Not Add Or Take Away From The Word of God
We are warned by God in Revelation not to add or to take away from the word of God. Scripture also shows the punishment we will receive if we add or take away from the word of God. In Revelation 22:18 -19 it says “18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

One example of people adding to the word of God is the popular message that says Jesus Christ will return when the first trumpet sounds. This is message is very popular all over the world but it is not in the Bible. For more information about first trumpet see the article in the January/February 1999 issue of The Prophetic Messenger newsletter titled “Which Trumpet Is It?”

In closing, we have a book titled “Why Are So Many Christians Confused About Bible Prophecy? There are still many who are confused about the return of Jesus Christ. The book “Why Are So Many Christians Confused About Bible Prophecy?” points out scriptures which help to clear up some of the confusion that many have. If you would like more information about the book see below for ordering information.

Notes
1 - http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/25/us-un-assembly-ban-palestinians-idUSBRE88O0PA20120925
2 - http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/12/2012-end-of-the-world-countdown-based-on-mayan-calendar-starts-today/

Coming Up In The Next Issue

Are You Part Of God’s Army?- Part I. Read this article in the next issue of The Prophetic Messenger.

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