By Albert N. Milliron, Editor
“I know the exact hour that Jesus is coming” a Preacher said to his stunned congregation. After he let them gasp a bit, he said, “an Hour when you think not the Son of Man comes”. The Preacher quoted a scripture from Matthew 24:44 that called for Christians to be ready for the Second coming at all times. He went on to say that No Man, not even the Angels know that day or time Jesus will return to the Earth.
Even so, for years, Family Radio led by Harold Camping has been doing just that, setting times and dates for the Return of Christ and the Rapture, Each time he was wrong but went on to set yet another date based on some mathematical process that dates events more specifically than the information at hand allows.
This writer studied Theology from 1984-1987 at a conservative Southern Baptist college. In all of my studies, there is very little ability to pin point even the exact birth of Jesus, The crucifixion, or even the great Flood. The best scholars only have a Range of dates to use when identifying past events.
So what am I saying? Relax, while I do not know the exact hour or day, I am certain that Harold Campings Biblical dating process is fatally flawed. Now as a Believer in Jesus Christ, I would say that one should use this moment to evaluate ones life and see if one is in the Faith. If not, you may consider re-thinking your life. But please do not get sucked into folks who set a time and hour for the end of the world, as Jesus said, “No Man Knows the Hour“ Live your life as if today would be your last.
What I have noticed is how the media has handled this issue. This is bothersome to me. Rather than looking at this as a news item, they have used this story to Mocking Camping and the folks who are following his teachings. Why am I bothered?… the end times would be like in the days of Noah. Most folks think that Noah was mocked all the way up until the day of the flood.
So lets not Mock the Man, lets take his miscalculation as a time to Pause and look at our inward thoughts and outward behavior toward our fellow man. That would be the best way to enter May 21, 2011.
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