Well, May 21st came and went, and Jesus did not rapture the church on Harold Camping’s timetable.
I would not have minded, I’m ready to go. I hope you are too.
There is at least one good thing that has come out of the “Family Radio” hoopla.
People are talking about the rapture, the end of the world, and bible prophecy.
I think it is important that people consider what is going on in the world today in light of what the scripture teaches. Jesus did describe His own return in detail in Matthew 24. Paul likewise described the days Just before the return of Christ, in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 he lays it out…
“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.”
One can look at the descriptions Jesus gave, the descriptions that the Apostle Paul gave and see clearly, that the world will be in a lot of turmoil just before the return of Christ. Certainly the days we live in line up pretty well, more so than any time period man has seen.
The bible also addresses those who are skeptical about the return of Christ,…
Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3,4
Unfortunately, this failed Camping prediction, has only given skeptics another chance to mock the church, and the bible. It’s important to remember that although Camping’s predictions and his math are askew, the doctrine of the rapture, and the return of Christ, do not rest upon a man, but on the promise of scripture and Jesus Himself. Jesus spoke of His own departure and return, recorded in John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, ye may be also.”
Paul wrote about the rapture, or “catching away” of the church…
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” – 1Thess.4:16,17
The question should not necessarily be “when” will Jesus come. His return is a certainty.
The important question, is when He comes will he find you waiting in faith and hoping in Christ, or trusting in yourself and this present world?
For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” –Romans 10:11