ARE YOU STILL HERE???
Will/did the world end on September 23, 2017? That’s the question many are or were asking in recent weeks. Since the full Solar Eclipse came across the United States on August 21st there has been a sudden surge of online videos and commentaries saying that September 23rd was the day. Perhaps you have read some.
In a nutshell, there are those that claim there were will be a sign in the heavens, an alignment of the stars and planets supposedly seen only once in 7000 years, that will occur on that date. A little research proves that claim is not true at all, and this supposed “Revelation 23 Sign” has happened many times before. This sounds more like Astrology than discerning God’s Word. Astrology is defined as the study of the heavens (sun, moon, planets, etc.) and their motions under the assumption that they influence events and human activities on earth. Unlike astronomy, which is the scientific study of the universe, astrology is based on a person's interpretation and the meaning they read into what they observe.
The idea that heavenly bodies control our destiny, rather than the Creator of all things, is an ancient delusion.
I have seen many of these online videos from these “prophetic preachers” in recent weeks, and their far fetch claims. First, let me be clear, Jesus is coming again, on that there is NO doubt. But will he come when some preacher/teacher predicts? Most likely not.
In my years of life, I have seen many end times predictions come and go. What is sad is that many that make these missed predictions keep coming back and making more, or making excuses, and people believe them.
I can think of one “End Time Commentator” that claims to hear from the Holy Spirit all the time. In the short time I knew him the Holy Spirit he heard kept changing his mind on a very frequent basis. Many projects his “ministry” started were never finished, poorly planned and in many cases abandoned or forgotten. The predictions that would happen in 2015 never came to pass, as many other before that time.
Jesus tells His disciples what people should know about His second coming in Matthew 24, beginning at the 22nd verse: 22“Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. 24“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. 25“Behold, I have told you in advance. 26“So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. 27“For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28“Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
While we should learn about the importance of the End Times, we should not be obsessed. When we are worrying about things we can’t control we cease doing the things God has called us to do.