The world ended again today, and, frankly, I am getting a little tired of it. After all, the world has ended at least once a year for the past few decades.
Did you miss it? Never mind, it will happen again soon.
That you chuckled just now means you know that failed date setting is a cliche.
This time so-called prophecy experts peddled September 23rd all summer as being when the rapture would happen, the Lord would return, or a planetary collision would occur. Their predictions are all based on reading the signs in star constellations, Bible prophecies, and looking at (fake) news headlines.
Well, the day is here and gone… again. All date-setters need to be fired.
Granted, it is not only religious quacks that predict the end of the world. There is a fair share of secular apocalyptic predictions as well (climate change, aliens, asteroids, worldwide floods, pandemic disease, nuclear annihilation, robots, not lowering the toilet lid), but they are rarely accompanied by precise dates.
These sorts of hopeless scenarios are expected from unbelievers, but date setting most always comes from Christians holding a Bible in ignorance. For shame.
If you are going to speak in ignorance, put down your Bible first. Leave God out of it.
A Much Needed Rebuke
I am a bona fide dispensational Bible believing literalist who has a sure hope in the future visible physical return of Jesus Christ to gather his saints, judge the world, and reign in his kingdom.
Date-setters are often seen as belonging in my doctrinal house, and this is why I need to get the broom and beat out the dust bunnies. They are making a mess and there is no room for them behind any pulpit (digital or otherwise).
By doing this I will be labeled by some as a scoffer and not a true believer, but this is not a scoff. I believe someday Christ will return, and we are closer now than ever before (right?).
This is a correction, rebuke, admonition, and warning. Especially for the protection of those who are continually deceived by the good words and fair speeches of teachers who serve their own belly through promoting dates for the end of the world (Rom 16:17).
Let me be clear. Anyone who gave weight to dating September 23rd as Bible prophecy should not be teaching the Bible, and you should not be listening to them.
They are not qualified to teach God’s word. They need to retire with Hal Lindsey.
23 Reasons Why September 23rd Date Setters Should Get Off the Field
When I say they should be fired. I don’t mean simply stop date-setting. They should be stopped from teaching anything from the Bible (Titus 1:11). A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (Gal 5:9). Here are 23 reasons why:
It is telling that as the day approaches, descriptions of the actual events that will happen on “the day” will always be diminished, clouded in doublespeak, spiritualized, or moved to a future date. It’s almost as if the teachers themselves are not certain of the very thing they teach once the rubber meets the road.
The worst part of it all is after the date printed in millions of books and seen by millions of viewers is marked off the calendar with no consequence, the audience gives the teacher a free pass, a right to be wrong, and the cycle of abusing the scripture repeats.
I don’t know what’s worse: a teacher who doesn’t believe what he is teaching, or those sitting under him that continue to listen to his claptrap.
It’s time to stop subsidizing date setters and those who encourage them. Their date setting betrays their supposed judgment and understanding of God’s word. It might help us remember the poor judgment of these so-called experts if they branded their false dates across their forehead, so when they are talking we remember why we should not listen.
At the very least they should be ashamed and educated about how to study (2 Tim 2:15). Teachers should be warning against the errors of end of the world date-setting, not participating in it.
But they will never stop until you stop listening to them. Unsubscribe from their Youtube channels, turn their books into kitty litter, and avoid them (Rom 16:17; Titus 1:11).
Date Setting is Not What Dispensational Bible Belief Teaches
Date setting is not a ministry area for the dispensational Bible believing literalist. If someone is setting dates, they are not doing the Lord’s ministry today.
It doesn’t matter if they claim to teach the Bible rightly divided. When they started date-setting, they submitted their resignation and have become more of a hurt than a help to the body of Christ.
It doesn’t matter if they found a secret Bible code that purportedly explains the events of 9/11, the past four presidents, and the mole on your back. Explaining past events is not prophecy, and it takes just as much skill as finding shapes in the clouds. It is certainly not making all men see the mystery of Christ.
I understand the wickedness and sin that is in the world; the desire to see things made right (judgment); and the sure hope that we, as Christians, have in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (i.e the rapture), but date setting will not make it happen.
Next time someone sets a date for the end of the world, note that man, fire the teacher. Let it be God’s job. It is not yours to fill.
“It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” – Acts 1:7