Well, the sky is actually not falling but the reputation of the Christian faith around the world is. All because one man – a student of the Bible – had declared today, the 21st of May, the end of the world as we know it. He declared for every nation to hear that Jesus would be coming back at 6:00p Eastern time today and rapturing His Church – you know, up, up and away …
Well, I didn’t shave today and was dressed is sloppy “office clothes” because I was 100% sure that Jesus was not coming back and so did what I always do on an office day – go sloppy. I did not spend extra time in prayer or praise; I did not spend more time reading God’s Word than normally. You see, I may not be the scholar that the founder and leader of Family Radio is but I do know that Jesus told us – His disciples – that no man knows the season, the day, nor the time of His return. Even He does not know – only the Father knows.
So, Jesus did not come back, many of the false prophet’s followers are now disappointed but will probably continue to follow him anyways. Afterall, this is not the first time he has predicted the end of the world as we know it and been wrong. These followers are deceived and they will continue to be deceived because really they are being deceiving by demonic forces and not simply by one man who leads a ministry. Many of them quit their jobs, sold their homes and cars, cashed in their retirement funding, and simply waited for Jesus to take them off the planet. Jesus told us that in the end times many would fall away and that many would be deceived by the doctrine of demons. So, I am not surprised, just saddened.
But, as I watch the news today I notice signs of the impending disaster in many languages including Russia. I recognize some of the places these signs were hanging. I have been to those places and preached in those cities. And here we have a man who is destroying the reputation of good churches that care for and love people because of his misguided zeal for the Lord and lack of basic Bible knowledge. We have a man that has now given many non-believers a reason to write off those who are sincere and true disciples of the Lord by lumping everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord togther and labeling them lunitics and frutcakes.
Sad that this one man who rakes in millions a year for his ministry can destroy in one short campaign the work that many have done over the decades – and can, by his actions and words, turn off many in this generation who need to know the Lord and be truly converted and saved, born again.
2 Corinthians 11:4-5 states that many, in these last days, will believe another gospel, have a different spirit than the Holy Spirit, and will follow a different Jesus. And, it has happened once again. The god of this age – the devil – does not want this age to end because then he would no longer have power over those still living who are not believers. Only as solid, mature believers reach out with the true Gospel and the real Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, will we usher in the end of the age. When all nations have heard the true Gospel and the hope that comes through believing in Jesus He can return, not before.
Oh how quickly and easily we, like Eve of old, can be deceived and drawn away from the sincerity, simplicity and purity found only in the true Christ