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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Truth in the Midst of Error--What the Bible ACTUALLY Says about the End of Time

"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." -- Mark 13:32

The context of Jesus' words in the verse above is the 'end of time' or the 'coming of the Son of Man.' Theologians have designated the Bible's teaching on the end times with the term 'the parousia' or the 'Second Coming of Christ.'

Jesus makes it clear that no one, not even He himself, knows the day or the hour when this will occur. Thus, if the Son of God doesn't know, and if the angels in heaven don't know, then how can a human being claim he/she knows?

But there is more about this from Jesus in Matthew 24:42-44-- "Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.But be sure of this,that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will."

Unlike misguided 'prophets' of today who insist that Jesus was speaking only about non-believers and not to believers, these verses make it clear he was addressing Christians specifically.

It is a huge mistake to make predictions about the coming of Christ. For 2000 years individuals have made such speculations. Invariably they are proved wrong. 

Jesus warned against it. Believers who obey the Lord will not engage in this behavior that makes Christianity the laughing stock of the world.

Prayer: 'O God, forgive all of us for the times we have mistakenly made assumptions that are contrary to your holy Word. We pray for those who are misguided and ask that you enlighten them as to their error. As your Word states, we watch and wait for the time when Your Blessed Son will return and make right all of the wrongs in this world of woe. We wait with great anticipation. Through Christ our Lord we pray, Amen.'

Song: This selection is an example of an 'old convention song' as it was known in the south way back in the early part of the 20th century. Nobody,perhaps,  could sing this type of song as well as the Goodmans. This one picks up and moves along. This is a clip from the long-running Gospel Singing Jubilee, and at the end of the song you will see producer Les Beasley (who sang lead with the Florida Boys and who hosted the show) join the Goodmans on the ending. 

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