What Part of “No One Knows” Do We Not Understand?
by Pastor Brian Chilton
Well here we go again—another occasion with another failed end-time prediction. The latest in the emergent amorphous collection of failed end-time predictions relates to what is popularly termed “the Four Blood Moons.” Some of the proponents of the Four Blood Moons prophecy suggested that Sukkot in September of 2015, following the lunar eclipse of the supermoon, would roll forth the end of the world as we know it. This follows a vast array of similar predictions, repackaged of course, which suggest the ultimate end of the world as we know it. Yet here we are. You are reading an article written by the author in a time that has come as a postscript to yet another failed “prophecy.” Unfortunately, the Four Blood Moons has joined a growing list of failed prophecies including, but not limited to: Grigori Rasputin’s claim that the would end on August 23, 2013; the Mayan Apocalypse of December 21, 2012; Ronald Weinland’s prediction of May 27, 2012; Harold Camping’s prediction of October 21, 2011; and even a suggestion by famed televangelist Pat Robertson that the Lord would return on April 29, 2007 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events). This leaves me with one thought…
WHAT PART OF “NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY OR THE HOUR” DO WE NOT UNDERSTAND???
Subscribers of this website know that I had great concerns pertaining to this recent Four Blood Moons hype. You can read my comments at https://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/does-the-four-blood-moon-prophecy-biblically-remain-in-orbit/. Yet, this fiasco brings me back to a pertinent message given by Jesus.
Jesus said in his famed message titled by scholars the “Olivet Discourse,”
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, not the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:35-38).
In this article, I would like to approach two concurrent issues as it pertains to such failed eschatological claims: 1) truths found in Jesus’ teaching, and 2) the problems behind eschatological date-setting…
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