|Is May 21, 2011 the End of the World?
Due to the influence of a Radio preacher named Harold Camping, many people are enquiring as to the truth about the End of the World and wondering if Jesus will really return on May 21st 2011.
There are special blessings in store for those who study the prophecies - see Revelation 1:3
We will let the Bible give us an answer to this question.
A Crisis Over Religious Worship
The Bible indicates that immediately prior to the end of the world and the return of Jesus there will be a world wide religious crisis that is centered on worship.
"...and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast..." Revelation 13:3-4
You can read the entire thirteenth chapter of Revelation by clicking here: Read Revelation 13
The Bible says that Satan will work
miracles and lying wonders in order to deceive people into accepting his form of the Christian religion. Multitudes of people will not be deceived however, so he will work through the "beast" and the "false prophet." The "false prophet" will eventually use force via economic sanctions and a death decree to sustain the religious teachings of Satan's "beast" also known as the antichrist.
"And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Revelation 13:13-17
This prophecy is yet to be fulfilled so while we see the signs of the return of Jesus approaching, the end is not here yet, and thus we may safely conclude that 5-21-2011 will not be the date of the end of the world nor the return of Jesus.
Jesus warned His followers that prior to His triumphant return Satan would raise up many false prophets and even false Christ's in order to, if it were possible, "deceive the very elect." Matthew 24:24
Will there be a Secret Rapture?
Jesus plainly stated that when He returns, it won't be in secret, in fact He said that all the angels of heaven will be with Him.
If you are alive at that time, you won't be able to miss it, even if you wanted to.
"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:30-31
See also Matthew 24:26-27 and Matthew 25:31. If you want to learn more on this subject you can listen to an audio message at BibleRapture.com
That Day and Hour Knoweth No Man
In addition to the previously mentioned items, Jesus plainly stated that no man would know the specific day nor
hour of His return.
"But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." Matthew 24:36
Clearly, Harold Camping is wrong about May 21st, 2011 but the saddest part of his date setting is that after it passes there is the real potential that multitudes will be into lulled into a false sense of security.
It is also likely that many will be influenced, by memories of this event, into mocking God's warnings and true messengers as the real crisis of Revelation 13 begins to take place.
Our prayer is that you will study the Bible and the prophecies yourselves, comparing anything that any preacher, teacher, book, or website says with the scriptures. See Acts 17:10-11
John and Lisa
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