Tuesday, October 6, 2015

No One Knows

"But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." (Matthew 24:36)

"no one knows..."


And yet, to this day, men insist on disgracing their Lord by stating that they know the thing that He very clearly states that they don't.

To quote Mark Molloy's somewhat tongue-in-cheek article of October 6, 2015 in the Telegraph:
"Chris McCann, leader of the eBible fellowship and all-round God expert, believes the world will be engulfed and destroyed by a great fire on October 7.
The founder of the fellowship has been delivering his Doomsday warnings in his five-part podcast series, Why October 7, 2015, is the likely end of the world.
“According to what the Bible is presenting, it does appear that October 7 will be the day that God has spoken of,” he explains.
I don't recall that part of the Bible. Remind me of how Bronze Age Hebrews used the Gregorian calendar.
Of course, assuming that this guy has seen every new moon for the past 2000 years, he might be able to make whatever he claims as a Biblical date line up. So Mr. McCann, are you a vampire or a liar?
"He says it will be the day Earth “passes away”, adding: 'It’ll be gone forever. Annihilated.'"
Gone forever might be overstating it a bit:
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea." (Revelation 21:1)
"See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind." (Isaiah 65:17)
Mr. McCann tries to hedge:
"The modern-day prophet concluded “there is a strong likelihood” the world will end, but offered the disclaimer: “there’s an unlikely possibility that it will not""
And how, exactly, does the Holy One regard such hedging?
"You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?" If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed."(Deuteronomy 18:21-22)
And, to cut to the chase, if we back up one verse...
"But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death." (Deuteronomy 18:20)
You can see in this passage a parallel to  Deuteronomy 13, which demands the death penalty for those who attempt to draw you off to the worship of gods other than Yahweh. False prophecy is the other side of the coin, the push to Deuteronomy 13's pull. Lying in God's name delegitimizes Him before those who would otherwise believe, potentially costing their souls.

This world would have you believe that any attention is good attention. God's word clearly states otherwise. Christ Himself rejects date-setting, and God rejects the false prophet. Let liars take heed.

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