Archive for December, 2012

Reason #1: Because some stupid person predicted that it would.

I can’t help but think about Edgar Whisenant’s book titled “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988,” and how it sold nearly 5 million copies. He was a NASA engineer, therefore he had a certain amount of credibility, right? Well, he was wrong too. But, what surprises me is that he didn’t start a new denomination, like one of the previous predictors, William Miller. Miller predicted that Jesus would return in April 1844 and when that date came and passed he set a new date of October 1844. After that disappointment he just started a new church of which many branches took off from, such as Advent Christians and Seventh-day Adventist.

Even your humble blogger got caught up in “The End Times” nonsense after I read Hal Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth,” and “The 1980’s: Countdown to Armageddon.” But alas, here I am, still here on December 22, 2012, having lived past his next prediction of the year 2000. We have also lived past Pat Robertson’s April 2007 date.

These predictions are not a recent phenomenal by any means nor is it restricted to any part of the world. It has been going on even before the birth of Christ. The Roman’s believed that the world would end in 389 BCE. One of our great early church founders, Irenaeus, predicted Jesus would return in the year 500. How about that great explorer Christopher Columbus’ claim that it would end in the year 1658?

Then there’s one of my favorites, because of the Antichrist number 666, the year 1666 was to be the end. In the 1930’s Herbert W. Armstrong had to revise his dates three times, but we are still here. People just can’t leave it up to God. They just want to get into his business. (I’m not talking about this lastest group of Dec. 21, 2012 doomsday preppers.) By and large the “Christians” are good well meaning people, that just refuse to listen to Jesus words when he said, “Even the angels in Heaven don’t know when that day will be,” Matthew 24:36.

Let’s take a look at how many end time predictions have been documented since the first century. There have been 21 of them since the year 2000. 18 in the 1990’s, 14 in the 1980’s, only 4 in the 1970’s with 5 in the 1960’s. From the 1900’s through the 1950’s, there were only 17 end time predictions, but 22 in the 1800’s, and from the 1500’s through the 1700’s there were 40 predictions, and only 24 of them from the 1500’s back to the first century. How many is that? 150 give or take a few given that I might have missed some. So, there really should be 150+ reasons why the world did not end on December 21st, instead of the 88.

Now for those of us of the Christian faith, there is a lesson in the 88 reasons, leave the “End times” up to God. Live each day as if it could be your last, and share the good news that Jesus Saves.

Reason #88: Because, it is not time yet…


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Dilemma on I-75

The story you are about to read is true. The names have been changed, however not to protect the innocent, but rather to protect me from retaliation, murder, or other unspeakable acts that would occur from a certain small person. I have seen the damage that even a small piece of C4 can do, and I’m taking no chances.

Nell approached the motor home and said to the man there; “Excuse me sir, I really hate to ask you this, but I’m in a really bad way, and I think I will die before I make it to the exit.”

The nearest exit was about a mile away, and not a tree or bush in sight. Traffic had stopped completely, to the point that people were playing ball and having tailgate parties. However, about an hour into the jam, stress levels begin to rise to extreme levels. Now it has been well documented that men are seven times more stressed than women in traffic jams, but Ben was the exception. While Nell was squirming in her seat, Ben was calmly taking it all in while drinking a coke from his ice chest.

Nell: “When is this going to end?” Ben: “Well, I’ve worked a lot of accidents and these things take time. You can’t rush it.” “Can’t you go around these cars to the next exit?” “No, that is a good way to cause an accident.” Well, I’m fixing to have one of my own if you don’t do something soon.” “You can have my coke can when I finish.” “Now what am I going to do with that?” “I’m just saying” “Well, say something that will get me to the next exit.” “You could walk.” “WHAT?”

“Look, you’re the one that has to go, so quit looking at me like that, what do you expect me to do?” “GET ME TO THE NEXT EXIT NOW!” “Well, you are going to have to start walking, and if the traffic starts to move before you get there, I will pick you up.”

“You didn’t have to slam the door, dear.”

So, my friend Nell starts to walk, and the more she walks the more the pressure is on her. She can see the exit but it looks a hundred miles away. She looks for bushes, trees, anything that she can get behind. She asked a couple of ladies it they had a blanket or a sheet or something that they could hold up for her. Alas, no such luck.

Finally, Nell spots a motor home up ahead, and waddled up to it. There was a man standing by it and she pops the question to him, which he replies that it’s not his motor home, that it belongs to the two ladies standing over there. They happily let her use the motor home. Afterwards, the traffic starts to move and Nell stands by the road till Ben moves up and said; “Hop in, darling, we will be at the exit in a couple of minutes.”

I must note that today she never travels without a 32oz. cup. Ah, life is good…

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