False prophets hurt everyone, really. Maybe the Lord should have been a little less cryptic when planning his return trip and thus save us the trouble of guessing when he’d be needing the guest room.
I found a couple letters to The Muskegon Chronicle worth a look. The first is all about how Judgment Day is mere months away and the second is complaining about that letter, but not for a reason that makes much sense to little ole atheist me.
First letter first (breaks added):
Sure, we know that Israel became a nation again in 1948 and that was to be a big fulfillment of prophecy of His imminent return, and a gigantic sign of the end of the world (Matthew 24: 32-34, Luke 21:25-32), but it’s been over a half century now since “The Fig Tree came into leaf.” What is there more specific to update us? I
I Peter Chapter 3 deals with God’s judgment upon the world in Noah’s day with a flood and says it’ll be by fire when Christ returns. But there’s a very cryptic statement in verse 8. “But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
We know from Genesis that the flood began on the 17th day of the second month of the 600th year of Noah’s life and that God told him, “For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain 40 days and 40 nights.” From the year of the flood, in 4990 B.C. to 2011 is precisely 7,000 years.
The seven days that Noah had to get into the ark are 7,000 years that the world has to get into Christ, the ark being a type of Christ. The 17th day of the second month of the Jewish calendar corresponds to our May 21.
At least the second writer makes an attempt to mock this guy’s hobby, but he’s still buying into the idea that a second coming is coming. He just doubts the rightness of setting such a specific date.
You see, this does more harm than help. Some people laugh and ridicule the Bible and make fun of Christians because of these false prophets. This hurts the Lord. Jesus said “But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angles (sic) of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matt. 24:36)
By the way, the seven days were the time Noah was loading the animals in the ark, before the flood came. What about the seven days Noah stayed in the ark after the dove did not return?
Seven thousand years after the Judgment Day before a new earth? Crazy!
Never mind days on the ark, apparently it was 40,000 years of rain then, too, yes? That’s kind of more than 7000, so this is several stops past Crazytown and it bemuses me to think that people care enough about this issue to compose letters to newspapers. Aren’t there any overgrown yards to winge about over there? That is at least a problem with a solution.