I don’t know when Christ will return. Anyone who says he does know is a liar.
Live every day as if God were arriving on the next plane. He wants up to be happy while we wait.
“The Rapture occurred. God found no one worthy of taking.”
- Harold Camping
Hey folks, Harold Camping probably skipped town with the ministry portfolio.
BTW, this book was written in 1881; you wouldn't believe how accurate it is!
In the late nineteenth century, Father Charles Arminjon, a priest from the mountains of southeastern France, assembled his flock in the town cathedral to preach a series of conferences to help them turn their thoughts away from this lifes mean material affairsand toward the next lifes glorious spiritual reward. His wise and uncompromising words deepened in them the spirit of recollection that all Christians must have: the abiding conviction that heavenly aims, not temporal enthusiasms, must guide everything we think, say, and do.
When Father Arminjons conferences were later published in a book, many others were able to reap the same benefitincluding fourteen-year-old Thérèse Martin, then on the cusp of entering the Carmelite convent in Lisieux. Reading it, she says, plunged my soul into a happiness not of this earth. Young Thérèse, filled with a sense of what God reserves for those who love him, and seeing that the eternal rewards had no proportion to the light sacrifices of life, copied out numerous passages and memorized them, repeating unceasingly the words of love burning in my heart.
Now the very book that so inspired the Little Flower is available for the first time in English.
Let the pages of The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life fill you with the same burning words of love, with the same ardent desire to know God above all created things, that St. Thérèse gained from them. Let them also enrich your understanding of certain teachings of the Faith that can often seem so mysterious, even frightening:
Jesus commands us to be ever-watchful for his return, and ever-mindful that we have no lasting city on earth. The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life is an invaluable aid to inculcating in your spirit that heavenly orientation, without which true human happiness cannot be foundin this world or the next.
This stupidity has been used by some anti-Christian forces to portray how wrong and stupid Christians are. To that, I usually say, “All Muslims try to kill Americans!” Well, perhaps some Muslims don’t. Still, unlike these Christian leaders, Muslim leaders didn’t even try to denounce the statement publicly.
"The world didn't end. I told you not to worry. See Mark 13:32
"NO ONE knows the day when these things will happen;not the angels nor THE SON HIMSELF! Only the Father knows"
It is not Scripturally necessary to teach that the Lord Jesus Christ, sitting presently at His Father's Right Hand does not NOW know the day or hour of His future return.
It was in the present-tense of His earthly ministry, in "the days of His flesh," (Hebrews 5:7) when men knew Him after the flesh (2 Cor. 5:16), in His humiliation, that he, along with the angels, were not cognizant of His future return ---- which, by the way, is not a reference to the rapture of the Body of Christ, but to His coming to earth to reign from David's Throne (Ps. 2; etc.)
To teach that the Glorified Christ STILL(in OUR present) is ignorant of the time of His future return is unnecessary to New Testament doctrine.
It illustrates a big missing principle in Rick Warren's study of the Scriptures, and why he gets so many other things fouled up as well. He doesn't even know how to read and interpret past, present, and future tenses in the contexts of the pasts, presents, and futures to which they belong.
The damage this Nut does to the message Christians are trying to get out to the unsaved is unmanageable. Using phrases like The Bible Guarantees It, only makes it harder for our missionaries and evangelist to discuss the Gospel with those who dont know the Bible, particularly in foreign lands where much of his advertising was done.
And when discussing prophecy and end-time events with others we will be forever doing damage control, when they come back with wasnt that supposed to happen back in May of 2011?
This is why Jesus gave a special warning in Mathew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Could it be because our Lord WANTS us to proclaim the good news of the Gospel to others?
“We’ll get it right one of these days.”