WILL JESUS RETURN MAY 21?
“Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come. “It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. “Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. “What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!'”
Mk. 13:33-37 NASB
There have always been people that make predictions about the date of Christ’s return (Jesus called these people false prophets). The Lord clearly told us that we could recognize the spiritual seasons we live in but no one could know the day or the hour of His return. The most recent prediction is May 21, 2011. This prediction was made by Harold Camping who has also made other predictions of the return of Christ in the past that obviously proved to be wrong, there must be good money to be made making false prophecies.
One of those previous predictions of the coming of the Lord was October of 1988. Many Christians bought in to that prediction, even some of my friends. I remember a Sunday just before the predicted date someone put tracts with this prediction on all the cars in our church parking lot. This made me think about the ridiculous fruit of these predictions, when Christ comes, what will determine if you are ready? It seems the implication of these messages is that you must believe their prediction in order to be spiritual and to be really safe. Nothing could be further from the truth. Being prepared for that great day has nothing to do with knowing dates. Being prepared for the coming of Christ is all about the heart. Jesus warned us about being spiritually asleep when the day of His coming arrives. Having a daily, personal relationship with Christ is what it takes to be ready for the return of Christ. Do you have a daily walk with the Lord?
The story I am always reminded of when I think about the Second Coming, is the parable of the ten virgins. Jesus told this story as an illustration as to what being ready would look like. Five of the virgins had no oil in their lamps and were called foolish, they were fast asleep when the Master returned. Five were called wise because their lamps were full of oil, when their Lord returned, they were ready. Of course the meaning of this story is obvious, the oil is a picture of the Holy Spirit. When a Christian walks with Christ, he is continuously filled with the Spirit, his lamp stays full of oil. The person who neglects Christ has an empty lamp. How is it with you today, is your lamp trimmed and burning? Mr. Camping has been wrong before, but what if he gets lucky this time, will you be ready?