Will the World Come to an End in 2017?

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A fundamentalist website called Signs of the End Times claims that the world will end in 2017.

According to Christian Today and Christian Headlines.com  “the website points to various current events to make a case that the signs have aligned to signal the end of the world and the second coming of Christ.”

“The signs the website points to include natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes and also cultural shifts, such as the cultural attitude toward sexual immorality, as well as increased persecution of Christians.”

“The Biblical signs are clear for all to see, and after reading through this site with open eyes, even the scoffers will struggle to argue against it,” says the website.

“Sure, many people throughout history have been proclaiming that they were living in the last days and the end of the world was nigh, and some of the Bible signs have always existed from the early days. But never has there been a time before when ALL these events were evident in so many diverse places and with such frequency and intensity.”

The website further claims, “Our Generation is the FIRST generation to fulfill ALL the biblical signs. So we will show you from the many following signs on this and other pages, that without doubt we are living in the final years that the Bible prophesied were to come.”

‘We will be without excuse if that day of Christ’s return comes upon us like a thief in the night and catches us unaware. We need to heed the signs and get ready.”

It is ironic that this piece was published on the same day that I wrote about the second coming from 2 Peter 3:9-10. Peter affirms by inspiration that the “Day of the Lord” will indeed come “as a thief in the night.”

When the apostles asked Jesus what would be the signs of the His coming He responded this way. “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” Then he used the thief analogy to illustrate His point.

“But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.” (Matt 25:42-43)

I will say that the web site is right about one thing. People have been predicting the second coming for centuries. Three theologians said the world would end in 500 A.D. Various clerics predicated Christ’s coming at the end of the first Millennium, January 1, 1000. Past predictions have targeted the years 1260, 1370, and 1700. Charles Taze Russell, the first President of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah’s Witnesses, said Christ would come in 1874.  The “Witnesses” have made several other failed predictions through the years.

In more modern times the end of the world has been predicted by religious leaders Herbert W. Armstrong, Jerry Faldwell, Harold Camping and Jack Van Impe. In fact, there have been well over 200 documented predictions regarding the end of the world. Obviously all such prophesies have not come to pass.

The “signs” all these prognosticators point to are misapplied passages from the book of Revelation and Old Testament prophets. While space forbids an analysis of these claims on this blog, the plain statements of Jesus prove there are no signs that predict His Second coming. In fact, Jesus said neither He nor the angels know when it will be. Only the Father knows (Mk. 13:36).

It would be well to accept  the fact that the Bible is silent on this matter. And to heed the warning of Jesus. “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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