May 21, 2011 at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time?

May 22, 2011 – 1:32 pm

Today, May 21, 2011 at 6 p.m. Central Standard Time, is being proclaimed by some in this world that great and catastrophic disasters will befall the earth.  However, it is also proclaimed by some that “The Rapture” will occur  just before this world-wide devastation begins!

I will not judge those making these statements.  I will not agree or disagree with the belief that these things can and will happen.  What I will say to anyone and at anytime is that we are told clearly and plainly in God’s Holy Word, The Holy Bible, all of the following:  1) All of the above – the world-wide devastation; the Second Coming of our Christ in which all who are “Justified in The Spirit” will meet our Christ in the clouds just prior to the prophesied worldly devastation.  2) However, the Scriptures tell us that there will be those who come saying when Christ will return and all that will occur at that time.  Jesus tells us to “beware of false prophets” (1 John 4:1-31 John 4:1-3
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4 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  

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).  The Bible even says that there will actually be those who proclaim themselves to be “The Christ” (Mark 13:21-22Mark 13:21-22
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21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: 22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.  

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).  3) The Bible records Jesus saying that even “He” will not know when the exact time of “His Return” will occur.  He clearly states that ONLY The Father knows the exact time this will happen (Mark 13:32-33Mark 13:32-33
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32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.  

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)! 4) Jesus also tells us that “His Return” will be as a thief breaking into someones house at the least expected time (Luke 12:39-40Luke 12:39-40
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39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.  

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Based on the above referenced scriptures, I can only believe that we will not “know” the exact time Jesus will call us up to join Him or when the worldly devastation that has been prophesied will occur.  Having said all of the above, does this mean that I and all other believers have got to be “on our toes” every moment of every day?  No!  But first, there is one over-whelming qualification: we must “live” our Christianity and not just “speak” it! Second, Jesus told us in His Scriptures that there will be “signs” to alert us that our Heavenly Father’s Decision will soon be coming (please read the 24th chapter of Matthew for this Biblical verification)!  However, God’s choice of when His Son will Return and the “time” between the “signs” Jesus alerted us to in His Holy Word are NOT determined by “worldly clocks and calendars!”  God does not operate on “our time” and we need to accept and get use to this Heavenly Reality!

Hence, we will never know the “time of God’s Decision.”  So what are we to do?  How can we get ready?  What will happen if we are not acting like a good Christian is supposed to be acting at the exact time He chooses for Jesus’ Return?  I’m sure there are more questions that would come to mind if we considered this Spiritual Reality very long.

So, is there anything positive that can come out of those attempting, good intentions or not, to alert everyone to get their “act in order” before this exact date and time they believe “The Return of Christ” will occur?

Remember we are instructed in The Bible that God will always make good things out of bad or incorrect happenings in this world (Romans 12:19-21Romans 12:19-21
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19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.  

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; Romans 8:21-28, 31Romans 8:21-28, 31
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21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. the...: or, every creature 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. because: or, that 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  

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; Psalms 34:15-22Psalms 34:15-22
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15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. 16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. unto...: Heb. to the broken of heart of a contrite...: Heb. contrite of spirit 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. desolate: or, guilty 22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. desolate: or, guilty  

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; Genesis 50:20Genesis 50:20
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20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.  

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).  So what do we know that would be good that will come from this human and worldly prediction of worldly devastation and that Jesus’ Return will all occur today, May 21, 2011 at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time?

The “good” is that it should re-affirm for all believers that no one, not even Christ Himself, can know the time of His Return!  Thus, we should be – no, we MUST be ready!!!  Ready for His Return by “living the Christian Life” every moment of every day (Matthew 25:11-13Matthew 25:11-13
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11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.  

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Is this truly possible – after all, we’re all “human.”  No, sadly for Jesus and ourselves, each of us will backslide, mess up and just plain make mistakes!  Daily, we too often let “self” determine our actions and thoughts.  Only the Holy Spirit of God can Know when any one of us has put “self” in front of His Spirit one time too often!!!  This is Biblically Known as “the Unpardonable Sin” (Matthew 12:31-32Matthew 12:31-32
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31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.  

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, Luke 12:10Luke 12:10
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10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.  

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However, we must remain diligent and always be on the “alert” as to the temptations and lies of the evil one, satan (1 John 4:1-61 John 4:1-6
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4 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  

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).  Satan has already brought his followers out to use this most recent “forecast” to demean the Concept of “The Rapture.”  If there WERE to be natural disasters at 6 p.m. tonight – even far greater than what the earth has experienced in these past months, don’t be at all surprised when satan and his followers use these terrible occurrences to justify them saying that, “Look, Jesus didn’t return after all, so how can we believe anything The Bible says.”

So please, let us take each and every day as the “possible” last day and live our lives accordingly!!!  Only then will we be able to partake of The Eternal Salvation provided by our Lord and Savior, Jesus!!!

Praise be to our Lord!!!  And whenever His Second Coming does occur, we are so looking forward to Eternally knowing each of you!!!

 

P.S.  Unfortunately we could not get this post finished prior to 6 p.m., May 21, 2011 due to events outside of our control.  Please note that this post was completed on May 22, 2011!  Whether it’s two seconds, two days, two years or 2000 years for the Second Coming and The Rapture to occur – ONLY GOD KNOWS the exact time and date!!!  However, each of us must live our lives as if in the next second it could be the Reality of Eternity beginning for each of us – in one of two places!

 

 

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