Thursday, May 19, 2011

See you tomorrow! And probably the next day too)

For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:2

How can I put this politely?


It is bunk. Most of the malarkey you hear from fundaMENTAList Christians about a rapture, millennialism, the tribulation and Jesus' second coming are not found in the Bible. They're not really in the book of Revelation or Daniel or Ezekiel. They're not even in the Apocripha.

Most of them were made up in the 1800's by a  guy named John Nelson Darby who wrote his own interpretation of the Bible.

Darby came up with a messed up idea called dispensationalism. Basically he thought that God arranged these times for providing salvation.

"Special-dispensationalists" believe after all the saved people are raptured up into Heaven, everybody else will have a second chance to change their minds and believe after all. Right-wing radical Christian-conservatives who support the state of Israel unconditionally hope that that's when all the Jews will suddenly become Evangelical Protestants. They seem to think that Jesus will return to a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem.

Hyperdispensationalists (including Darby), on the other hand, believe that once Stephen was stoned in the book of Acts, God closed the door on any Jews ever receiving salvation. I wonder if that's not at the root of so much antisemitism in the United States.

There won't be a rapture tomorrow because there's no such thing as the rapture. It's not in the Bible, it's a false doctrine, so misinterpretation by a nineteenth century crank who- like a lot of misinformed Christians, probably wanted to scare people into obeying whatever they say. Grrr! "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many...if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him." ~Matthew 24:11, 23

I don't think that Jesus will come back for us tomorrow. Mind you, I'm not willing to say with absolute certainty that Jesus won't come back tomorrow. Why? It must have been something Jesus said- "But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone."~Mark 13:32

I think it's really ironic that Jewish/agnostic comedians like Jon Stewart and John Fugelsang know this verse, but apparently an awful lot of people who call themselves Jesus' followers don't.

By the way, I'm not too worried about missing Him either, because He said, "For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be." ~Matt 24:27. So I'm guessing that it'll be fast and it'll be BIG.

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