End-Time Prophecy?

End-Time Prophecy?

End-Time Prophecy is unscriptural, if for no other reason – Jesus said no one except his Father would know, including Jesus!

·         Matthew 24:36 – no one knows, but the Father

·         Mark 13:32 – no one knows, but the Father

·         Acts 1:7 – those times are not for you to know

·         1 Thess 5:1-2 – “About the times and dates… you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” The day would come suddenly, without prior buildup.

The parables in Matthew 24 and 25 all indicate that Jesus’ true followers would have no idea of “End-Time.” They were to be ready at all times. Notice the wording:

·         Matthew 24:42 – you do not know the time

·         Matthew 24:44 – at a time you do not expect

·         Matthew 24:46, 50 – finds him working on a day he does not expect

·         Matthew 25:6 – in the middle of the night

·         Matthew 25:19 – after a long time

·         Matthew 25:37-39 – When did we see you? Even Jesus’ faithful “sheep-like” disciples would have no expectation of seeing Jesus again.

Jesus urges his followers to be actively working and serving his interests (the Kingdom) and not trying to figure out dates. In fact, the only ones who seem to have had any time frame in mind regarding Jesus’ return were the Wicked Slave and the Foolish Virgins.

·         “My master is delayed.” (Matthew 24:48)

·         “Our lamps are going out.” (Matthew 25:8)

Christians are commanded by Jesus to:

·         “Go, make disciples.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

·         “Be my witnesses all over the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Other proof of the fallacy of “End-Time Prophecy” are the hundreds, if not thousands, of failed prophecies of such end-times over the past 2,000 years. For starters, notice:

·         1 Corinthians 4:8 – you’ve already begun to rule as kings?

·         2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 – do not be easily troubled by a message as if from the apostles saying the Day is here.

Jesus warned repeatedly to be wary of false prophets:

·         Matthew 7:15 – be aware

·         Matthew 24:11 – many will come

·         Matthew 24:23-24 – many will come

What is a false prophet?

There are three tests to prove the prophets’ validity:

1.       Dt 13:1-; Dt 18:20 – If the prophet teaches things that contradict the Bible, or promotes false worship, then he is false, even if his message comes true.

2.       Dt 18:21-22 – If his prophecy proves false or fails to come true, he is a false prophet.

3.       Mt 7:15-23 – Their actions are contrary to the Bible.

Failure to meet any one of these three tests mean the person or organization is false.

At Luke 21:8, Jesus explicitly warned about date-setting predictions or schemes: “Many will come saying the time is near. Don’t follow them.”

When the prophecies of these self-proclaimed “prophets” fail, then they often deny that they were prophets in the first place.

“He will say: I am not a prophet.” (Zech 13:3-6)

The Bible accurately predicted that false prophets would attempt to hide their identity, or deny they falsely prophesied. No matter how they spin it, false predictions are still just that – false! Shun all such. End-Time prophecies are false by Bible definition.

 

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