Archive Post: Original blog post and comments from May 2011 can be found at http://feyisolas-inspiration.weebly.com/1/post/2011/05/5212011-why-we-need-to-read-our-bibles.html
Praise the Lord everyone! I am so thankful this evening because God continues to take the glory in every situation. I decided to write this bonus piece, as God laid this on my heart heavy this week.
A few months ago when the May 21st rapture claims came out, a great frenzy began as people started to 'prepare' for it. How did they prepare for it? By reading a book written by a man and using this as the basis for how to proceed with life. Many people quit their jobs and decided that they would just stop paying bill collectors. After all, rapture was coming on May 21st at exactly 6pm, right? It's true because some preacher said so.
Let's take a look at what the Bible says:
- "No one knows about the day or hour, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father" Matt 24:36
- "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house been broken into.So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." Matthew: 24:42-44
- "Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left." Matthew: 24:40-41
The word of God is so awesome, it tells us everything that we need to know. There are a few things that I want to address above. First, the Bible says that no one on heaven or earth knows the coming but God. Not even the angels. No one at all. This is actually repeated in Mark, so there are two opportunities for you to stumble on this exact quote, in addition to many parables alluding to this truth throughout the New Testament. It even stresses that He will come when you are not expecting it. This mean's it can't be on a revealed schedule! As soon as I first heard of this rapture concept, my thoughts went to this scripture. If God knows the entire story of the world from beginning to end, would He put this scripture in the Bible, and then send a warning through a person? Ponder on that.
The next thing I heard about was how believers of this rapture theory began to leave their jobs and not pay bills. But the Bible says that people will be taken while working and going about their normal activities. The Bible also says give unto Caesar what is Caesar's. Would this be written so plainly if God wanted us to schedule in the rapture and wait around for it idly? Would I even want to face judgement day with bills which I avoided intentionally? Ponder on that.
Children of God, the Bible is very clear about rapture, but unfortunately, people refuse to read it and get deceived. The Bible even clearly warns against these deceivers, but people don't get these messages because they put their trust into pastors instead of God. Into novels instead of the Bible. That isn't to say that you shouldn't respect your pastor or the word that he/she brings. It's important to have Christian teaching, but it is your responsibility to test everything and verify it in the Bible. Make sure that you have your own relationship with Christ and with your Bible. Even if you are a new Christian, use Google to research scriptures relating to what you need to verify or know. We are called to follow Christ, to read our Bibles and to be active members of Bible based congregations. Ensure that anything extra such as a mass cry, devotional or even this blog is aligned to what the Bible says. Find out for yourself! Your salvation is too costly to rely on anyone else to do it for you. It can even have a devastating affect on your journey here on earth. The next few weeks will show the aftermath of all of those who are now jobless with piles of bills due to this May 21st rapture theory, all due to failure to reference the Word of God.
Let's make the Bible our reference people. It's important. Your life and your salvation depends upon it!!