Isa 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
Eph 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
The scriptures above tell us something profound as to what should guide our eschatological beliefs with regards current happenings and so take away fears from our lives .
So many of us are not getting our scriptures right because of our belief systems. Pandemic is not a sign of the end of the world neither the CoviD-19 plus G5 a prelude to the coming into effect A ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. We have had pandemic all through the years.
And the major causes of these predictions are actually coming from some of our brethren who feel that they have prophetic callings or because they have become a voice within the Body of Christ by reason of the size of their congregations, and so will muddle up scriptures that are already fulfilled eschatologically to buttress what they are saying as end time prophecies.
Before going into that, in this series of post I want to start with a catalogue of failed prophecies of the end of the world and the above scriptures are the reasons they have always field.
Primarily because, God’s agenda is different from what we are propagating as ministers of the Gospel. God’s ultimate goal is.
Rev.11:. 15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever…. 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth”
He wants to rule the world through his kingdom, hence the prayer” Our father which art in Heaven..THY KINGDOM COME THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS HEAVEN.. (Math.6:9-10) ..Not come take us away…
Let’s take a look at:
HISTORY OF LAST DAY’S FAILED PREDICTIONS.
The year 1,000 AD was phenomenon in history, as thousands had expected the return of Christ in January AD 1,000, because by Dec AD 999, everyone was on the best behavior, worldly goods were sold or given out to the poor , people headed to Jerusalem .Buildings were not repaired , criminals were set free from jail, men set up a one week trek to Jerusalem. AD 1,000 came and nothing happened.
The year 1033AD was cited as the end of the world as that would be 1,000 AD years from the death of Christ and so there was a massive pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Nothing happened.
Benedictus Areitus of BAERNE 1505-1547 calculated that 1260 AD years added to the year Constantine made Christianity the official religion. 312 +1260=1572 and that would be the year of Christ second coming . It never happened.
In 1650, the fifth monarchy men looked for Jesus to establish a theocracy. They took up arms and tried to seize England by force , but pthe movement died when the British monarchy was restored in 1660.
Christopher Columbus predicted that the end of the world would be 1656. It never happened.
In 1809, Mary Bateman who specialized in fortune telling ,had a magic chicken that laid eggs with end-time messages on them, with one message saying Christ’s second coming was imminent. The trick was discovered when she was caught forcing a marked egg into the chicken oviduct . Mary was later hanged for poisoning a wealthy client.
In 1814, spiritualist Joanna Southcott claimed that she would give birth to the second Jesus, thereby getting a crowd of people around when her stomach began to swell. At the time of her delivery she died only for autopsy to reveal that it was a false pregnancy.
John Wesley wrote that the Rev 12.14, “the times and half a time”were 1058-1836 when Christ should come .
Johann Albert Bengel 1687-1752 declared that the millennium would begin in 1836. He came up with date by the formula giving a total of 2520 days. Which was further interpreted to divide 666 by 42 months.
William Miller founded an end time’s movement that took on his name Millerism.
He determined that the second coming would be between 1843-1844. When by march 21 1844, Miller’s one year time table ran out, some of his followers set another date of October 22, 1844.This too failed collapsing the movement.
Charles Taze Russell proclaimed an invisible return of Christ in 1874. This was the original position of the watcher and tract society.
Russell after being exposed to the teachings of William Miller founded his own organization, the “Jehovah Witnesses”. And predicted the rapture in 1910 followed by the end of the world in 1914..From the [prophecy in Daniel 4 that referred to seven times, they interpreted each times to be equal to a lunar year of 360 days giving a total of 2520days.Measured from the starting date of 607 BC, setting 1914 as the target date for Armageddon. But when nothing happened, it was later interpreted to be the invisible return of Christ and a defeat of Satan by Michael in the heavenly realms.
David Davidson wrote a book entitled “The Great Pyramid, its divine message” .In it, he predicted that the world would end in Aug.1953, evidently influenced by the writings of Piazzi Smyth , a past astronomer royal of Scotland, who wrote a book in 1860, “Our inheritance in the great pyramid” that responsible for the spread of pyramidology around the worlds. Which postulate that secrets are hidden in the dimensions of the pyramids .So Smyth concluded from the research that the millennium would start before the end of 1960. Nothing happened.
Tim LaHaye, wrote in 1972 . There is no question that we are living in the last days, we are the generation that will be on the earth when the Lord will come. The Lord never came.
In 1967, the watchtower society predicted that 1975 is the likely date for the end of the world, since it was computed that, that will be the 6000th anniversary of the creation from Adam in the Garden in 1421 BC.
Hal Lindsay in 1980 declared that 1980s could be the very last decade of history as we know it . The 1980s countdown to Armageddon. He even alluded to the gulf war to be the end of human history same in the 80s.. Nothing happened, the world is still here.
Again, in 1984, the Jehovah witnesses predicted the end of the world in 1984.So their predictions started with 1974,1978,1881,1910,1914,1918,1925,1975,1984.
In Bill, Maupin of Tucson Arizona predicted that the rapture will take place in May 14 1988. We are still here.
A lot of prophecy writers have postulated that the rapture will take place in 1993 because year 2,000 was the end of 6,000 year circle, and the beginning of the millennium, then you would have to have seven years of tribulation preceding it. Nothing happened.
The watchtower and tracts society again, interpreted Ps 90:10 as the length of a generation to be 80 years, and since 1914 +80 equals 1994, they predicted Armageddon would occur around that year. No Armageddon
But in 1995 again they said, Armageddon is not coming, and that Armageddon has been delayed so the end of the world was no longer near. You will like that !
The year 2,000 was most significant for so many people, for in their reasoning and calculation, when you divide 2,000 by 3, you get the devils no 666.666666 ad infinitum. Therefore it was supposed to be a critical year. Nothing happened.
And so people like Grant Jeffrey, predicted that AD 2,000 is a probable termination date for the last day. The end of the world. Nothing happened.
Lester Summeral, in his Book, I predict AD 2000 the absolute fullness of man’s operation on planet earth “BY THE YEAR 2000 AD”.Then Jesus Christ shall reign from Jerusalem for 1,000 years .Nothing happened.
Same with Hal Lindsey that the year 2000 is the year for the Rapture. Sorry no rapture.
David Wilkerson said the world is ending in 2009. We are still waiting for 2009 to come maybe.
Harold Camping, said May 21st was the date for the second coming, later he moved the date to 21st of Oct .2009. The lord never came.
John Haggee, said, four blood moons will appearance in the sky between April 2014 and September 28, 2015 , And that will be the signal to the end of the age when God comes back to planet earth.
This is 2020, I don’t know if he has shifted his goal post also.
Isaac Newton the scientist
Newton, writing under the alias ‘Jehovah Sanctus Unus’ predicted the world would “reset” at 2060 at which point the Earth will once again become “the Kingdom of God”
Maybe his own will work since we are just in 2020..
But, what really is God’s Testimony concerning the Earth?
Ecl. 1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever..
AMP Eccl 1:4 One generation goes and another generation comes, but the earth remains forever. [Ps 119:90.]
Ps.119: 90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. 91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
Will man ever learn, that “… it is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” ..(Acts.1:7) .If only these can help us in our eschatology narratives.
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To be continued…