Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).
In case you didn’t know … the world is supposed to end in twenty days … or will start to end depending on which prophet you ask. Financial collapse, natural disasters, famines, comets, asteroids, blood moons, plagues, wars: all caused because American Christians haven’t kept the Jewish laws of Shemitah (not a Biblical word).
Since when in your lifetime have these things not occurred at least once every decade? Remember the Mayan Calendar of 2012? Y2K? 88 Reasons Jesus is coming in 1988? or 1994 or 2011? Why is America the nation to cause the end of the world?
Don’t misunderstand me. The Bible says that Jesus will return in the clouds to take His Church to Heaven (John 14:4) and come at a time when no one expects Him and a day and hour which no one knows (Luke 10:22). He will judge the wickedness of this world, reward the righteous, and be glorified above all things. The kingdom of God will come and Christ will reign over the world for a thousand years. The problem is that unlearned and rebellious people follow false teachers into every deception, never thinking twice or rightly dividing the Word of truth.
Forget the conspiracy stories and false prophets who take advantage of Biblical ignorance to sell books and “systems” promised to warn and protect their followers. (Why are these prophets making so much money if they don’t expect to be around to spend it???) I expect liars and con-artists to arise, hobbling together a patchwork of proof-texts taken out of context.
I’m more irritated by people who, when the so-called words from the Lord fail, go on to follow yet another fad. These same ignorant church people purposely disregard the Bible.
God told Israel that anyone who claimed to speak for Him, and whose words didn’t come to pass exactly as foretold, was to be killed (Deuteronomy 13:1-5). The Apostle Paul said that Christians are to avoid false teachers (Romans 16:17). Instead people are duped by these false prophets and their unspecific prophecies while the one who preaches the simple and straightforward Word of God is ignored.
One of the great Bible teachers of the past century lamented that people will line up around the block to hear the newest fad but wont go to hear the old, old story of Jesus preached from the Bible.
Not much has changed in pop-Christianity, nor do I expect it to change.
PS: The world will not end on some Jewish holy day in September, nor will it begin to end.