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Summary: A message about how to respond to the prediction of the Lord's coming in May it was preached on the day after the prediction failed, May 23rd. Great for October prediction.

Our Response to Judgment Day 2011

Theme: To show how important it is for us to still believe

Text:

Introduction

As you can see from the Video there is a man named Harold Camping who has an organizations called family bible radio that has unsuccessfully predicted the rapture. What you may not know is that this is not the first time he has done this. He did this in 1994, Sept. Yet it failed also. He has not been the only man to have done this. There were many who have done this throughout the years. Dating back to the Corinthians

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed; in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?" The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1Co 15:51-58)

1Th 4:13-18 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Since then there has been hundreds documented and probably thousands more.

You may be familiar with some.

Recorded in 400AD Martin of Tours

1843 – 1844 William Miller – which was the founding of the Adventists church

Sadly good men have been duped into this: Hal Lindsey 1980’s, 2000, Pat Robertson 1982, 2000,

There is even an later date supposeably predicted by the Mayan Calendar which ends on December 21, 2012.

Problems

1. The scripture tells us plainly that no one know this date or time.

As for me, I would only like to highlight the fact that it was Jesus who said:

"Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming." (Matthew 24:42)

"Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." (Matthew 24:44)

And, as if that wasn't enough, He also said, in regard to His coming:

"But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only." (Matthew 24:36)

2. This takes away credibility from Christ and the Church

3. This waters down the truth of the rapture

What we learned

1. Any person can get the media attention, you just need a few ads and a few followers (they only had a little over 1,000 followers)

2. It is not hard to get a following.

3. Learn the scriptures

4. The Bible is still reliable no matter how many times people try to make it say what it is not.

Our Response Should Be

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Rom 13:8-14)

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