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Like a thief in the night

May 18, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
I'm sure you've heard by now that Judgment Day is Saturday. That’s what the group Family Radio in California is predicting. They’ve sent out e-mails to warn everyone.

I’m sorry, but I just can’t get excited about this. I’m not that old, but I’ve seen numerous predictions for the end of the world — obviously all wrong, since we’re still here.

Seems every year, there’s somebody else who claims the end of the world will “positively, no doubt” be a particular date, and they can prove it by some complicated mathematical equations based on this passage in the Bible, or they claim God told them the date in a dream.

Every time I hear one of these predictions, I always think of Jesus telling His disciples, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man; no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” (Mark 13:32 KJV, cross reference Matt 24:36, 2 Peter 3:10, Rev. 3:3, and Rev 16:15). There’s also Matt. 24:43-44 (KJV), where Jesus says “But know this, that if the goodman (owner) of the house had known in what watch (time of the night) the thief would come, he would have watched and would not have suffered his house be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh." The Apostle Paul referenced this quote in his letter to the Thessalonians when he said “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” (1 Thess. 5:2-4)

Come on, if even Jesus doesn’t know, do you really think us little peon humans can “figure” it out?

Maybe this is sacrilegious, but I have a picture in my head of God throwing a dart at some heavenly wall and saying “Ha! That’s the date!”

For more information, see for a list of failed predictions through 1920 or for a list of the failed predictions, starting with Theudas in 44 AD and going through the present time.


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