Jesus REALLY is coming soon. BE READY!!!
There is a false doctrine presently (as of January, 2011) being massively promoted by Christians around the United States, at least, to the effect that the End of the World will come on May 21. This view is setting up at least thousands of Christians for a "Great Disappointment" (see below). It will bring enormous ridicule to the Christians and discredit the Christian Faith in the eyes of the unsaved world. It may precipitate financial disasters on Christians who act on the falsehood. It may shut down churches. Overall, it is certain to cause much harm to the cause of Christ. This page is intended to help Christians to avoid this snare of the devil, and defend the Christian Faith in the eyes of the world. The author of this site has already sent a hard copy letter to one Christian ministry that is promoting this falsehood. What follows is based on that letter, with some additional content.
(To the EBible Fellowship, Sharon Hill, PA)
I am writing this to inform you that in my well informed opinion you and your affiliated ministries are setting yourselves and many other Christians up for another “Great Disappointment”, a la William Miller’s false prophecy of 1843-4. Miller preached that the world would end and Jesus would come in 1843. When that didn't happen, he decided it would be 1844. (Of course, that didn't happen either. Then he gave that up, and he and his followers - those who didn't leave, that is - started the Seventh Day Adventists.
It’s not that we can’t know at all when Christ will come again, but Jesus Himself said that we can’t know the exact date. Furthermore, you seem to be basing your beliefs on the teachings of Harold Camping. Don’t you know that he predicted the end of the world in 1994? He was wrong! By setting a new date, he is making the same kind of compounded error that William Miller made. Others have done the same thing; when time proved them wrong about one date they set, instead of repenting, they just went ahead and set another date. And other Christian fools still believe them. It's like what is written in 2 Peter 2:22;
"But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. "
"When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. "
No Christian should listen to Harold Camping! God has not spoken through Harold Camping, any more than He did through William Miller.
The May 21 falsehood is the same kind of thing as the 2012 hysteria, which has been going on for several years, except that it's mainly Christian. But its being mainly Christian doesn't make it true.
Before I go into this further, let me tell you briefly who and what I am: I am a Baptist minister’s son. Though I didn’t actually get saved under my Dad’s ministry, I grew up getting the Bible and the Christian Faith ‘shoved down my throat’. I have never attended a Bible College or Seminary. However, at the age of 67, I have been a Born Again Christian for 43 years. Most of that time, I have been, as a layman, involved in some form of ongoing Christian ministry; some times voluntarily and some full time. In addition to running this Web site, I am presently one of the principle lay leaders of a church in Brooklyn, NY. A major part of my Christian work has been teaching the Bible at the adult level. I have been doing that for over 30 years. In connection with that, I am also a Christian writer. Regarding the Second Coming of Christ, I have been studying Second Coming Prophecy since 1971, and have independently come to my own conclusions, which I have publicized. Although I have never had the kind of fame Harold Camping has had, this Web site has been up for over 13 years and I don’t see it coming down anytime soon.
In this site, I present a radical view of Prophecy that is original to me in the way I put it together. That is, other people have come up with some of the same ideas, but no one puts it together the way I do. My message is also unusual in that I emphasize being ready rather than dwelling only on what will happen. However, it is solidly based on the Scriptures, and secondarily on reality, in the sense of science, history and current events. The message was first circulated in a series of tape-recorded lectures I gave in the late 1980’s. Since then, global events have already given real-world support to some of what I say. For example, I say that the Beasts of Revelation will come from Islam. Since the attacks of 9/11/01, many Christians have come to agree with me.
From the Scriptures, I have discerned several basic requirements for being ready for the Second Coming. One of them is having Biblically accurate expectations concerning what will happen. Too many Christians don't. Christians with false expectations are doomed to a "Great Disappointment", at the least, and ultimately, a terrible surprise. That includes everyone who believes the May 21 falsehood.
Now: I believe that when in
Matthew 24:36(and also Mark 13:32) Jesus said,
“ But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
…He meant that we cannot know the exact date or time of day of the Second Coming, period. (However, that doesn’t mean we can’t have any idea when Jesus will come. See below.) That is what you claim to know, and in my view that in itself proves you wrong beforetime. You believe against the clear word of Scripture. You are deceived!
For the record, I do have an idea of when the events related to the Second Coming will begin, but only an approximate year; the year 2021 plus or minus two years, when I expect the Great Tribulation to begin. I have an argument for this idea that is based on Biblical precedents, but does not include any lengthy calculations. There are Biblical precedents for periods of time being prophesied and fulfilled. My prediction is based on a prophesied period of time that to my understanding has not been fulfilled. See my Web page “When Will Jesus Come Again?”.
However, I see no Biblical reason; i.e. no doctrines or precedents, to believe that we can find the date of the Second Coming by lengthy calculations. Right now, I know of several other Christians and/or Christian groups who have used that basic approach to try to figure out the date of the Second Coming. They all have come up with different dates. Another one was proven wrong by history this past March. Others have similarly been proven wrong in the past, and if you really know Christianity and the subject of Second Coming Prophecy, then you know that this is true. That in itself shows that that approach to knowing the “when” of the Second Coming is fallacious.
Scripturally speaking, there is absolutely no Biblical precedent for the exact date being prophesied for any event that was far in the future when prophesied including the First Coming of Christ. Consider I Peter 1:10-11;
Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
The Prophets themselves couldn't figure out when Jesus would come the first time!
Do you know what is going to happen when time proves you wrong? You will face well-deserved ridicule. Many of the people who now support your ministry and/or attend your services will stop doing so. Your ministry may collapse. Christians will be angry; angry at you for teaching the May 21 falsehood, and angry with themselves for believing it. Some will abandon their Christian Faith entirely, though such is human nature that, as in the case of William Miller’s followers, some will just go on to other erroneous beliefs. Others may remain Christian, but just lose all interest in Second Coming Prophecy. If anyone suffers serious financial loss, and some people probably will as an indirect result of believing your predictions, I wouldn’t be surprised if you find yourselves facing lawsuits that may bankrupt your ministry just fighting them.
In fact, since you are involved in such a big effort to promote belief in the May 21 date for the Second Coming, and I know that the effort must be costing a lot of money, I wonder if some of the people involved have taken out big loans that they don’t expect to ever have to repay. Trust me, other people have made that mistake in the past for the same basic reasons, and wished that they didn’t. It will happen to anyone involved in the May 21 falsehood who does it. Some may lose everything they own. They may end up broke, homeless, and unemployed. It will take a long time for them to recover, if they ever do.
More than that, aren’t you aware that the kind of thing you are doing discredits the Christian Faith in the eyes of the unsaved world? It makes you the enemy of Christ! Consider II Peter 2:1-2.
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
Christians lacking in real wisdom do that all the time. I discuss the problem in my Web page called “Report on the Stupider Effect”).
Understand that this is intended as a warning, not condemnation. Warnings, by the way, are a major theme of Bible Prophecy – see my Web page "The Best To You In Warning" – though Christians tend to ignore them. You may totally disregard this warning now, but when May 22 comes and Jesus has not, then remember this. About that time, perhaps you will be willing to read what I have to say in my Web site. And listen.
William D. Brehm
I have had the experience before of telling someone who had falsely predicted the date of the Second Coming that I would write to him again shortly after his false date had past, and time had proven him wrong. I did. I am going to do the same with you. Expect to hear from me after May 21. I want to see if you have the humility to admit that you were preaching falsehood and repent after time proves you wrong. (I will also update this Web page then, or shortly thereafter.)
I am going to put up not just one but two Web pages in my site that deal with this issue, and I will do whatever else I can do to promote my opposition to the May 21 falsehood.
See also my Web page called
“The Proper Handling of Prophecy”.
You may laugh at what I say now, but you will weep. So will anyone else who believes the 5/21 falsehood.
Contact author: William D. Brehm, firstname.lastname@example.org