I already heard a lot of predictions made by pastors, religious group leaders, and self-proclaimed prophets regarding the time and date of the judgement day or the second coming of Christ which is also called as the damnation day or the end of the world.
If I were not wrong (correct me if I’m wrong), the first prophesy about the end of the world was made by Christ.
In Matthew 24:5-6, Christ spoke about the end of the world as recorded:
5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a]these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (New King James Version)
But Christ did not mention any date or time when will it happen. Christ even said as recorded in Matthew 24:36 that no one knows when will it happen, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son (Christ Himself).
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only. (New King James Version)
So, if anyone will say that the end of the world will be on a particular day or time, we are already sure that that man is lying. How come that he knows the exact day and time of the judgment day when in fact, Christ himself did not know when will it happen?
Family Radio Pastor Prediction
Harold Camping the leader or the pastor of the group called Family Radio, predicted that May 21, 2011 will be the judgment day. I read it from the billboard placed near the bridge in Malitbog, Southern Leyte on May 20, 2011 when my family and I were on our way to my aunt residence in Barangay Benit.
My wife even noticed the statement: “The Bible Assured it!” as if the end of the world will really happen on May 21.
But May 21 has passed and I am still here alive and kicking. You are still here reading my blogpost which clearly means that it is not yet the end of the world.
After Christ talked about the end of the world, Christ Apostles talked about it too but their teachings were all in accordance to the teachings of Christ.
However, there are those who tried to predict the exact time and date of the end of the world. Based on my knowledge, they are:
- Jehovah’s Witnesses. Through their Watchtower publication, they said that Judgment day happened in 1914.
- Apollo Quiboloy. Apollo Quiboloy is the pastor and the leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ of Davao, Philippines. He predicted that the second coming of Christ would be on January 2000.
Those who do not know the teachings of Christ regarding the end of the world, are the ones who are easily got fooled and made to believe about the predictions and prophesies of the false prophets.
The true followers of Christ are aware of the coming of the false prophets. That’s why they don’t easily accept such prediction which contradicts the teachings of Christ.
Christ already warned his followers that false prophets are coming to deceive people. He said:
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. (Matthew 24:4, New King James Version)
And if there are those who will predict the day and time of the end of the world just like what Harold Camping did, Christ said, do not believe them:
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. (Matthew 24:23-26, New King James Version)
Signs When the End is Near
But Christ revealed already the signs when the end of the world is already near. When it is said that the end is already near, it means that it is not yet the end. These signs are the following as stated in Matthew 24:4-14:
- Wars and Rumors of Wars.
- Nation will rise against Nation. Kingdom will rise against Kingdom.
How the end happens
The end of the world or the second coming Christ has not yet come but Christ described how it would happen:
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:29-31, New King James Version)
If someone would say that that particular date or time would be the judgment day, just ignore them but don’t believe what they say. But it doesn’t mean that you would not do anything for your salvation.
Remember that there are two things that you don’t know when would they happen. First is the end of the world, and the second one is the end of your current life.
Judgment day might not happen on this year, but we are not sure about our death.