With the increasing popularity (and disdain) of “Jesus is coming on x date”, I thought I would join the ranks of those with a Jesus second coming prediction. I hope you aren’t disappointed. But before I give the date, let me build up some suspense.
Previous Failed Predictions of Return of Jesus Christ
Harold Camping, long-time president of Family Radio, has made numerous end-times predictions, such as May 21, 1988, September 6, 1994, and May 21, 2011 (followed by a physical rapture on October 21, 2011). Just in case you missed the news…it didn’t happen. He seems to have recanted his failed predictions, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see another as soon as he figures out the problem with his calculations. Can someone buy a brother a better calculator?
I just read of another end-times prediction by Ronald Weinland (a self-proclaimed prophet) and leader of a church called the Worldwide Church of God (or just Church of God). Ronald Weinland’s predictions have included April 17, 2008, December 14, 2008, and September 29, 2011. Just in case you didn’t hear the news…none of these predictions has come true. And his latest return of Jesus Christ prediction is May 27, 2012. I suppose we will have to wait and see on that. But I won’t be planning to pack a bag and get my estate in order on May 26.
R. Brad White Predicts Jesus Return – Drum Roll Please
OK, so the title of this article stated that I, R. Brad White, would have my own prediction of when Jesus Christ will return. Here it is…
Matthew 24:3 (NIV) “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
Now, I don’t presume to be as smart as Jesus, and I don’t claim to be wiser than Jesus’s very own hand-picked disciples. But even they didn’t know when he would return.
Matthew 24:36 (NIV) “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
Now, I don’t presume to be as smart as the angels in heaven, nor the Son, nor the Father. Here is a hint for Harold Camping, Ronald Weinland, and others of their kind: Only God the Father knows the day and hour of Jesus’ return to reign on this earth.
So, here is my prediction: He will come when He comes.
Be Ready…But Don’t Try to Predict It
Matthew 24:37-42 (NIV) “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
The Bible says here that when He comes it will be a surprise to everyone. He could just as well come in the middle of me typing this message as He could come 100 years, 500 years, 1500, 20,000+ years from now. Who knows? Harold Camping and Ronald Weinland don’t have a clue…that’s for sure. Are they good students of interpreting the Bible to uncover hidden clues to the return of Jesus? Did they stumble upon the verses sited above from Matthew 24? Apparently not.
Why Write This Article?
Like me, you may be wondering why I would write such an article as this.
- For those of you that think you know when Jesus will return…would you kindly keep your mouth shut? And please please please don’t write a book about your predictions. You might sell some books by feeding off interest in this hot topic. But at the same time, you make the rest of us Christians look like idiots. And you reinforce the negative Christian stereotypes we are trying to reverse here at Changing the Face of Christianity.
- For those of you that desperately want to know when Jesus will return… please don’t pay attention to the likes of Harold Camping and Ronald Weinland. Share this message with others that they will also not be deceived. Help us bring rationality in our discussions with other believers as well as non-believers. Help us Change the Face of Christianity by using the wisdom of the Bible to counter the distortions put forth by today’s many false teachers.
Wondering what my next article might be about? I may take a stab at the end of the world Mayan Calendar prediction of December 21, 2012. Have you marked your calendars yet for that? Make sure and save the date. Expect an article on or around December 22, 2012.