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No One Knows the second, minute or hour!

June 10, 2011

Recently, a man made a claim that the end of the world would happen on a certain date and at a certain time. His assertions,based on his belief that the Bible contains secret codes, made national news and, of course, proved to be false. Many were duped into believing this man had special insight into the exact time of when Christ would return, some giving all of their money to this ministry. This is not a new phenomenon, as there have been many throughout the centuries making similar claims.

However, one can look toward scripture and see that nowhere does God provide us with the exact time of his return. In fact, Jesus tells his disciples in Mark 13:32, “But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” and in Acts 1:7, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority.” The Bible was written with clarity so that all can understand. When one person claims to have special insight, the Christian has a duty to accurately divide the word of truth to see if the claims align with the word of God.

Paul provides us with helpful advice when he preached in Berea, “Now these were more noble minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word
with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so (Acts 17:11).”

So, what can the Christian do regarding the end times? They can continue to examine the scriptures daily to see what God’s word has revealed, faithfully live out their calling before him, and always love his appearing.

By chaplain (Maj.)
Lane j. Creamer
3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment

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