I found a site created by a brother named Paul Ellis. I don't necessarily agree with all of Ellis' teachings, but I wholeheartedly agree that there is a BIG problem out there! Why are we so fixated on things we cannot know? We are grabbing at straws. On a post recently, he made an excellent point:
"Before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, I stumbled on a prominent website that predicted the rapture would occur soon. Why? Because the polls said Hillary Clinton was going to win and another godless Democrat in the Oval Office would surely trigger the great tribulation.
“With such gloomy prospects, the rapture has to be close, right? Get ready.”
Then Donald Trump won the election, and the outlook became positively bright, at least as far as this website was concerned. A God-fearing Republican would clean out the justices, end the culture war, and bring heaven to America. Surprisingly, the rapture prediction remained unchanged.
“When men are saying peace and safety, the rapture will be soon. Get ready.”
This website taught me a valuable lesson about how to generate buzz for your blog or book. Whether times are good or bad, tell people that the rapture is imminent. “Things are bad? That’s a sign! Things are good? That’s a sign! This doesn’t make sense? Buy my book!" ~Paul Ellis
Start consulting the Scriptures and quit using your imagination. Yes, we need to be aware of the "Signs of the times," but let's start being "aware," and no longer guessing.
The "rapture" will happen when the Lord descends from heaven with a shout (I Thessalonians 4:16–17). Just as the virgins go out in response to a shout, so do we. Since we don’t know when the Lord will return, we cannot know when the rapture will occur. But we should be ready.
If it should happen that you suffer “for righteousness’ sake”, that is a privilege. You need neither fear their threats nor worry about them; simply concentrate on completely dedicating your life to Christ as Lord. Always be ready to defend your confidence in God when anyone asks you to explain it. However, make your defense with gentleness and respect (I Peter 3:14-15)
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