‘As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be.’ Luke 17:26 NKJV
If you had a doctor whose diagnosis was wrong as often as the predictions of some Bible prophecy experts, would you trust him or take the medication he prescribed? One ‘expert’ sold millions of books in which he predicted the rapture of the church would take place by 1988. Then without apology or explanation, he wrote a second book pointing us to the year 2007. Another television preacher offered ‘rapture deadlines’ starting in 1975. He said the Soviet flag would probably fly over Independence Hall in Philadelphia by 1976. Then he fixed the date of the rapture at 1992. Undaunted, his next book changed the year to 2012. (Interestingly, he also refers to Nostradamus, the 16th-century occult seer, as ‘a great Bible student’.)
The Bible tells us to avoid ‘foolish and ignorant speculations.’ (2 Timothy 2:23 NASB) Why? Because they make us look ‘foolish’ in the eyes of the world! Who’s going to listen to a church that repeatedly sets wrong dates, when Jesus Himself told us not to set dates at all? ‘And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.’ (Luke 17:26–27 NKJV)
God didn’t give Noah a date, He gave him a job. And the end didn’t come until the job was done. Jesus said, ‘No one knows the day or hour… the Son Himself doesn't know. Only the Father knows.’ (Matthew 24:36 CEV) The whole world has yet to be reached with the Gospel, so instead of ‘date setting’, let’s roll up our sleeves and get busy.
SoulFood: Gen 7–9, Jn 12:37–50, Ps 102:18–28, Prov 30:24–28
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023