Well, the group claiming the end of the world May 21st, the rapture of a couple hundred thousand and our final judgment were wrong just as anyone who has even a remote clue to the Bible’s message knew. Scripture is clear, no man knows the day nor hour of Christ’s return. For whatever reason, this May 21st prediction took on a life of its own in the media, blogosphere, facebook, etc. There were a bunch of jokes made, today’s Tampa Tribune had a cartoon, “Well it is May 22nd, I guess you should mow the lawn now!” I had some fun with it myself on my Facebook page.
The danger as I see it in all this is twofold. First, too many people are still too ignorant of Scripture and swayed by powerful personalities. Not just misguided predictions like this one but look at the number of religious hucksters who make a huge living off fleecing their TV and even live flocks. I am a healthy skeptic. I don’t trust anyone 100% nor should you. We all have the capacity to do really dumb stuff, to be dishonest to hurt people close to us. It is good to be skeptical in the time we live in.
Secondly, the big problem I see is cases like this make it easy to blow off the clear truth that one day Christ will return and reign in righteousness. It makes it easy to believe that I’m good, I will live a long life and there is no judgment to be concerned about. These kind of false teachers make it easier to reject the clear truth that Jesus taught himself, “I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through me.” One day, though no one knows what day, it will all come to an end. I for one want to be ready when that day comes. The Scripture warns, “Be ready for in a hour you don’t think it will happen, the Son of Man will return.”