What now? It’s May 22nd. In the spiritual battle for truth, a false teacher has been used by Satan to discredit the teaching of Jesus about His second coming. Rapture jokes are everywhere. People, even Christians, are being lighthearted about one of the most important realities – Jesus is coming again! And when He comes, it will be deliverance for those who trust Him. And it will be judgment for those who have sought their own path to salvation.
As I’ve watched “Facebook” posts and read blogs and news articles, common phrases which intrigue me are “I survived judgment day,” or, “I survived the rapture.” The clear picture of Scripture is, if you survive on earth after Christ gathers his followers – that’s not good news.
But what should believers do in light of this false prophecy?
1) Be discerning. Do you know why this prophecy was untrue? Make sure you do some homework about why Camping is a false prophet. There will always be people who will distort the Word of God in order to further their agendas, or their egos. You must be able to spot them.
2) Hold firm to your faith. Jesus is coming again. That is His promise! These other things are the “false interpretations” of man. The truth is, “for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape (2 Thess. 5:2-3).”
3) Lastly, while we wait, be faithful! “But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thess. 5:8-9).”
There is no code in Scripture that tells us when things will happen! There is hope and direction given for those who are waiting the Sovereign Lord’s return. So, be about the mission of Christ. And be ready for His return – – it could be today, or tomorrow.