How can you tell a legitimate date-setter?
Many people claim to be experts on prophecy and claim to have come up with the date of the end of the world. Some of the more famous claims in recent years include radio evangelist Harold Camping’s final date of October 21, 2011 (he had many other failed dates starting in 1994) and the many people claiming the world would end with the Mayan Long Count on December 21, 2012. Obviously, the world has not suffered any great catastrophe on these dates. Along with hundreds of other bad predictions, (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events for a long yet still incomplete list) these bold but bogus claims lead most people to assume that no one will ever be right. How can we weed the good from the bad? If there ever is a correct interpretation, how can we recognize it in advance?
Because a lot of people claim they have a special prophetic insight and perceive themselves like they’re:
When in reality they just seem kind of crazy:
The Bible comments on this but some of the advice is of little use. Jesus warns us in both Matthew 24:4 and Mark 13:5 “See to it that no one misleads you” regarding signs of the end times. Deuteronomy 18:21-22 tells us “You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken.” This is not particularly helpful, as we would need to wait for the prophecy to fail before we judge it.
It would make sense to judge the message and the messenger based on their authority, credentials, methodology, and facts. Harold Camping, for example, had nothing backing up his suggested date. He offered no facts, no theory, no insightful interpretation of how he came to his conclusion. His date was all over the internet, even on billboards – but did he pull that date out of thin air? All he offered were several failed attempts to pick such dates in the past!
In contrast, we might hope that someone making a similar claim has an extensive education – perhaps a doctorate in a relevant field such as theology, or archeology, or astrophysics…. We might hope they had made a major discovery which provided the evidence on which they based their claim – did they just discover a “new” ancient book, or find the grail or the ark, or detect the approach of an incoming object from deep space? Are they a high ranking whistleblower revealing something the government has secretly kept hidden? Without discovering new information, or a new way of looking at old information, a person claiming a new end of the world date gives us little reason to be taken seriously.
I believe my own analysis combines two relatively new ways of looking at old information to reach dates for the fulfillment of end times prophecy. The first key step is to view religion, mythology, and monuments through the lens of astronomy. The Bible tells us to watch for astronomical signs in Genesis 1:14, and I assume the majority of ancient warnings are intended to put our focus on the position of the sun, moon, and planets. We can assume that most heavenly battles and other heroic travel and activity is astronomical in nature. This idea was first popularized in 1969 in the book: Hamlet’s Mill.
The second key in my process is to use astronomical software to determine when the skies match the descriptions of the characters (heavenly bodies) in the stories. Using “forensic astronomy” on ancient clues detailing the night sky, we can determine future dates for rare astronomical events. When the sky matches the description from prophecy – and the astronomical lineup is rare enough – I believe we can know the dates for many prophetic events in advance.
Sometimes these descriptions are veiled in allegory, as with Christ (the Sun) coming for His bride (the Earth) or with the Antichrist (Venus, the Morningstar, a.k.a. Lucifer) opposite (anti-) the sun… and sometimes it is more direct, as in Isaiah 13:10 telling us “the sun will be dark when it rises” (an eclipse at sunrise, as viewed from the Middle East.) The ancient Maya did the same thing on a more obvious level in their mythology/religion. The birth of the Hero Twins (Venus and Jupiter in a specific conjunction) precedes their battle to save First Father, One Hunapu (the winter solstice sun in conjunction with the galactic center.)
Most Christians believe such astronomical alignments have no significance to Christianity. But I assure you that the same alignment which the Maya believed would enthrone their sun-god as King of the Earth is described in the Bible many times, including Psalm 19:4-5 when God’s stars “set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber.” I believe that when Jesus comes back to assume kingship over the Earth – when He returns for His bride – us – all the details of an ancient Jewish wedding ceremony will be acted out in the night sky in December 2019.
I believe that right now, in the Middle East, and even in America – end times prophecy is unfolding all around us. I believe that astronomical clues, coupled with scripture, warn us to expect major events in 2016 and 2019. Please consider reading End Times and 2019 for a thorough explanation. If you appreciate what I have to say, feel free to post a nice book review on Amazon.
Of course, though I try not to come across like I’m wearing a tin foil hat – not everyone agrees with me. So if you absolutely hate what I have to say, feel free to compare me to Satan, as this video does:
I can’t believe I’ve been compared to Satan for my interpretation of Bible prophecy in End Times and 2019
(and I can only imagine that my upcoming book on the Antichrist will make even more people angry.)
I just want people to think. Do you have ears to hear, and eyes to see? Be awake to what is happening around you. America is being remade. Israel is at war. Russia is preparing for war. China is preparing for war. An Islamic Caliphate has been reestablished. Everything is about to change. A lot of people will make ridiculous claims. Educate yourself and use your own judgment.
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