A broken clock is correct for only two minutes a day. If Armageddon is taught to be coming very soon, then eventually that prediction will come true. But what about all those others that didn’t, those predictions claiming it would come many decades ago, a century ago, over a century ago? I’m only thoroughly familiar with the teachings of one denomination that’s done this. Yet I know other denominations do it or have done the same thing. So once again, let me pick on my favorite denomination. But you can apply these ideas to others you’ve joined or come in contact with.
Have you ever tried to wake someone with a whisper? Or by doing nothing? Or by a prayer? How about a nudge or a shake? If you are Christian God places you and me here, on earth, to do that. So wake up, so that you can wake somebody else. The time to do that is right now. For He says, “AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION.” 2 Corinthians 6:2.
What did God say about telling people the Bible claims Armageddon is right upon them, or even coming within their lifetimes?
- And He (Christ) said, “Take heed, lest you be led astray; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and ‘The time is drawn near.’ Do not go after them. Luke 21:8
- A- Does a person, or group, have to claim they are Christ in order to violate those words?
- B-Or can they merely teach the Bible claims ‘The time is drawn near’ to be among the group Christ said, “Do not go after them?” Luke 21:8
- 1John 4:1 reads, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
If you realize Christ said do not follow Christians preaching that message what will you do? Especially if you are already following them. Will you listen to Christ, who gave instructions about this at Luke 21:8- quoted above; or will you instead follow men claiming to represent Christ you find to be teaching in opposition to that direction?
- And the LORD said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.” Jeremiah 14:14
- Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. Jeremiah 23:16
- “I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.” Jeremiah 23:21
Watchtower does not claim to be God inspired, but instead directed by God’s Spirit. But for the purpose of its culpability in this matter, that claim does not matter. Watchtower has claimed God’s word did teach these things, and in that sense they presented themselves as prophets of God, no matter what escape clause they put forth denying that. Claiming they are not inspired, but instead claiming they are directed by God to teach that idea is contained within biblical scripture classifies them as false prophets in my mind. But does it in the mind of God? Look again at Jeremiah 23:21, “I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.” God does not need to send a prophet to make that man or woman a false prophet to God. All they have to do is teach the Bible, God’s word, claims something will happen in the future that doesn’t. And these Watchtower prophets spoke in direct disobedience to Luke 21:8 (see above). So from a biblical point of view a Christian cannot say I’m not inspired by God but Spirit directed, and God’s Spirit is directing me to spread a message Christ told Christians not to spread, but I’m not a false prophet. If a Christian does that he is a false prophet.
While other groups do this I know the particulars of how Watchtower has done it, which is described below. Here are those particulars:
- They had taught Armageddon would come in 1914.
- When it didn’t they taught it would come in 1925.
- When it didn’t they taught the generation that was 10 years of age in 1914 would still be alive when Armageddon comes. That would make the last survivors of that generation 116 years old today. And since that’s unreasonable Watchtower has changed its prophesying about Armageddon still again.
All of those prophesies of Wathtower denied Christ’s words at Matthew 24: 36No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.37As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man.38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. 39And they were oblivious, until the flood came and swept them all away. So will it be at the coming of the Son of Man.
And if those words from Christ do not convince you not to spread a message that the end is imminent, if you instead make excuses to yourself reasoning those verses might have been true of people while Christ walked the earth, but those are not true of Christians right before Armageddon, then I suggest you think again. Because although Christ was referring to the unrighteous not knowing when he would come in verses 38 and 39, read the rest of Matthew chapter 24, and all of chapter 25. Because in that second half of chapter 24 and in most of chapter 25 Christ was only speaking about Christians (anointed Christians) who Christ claims will be totally unaware about the timing of his return.
In none of those verses does he state any of his followers would know when he is returning until they see it. See what? First the great tribulation, and then the miraculous signs in heaven signaling he has returned. And nobody has seen either of those things yet. That means no Christian could know how close we are to his return. For more information on this last point click the title below and it will open that article: