By Ken Blue
I understand how an ignorant, uninformed, and superstitious world could fall victim to this nonsense. However, how any Bible believing Christian could be influenced either way over this matter is mind boggling. Christians do not have one verse in the Bible hinting at when the rapture will take place. This is just another replay of Harold Camping’s deception.
Pastors who hint that December 21 is an important date for the world are simply striving for sensationalism and seeking a following. Like Y2K, and Camping’s false prophecies, this too will come and go. No one knows for sure when the rapture will occur. People ask me, “Are you a pre-trib believer?” I tell them that I am. However, if it happens at the middle of the tribulation, I will be a mid-trib believer. And, if it happens at the end of the tribulation I will be a post-trib believer.
Christians should stop searching for signs of the rapture. We should spend our time getting to know Christ, winning souls, and serving through the local church. The only sign given to Israel was the sigh of Jonah. The major sign given to Israel is when the Antichrist is in the temple at Jerusalem.
Prophecy is an interesting study, and I love to study it. However, we need to exercise great caution when trying to place emphasis where God has not placed it. The often repeated warning by Jesus to Israel was about deception. We must study prophecy, but we must use common sense when interpreting it.
So, let not your heart be troubled. It will not be the end of the world, and no one knows if the rapture will occur December 21. Have a great Christmas and happy New Year.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.