"All Bad Guesses"
October 16, 2011
(Jesus said) "But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come." Mark 13:32-33
For those of us who understand that nobody is ever going to accurately predict Jesus' Judgment Day return, it is sometimes amusing to see and hear the predictions that are made about that event.
One that I enjoyed the most was the prediction made by Reverend Jang Rim of Korea's church: Mission for the Coming Days.
The semi-good minister had promised his people that Jesus would return on October 28, 1992. It is estimated that hundreds, maybe thousands of his followers sold their goods, left their families, quit their jobs and walked away from their military posts.
I don't have to tell you he was wrong.
This explains why the Mission for the Coming Days church disbanded on November 2, 1992. And if you're wondering what happened to the pastor -- unlike many false prophets who make their prophecies and get away scot-free, Pastor Jang Rim went to jail.
No, he didn't go to jail for making bad prophecies. He went to jail because he had swindled his people out of $4 million and had invested $380,000 of that money in bonds, which wouldn't mature until half a year after he said Jesus would return.
Now most of the folks who spend their days and nights making end-time calculations, unlike Pastor Jang Rim, do so with a good heart. They have the best of intentions. They want people to be ready. They don't want anybody to be lost, so they try to provide some kind of deadline, some kind of calendar alarm clock.
Sadly, they are -- and they always will be -- wrong.
The only One who is right about the last times is Jesus, and He says the best plan for that day is to be ready today.
Good advice from a good Savior, don't you think?
So let's jettison the sinful stuff that is holding us back and get ready for that most special and -- what should be - that most welcomed day.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, be with us as we live our lives. May each day begin and end with You. May our witness to Your blood-bought salvation be consistent, may our hearts be pure and our minds ready for Your blessed return, even if You come just for me. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries