May 21, 2011 Doomsday Heresies and
By: Oscene Barrett/Jesus Son (05/20/2011)
The discussion concerning 'Doomsday' has been growing significantly since recently. I have followed many discussions in the print media and World Wide Web (www) which varies significant across and with the various denominations. Generally, the discussion lacks thoroughness and truth. A few persons seem to have an idea, but because of the great dearth of true eschatology teaching in the churches they are set up to be mocked and scoff at. This is where I am concern!!! I am not writing this short study to refute the falsehood surrounding May 21, 2011 doomsday because many of my other studies have effectively done that. I am writing this study because when these errors are allowed without an eloquent response those who hate us true rapture believers like the atheist, Amillennialists, historicist, Roman Catholics, Jews, Muslims, etc. will laugh us to scorn. They will speak evil about Jesus of the Bible and the Gospel Light He sent into the entire world. I will not sit idle by while many wonderful people are deceived and say nothing about it. Since I am an ordained contender of the Apostolic Faith once delivered to the Saints: I will defend it. See Jude here.
Is this 'Judgment Day' story real? Yes, there will be a judgment day, which some call 'doomsday', but it WILL NOT BE on May 21, 2011. The prophet/s here is/are not of God, neither has/have he/they known Jesus. There is no LIE in God, but this/these prophet/s is/are a liar(s).
Now, let us hear from the Apostle Peter about prophecy and inspiration of the prophet:
16. For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2Peter 1:16-21).
Peter outlining the SURETY of the prophecy concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus said that it was not a fancy made up story (cunningly devised fables). We did not concoct these things about Jesus and here trying to convince you, but we have seen him in person. We were there on the Mount when he transfigured, we heard the voice from heaven and what it said, but we still have a more sure word of Prophecy. What is this sure word here? Answer, firstly, no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - no opinions are needed. Why? Answer, the prophecy was not a man's idea (will of man). No prophet sat down to developed their prophecy like an author his story to deliver. If he did he would have his own (private) interpretation of every word and phrases he so uses, in the same way the author of a story. Secondly, who inspires the prophets? If prophet did not wrote down their own desires then whose desire did they wrote down or who told them what to write? Peter told them that the prophets were Holy men and that they spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. It was God - Jesus Messieh, Holy Ghost (same difference) telling them what to write and what to say. The Holy Ghost is key here. John said in Revelation 19:10.
For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Using Peter's measuring stick, we NEED prophet first to be Holy Men. Holiness here is a criteria. Since we are under the New Covenant, we can ONLY be holy by the blood of Jesus Messieh. Therefore, one must be saved by grace through faith as is seen in Acts 2:38 and be a part of the New Testament Church of Jesus Messieh. The fact that Michael Lewis believed the church age finishes from 1988 (same as Whisenant in his book titled "88 Reasons the Rapture Must Come in 1988) means he is not a part of it, even if he was baptized in Jesus name. Hence, he is disqualified from been a prophet. Prophets are placed into the church as part of the five-fold ministry for the perfecting of the saints according to Dr. Paul in Ephesians 4:12-14, so again Michael Lewis is not a prophet, nor the man he supports. Also, since he cannot be holy outside the church, which he believed ended in 1988, he is not a prophet.
So Apostle Peter continues to teach about prophets, but now false prophet and the results of their actions
1. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of (2Peter 2:2).
You have it; false prophets and teachers will always be around with lies so great they will damn the soul. Not only so, but they will be believed and followed by many. This will eventually lead the nay sayers or others to blaspheme Jesus and his Gospel light.
It must be easily seen that false prophets are very destructive. They act against everything Jesus is and for, which Truth and spreading of this great Truth (See my paper titled "Beliving Lies: Damns the Soul"). God desires Light to be brought to nations, but false teachers instead are bringing darkness to the nation. Their lies serve one purpose, which is to deceive. With their lies they turn many good men and women into scoffers and mockers. The doubters' congregation is growing. Dr. Peter was so accurate in his deduction in that said, that by reason of false prophets many will reject the light. I am a preacher of this great light and I am entrusted with the job of bringing it to many nations, but these liars will make my task and other true light bearers' task harder than it is supposed to be. Someone needs to stand up and say something.
Will Jesus return on May 21, 2011?
Bishop Colville Webb, Pastor of Bethel Apostolic Temple and Chairman of Jamaica Pentecostal Union had this to say when interviewed by the Jamaica Observer on Harold Camping prediction of May 21, 2011 Judgment day:"Men in the past have calculated and the date has passed and they concluded that they came up with wrong date. Now, where the Scripture is concerned, it says no man knows and so I hold on to that At whatever time He comes, we should be ready to go. I am not looking at May 21. I am looking at the fact that His coming is imminent and it can be any day now. We are just to prepare ourselves, that when He comes, we are ready to go." (Reported in the Jamaica Observer, May 19, 2011):
I found Elder Webb's response interesting coming from an apostolic bishop. Note; he did not trashed the claims of Michael Lewis and show a clear and precise scriptural reason why Jesus cannot come on Saturday, May 21, 2011. I can image the feeling of those in the churches Elder Webb oversees.
Let us dissect Elder Webb's statement
"Men in the past have calculated and the date has passed."
He is saying other pre-tribers like Camping has set rapture dates that were false because no catching up occurred. He could also possibly meant:
(1) Date setting is not new so it was expected from time to time;
(2)Or, this May 2st date is the latest in a long list of false pre-trib rapture dates which he as a pre-trib pastor has not accepted.
I know Pastor Webb to be a Pre-triber. Hence conclusion (2) would not be consistent with his preaching of an any minute possible rapture. I will explain more later.
"No man knows and so I hold on to that."
I think he included "the day or the hour" when Jesus will return. If this is his idea and I am sure, then he is supporting conclusion 2 above, which again would not be consistent with TRUE Pre-trib preaching. More later on this.
"At whatever time He comes, we should be ready to go. I am not looking at May 21."
His whatever time does not include a possible post-tribulation rapture. But. No problem here with being ready if he would include a possible Post-Trib rapture. We get a feeling that he wants to say "whatever time" means a pre-tribulation rapture only. Why could his "whatever time" not include May 21st? More about this soon.
"I am looking at the fact his coming is imminent and it can be any day now"
Really? Isn't this double-speak? It cannot be on May 21st, but could be on May 21st.
Is Elder Webb being factual? What facts is he looking at? I know it is not a fact of the Scriptures, so I am very interested in knowing where his facts come from?
It is because of Webb's belief in an imminent coming of Jesus why he has refused to say overtly that Michael Lewis and company are false on their date setting. He knows that an imminent coming belief will with all honesty include May 21, 2011, so a true Pre-triber CANNOT rubbish as false May 21, 2011 doomsday before the actual day passes. They will only be able to do so after the fact. I have proven Pre-tribers to be largely inconsistent; hence hypocritical in many ways (See my study titled "Hypocrisy of Pre-tribers"), so I was not surprised when I heard many in their ranks saying that May 21, 2011 is not doomsday. To make this claim will be the same as saying there is no imminent return. You cannot have it both ways. To believe in an imminent coming is to believe that doomsday can be May 20, 2011 - today, and if it does not happen today, then tomorrow - May 21, 2011; and if it still does not happen tomorrow then the next day May 22, 2011, and so forth and so forth. This bring everyone with like belief under the constant fear of everyday being the potential doomsday, so to exclude any day for whatever reason demands that one to throw out their imminent coming belief. One UPCJ Minister and good friend of mine told me that the imminent comment helps evangelism because of the fear it incites. I am going to look for this Minister soon because I want to know if they are upset with Michael Lewis and Camping because their teaching does not incite as much fear as do the Pre-tribers.
Pre-tribers know that they cannot hide behind Matthew 24:36, 42 by saying no one knows the day or the hour, because the Pre-trib's interpretation of these verses does not only prevent date setting, but these two verses are used extensively by Pre-tribers as their reference scriptures for their imminent coming, which by default must include May 21, 2011. Pre-tribers have said, "No man knows the day or the hour when Jesus will return, therefore his coming is imminent." I have already proven this idea to be false in another study "Can Jesus Come Any Moment", but let us look at Matthew 24: 36 and 42:
36. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
42. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
The text made it clear that the exact day (month-day-year) and exact hour in the day (time of day) when Jesus will come is unknown to all humankind (no man) and the angels. This does not preclude guessing. Many who say they are prophesying are simple just guessing. All date setters are guessers. Any man can use whatever theory (even gematria) to arrive at a guess date, but that date will not be God-given. He would be guilty of lying if he should claim that he received such from the Holy Ghost, because the scriptures said God, who is the Holy Ghost has not revealed it to no other being. According to Peter in 2Peter 1:21 prophecy came via holy men who were inspired by the Holy Ghost, so we are now absolutely sure Michael Lewis and company are not prophesying, but lying about the Holy Ghost. There is a huge difference here. Now verse 42 adds another caution, which is preparation. In essence be prepared for actual day is unknown. It said nothing about imminent return. Not because we do not know when Jesus will return demands that he can come at any time. This will pervert the meaning of the text. In Matt 24:3 Peter asked about the signs of Jesus Coming, the answer for which span verses 4-29. Verse 29 starts with immediately after the Tribulations the sun will be darkened, moon turn into blood and stars fall from heaven (Cosmic calamities); the son of man will come. He came in verse 30. Jesus can only come when the signs are fulfilled and passed, not before. It is this post-trib coming that is referred to verses 36 and 42. It is not imminent at all. According to Matthew 24:32-33 Pastor Webb's deduction is very incorrect.
32. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33. So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
The parable of the fig tree is one illustrating WHEN we would know that is coming is NEAR/NIGH. It gives us an idea as to when we are approaching the season. So again we DO NOT know the actual day and time of the day when Jesus will return, but we can know the seasons (1Thessalonians 5:1-2). I will not be like Michael Lewis, Harold Camping, and Edgar Whisenant who believe that they know this. I, Jesus Son, a bible believers will continue to follow the scriptures, which make it clear that no man knows the day or the hour when Jesus will return and I am very happy and satisfy with this.
The branches on the fig tree indicate that the summer is near, so in like manner when we see "all these things" (these things = the signs given from verses 4-29) we should know "it" (It = the subject of the discourse is the rapture, which is, his coming) is near, even at the door.
It is falsehood to teach an imminent coming of Jesus for the simple reason it ignores "All These Things," which are the signs given in Matthew 24 and their parallels in Mark 13, Luke 17 and 21.
Pre-tribs claim the second coming of Jesus is split into two phases; First phase = the Pre-trib secret rapture for his saints; Second phase = the Post-trib coming and with his saints.
Any Bible student can read the scriptures below and see through these lie (Read also my study "Jesus Coming With All His Saints").
25. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26. Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:25-28).
Note "when" Jesus instructed Church members to lift up their heads for our redemption draws near. It is AFTER the cosmic calamities NOT BEFORE. Everyone who sees this should instantly leave all pre-trib rapture preaching churches. Join with a Post-Trib Church and begin helping us spread the Truth.
We heard this often from our pulpits and from preachers, which are 99% Pre-tribers to look up for your redemption, draweth nigh. I have never heard any of these point out exactly when according to the author of the book of Luke we are supposed to look up. Read Luke 21 text above and make a mental note WHEN you are to look up. It is clear we are way into the great tribulation; we are NOT to be looking up BEFORE it. Dr. Paul said Jesus will return the second time without sin unto salvation (Heb 9:27-28). Salvation = redemption.
So, for anyone (including Pre-tribers) to harbor the belief that May 21, 2011 is not doomsday before that day comes and passes demands that individual to believe that Jesus' coming is NOT imminent. Pre-tribers however, do believe that Jesus' coming is imminent, so they are unable to rubbish such claims before the day passes. Jesus Son is not a Pre-triber so he is absolutely sure that Jesus is not coming on May 21, 2011 or for the rest of the year. No Pre-tribers can say this with all honesty.
How do I know that May 21, 2011 is not the end of the world?
The signs or markers of his coming will make this very simple. Jesus returns after the tribulation and cosmic calamities (Matthew 24:29-31), at which time the brightness of his single post-trib coming will destroy the Antichrist, whom Paul referred to as the man of sin and son of perdition (2Thessalonian 2:4, 7-8). Jesus cannot come before the tribulation and the antichrist (1Thessalonians 2:3); cosmic calamities (signs in the heaven, sun, moon, and stars), which will result in massive heart attack, plaques in revelation, etc. I have not seen any of these so I am sure that May 21, 2011 is not doomsday. In fact, since the tribulation is 3 ½ years we know that until it starts we have at least 3 ½ years to go before Jesus returns. The Pre-tribers hate this, but we Post-tribers know the truth. You can get more on this from my study titled "Can Jesus Come at Any Moment?"
What should we do?
Believers Apostolic Faith need to get back to teaching the truth. I know many Apostolic Post-trib Ministers in Jamaica who are absolutely sure that May 21, 2011 is not doomsday. Ask any other Post-triber and they will tell you categorically that Michael Lewis and company are liars before the fact. They are not waiting to see what pans out, because they understand the prophetic proclamations in the bible. Jamaica needs truth and who best to bring this to the nation than true Post-tribers. Pre-tribers have indoctrinates their people with lies. Now they are unable to defend themselves against the attacks of the devil. Many may only see Michael Lewis and company lies about judgment day, but I am seeing many who are deceived with these lies will eventually become mockers and scoffers tomorrow. Because of these lies, they will be transformed from being true apostolic to anti apostolic apostate. Let us stop the game here now and be about our fathers business. This should be a wakeup call. The dawn of 2000 was frantic, 1000s got baptize believing the world would end; what was the result? A more hardened and a more stiff-necked people. Church has never recovered since. One more lie allowed and who know what next.
Men of the apostolic order let us arise and bring this glorious light of the Gospel of Jesus to all the nations. Let us quit the lying and take up the word of truth that will make evil men good.
Peace be upon the Israel of God
Doomsday: The use of this word follows the general view, which means judgment day as the coming of the Lord. This includes the idea of the return of our great God and Savior Jesus Messieh and the resurrection and rapture of the saints.
At last, a writer who can keep it right and present the Truth in a manner that even a way-faring man or a fool cannot err therein. I am very happy to recommend Minister Oscene Barrett's excellent studies.
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