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of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not
the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when
the time is.
34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey,
who left his house, and gave authority to his servants,
and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the
master of the house cometh, at even, or at
midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."
to like to play God. There are those over the years who have
date set for the Rapture and/or the return of Christ and
declared various people as the anti-Christ. Over and over
these people have been proven wrong. There are those
who claim to be God's prophets today, like Michael
Rood, or claim to have the
'gift of prophecy' and yet disobediently set dates which
they believe God has shown them for the time of the rapture
or return of Christ.
have come and gone, yet these people continue and will
continue to falsely lay out other dates they believe God has
also given them. And those whose faith was not shipwrecked
by these false claims, will either recognize the false
teaching and distance themselves, or continue in the same
error. God's Word sets the parameters on whether a prophecy
is true and whether the idea came from Him.
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according
to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
1 John 2:21 I
have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but
because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will
keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come
unto him, and make our abode with him.
24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the
word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent
If what is
spoken as a prophecy or by those claiming the gift of
prophecy, is against or contrary to the Word of God, we are
14:14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies
in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them,
neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false
vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit
of their heart.
23:16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the
words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you
vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of
the mouth of the LORD...31 Behold, I am against the
prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say,
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that
follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!
is not about the validity of the rapture, but rather, the
un-Biblical practice of date setting the return of Christ.
souls will be shipwrecked because they believed this un-
recent date setting that we've seen personally came from the
Watch Unto Prayer site, February 21,
2002, which set the date of the Rapture for March 31, 2002
and the beginning of the Tribulation for April 1st. Those
who believed it, might wish to consider why April 1st is a
presentation of the dates was set up with such statements
as, "...we've found that few Christians understand the
real conspiracy. The end-time disinformation campaign
is deliberate and well-planned. We think it is safe to
say that most Christians haven't a clue; they may *think*
they know, but the sad fact is most have fallen
prey to disinformation agents. It
has been our hope that this report would undo some
of the damage by
in possession of obscure but crucial information ...
Many trusted discernment and prophecy *ministries* are really fronts
for the New Age --- a vast mind control operation that has
been put in place to deliver large numbers of unsuspecting
Christians to the one world religion of the Antichrist... Their
immediate objective is to condition the masses of
Christendom to accept a *false* Antichrist, a *false* False
Prophet, a *false* Mark of the Beast, a *false* Abomination
of Desolation, a *false* Millennial Temple, a *false*
Armageddon, and many other counterfeits...Because the
deception is already well advanced and false information
embedded in the minds of many Christians, *Heeding Bible
Prophecy* requires a careful and thoughtful reading "
[Bolding, underlining added]
date setting in the word "projected," the dates
were indeed set, by saying "We chose.".
timetable is based on a *projected* rapture of the Church
on Easter of this year - March 31, 2002 - and onset of the
Tribulation Period the following day, April 1. We
chose Easter because it is the day of the Lord's
resurrection and the Church is His body. We
are not date-setting, but in our research have made some
amazing discoveries. For example, should the
Tribulation begin on April 1 of this year, the mid-point
of the Tribulation period, at which time the two witnesses
are killed, falls precisely on September 11, 2005.
Other high points of the Tribulation as foretold in
Scripture just happen to coincide with important occult
feasts and the New Age calendar of events in 2005. "
realize, but, these given rapture dates were on top of many
previous rapture dates declared privately by Barb Aho and
Jan Moser, that have come and gone over the last few years.
May 5, 2000, dates in June of that same year and so on
resulted in their total disappointment and disbelief that
their correct 'calculations' were wrong.
presenting the belief of the March 31 and April 1 dates,
although a disclaimer was included that they weren't date
setting--a clear contradiction --- Matthew 25:1-13 was
included as well as,
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be
accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come
to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the
hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
clearly neglected was an understanding of the above verse
and other correlating verses.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till
all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not
the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of
the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were
eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until
the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took
them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man
...44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in
such an hour as ye think not
the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and
wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his
household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh
shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over
all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My
lord delayeth his coming;...
...50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he
looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not
Our response to those previous false dates and the current
fetish of playing God--has the Rapture taken place? Did God
say we would know the day He would return? The Scriptures
are very clear on this issue of date setting. There is
nothing up for debate. It was stated repeatedly that only
the Father Knows and no one will know the day or the hour.
It doesn't get much clearer than that.
If only the
Father Knows, and no one will be privy to the the DAY or the
HOUR---how arrogant for any to proclaim any date as THE day.
The time of Christ's return will be at a moment, day and
hour when no one will think it to be, and those who
say otherwise are revealing that we're dealing with their
false prophecy. You think a date--that negates it according
to the very TRUE Word of God. It's not based on whimsical
calculations or plotting's or guesses, but inspired by God
Scriptures cannot lie, but people can and do. To
pretend one doesn't believe one's own
"projected" date is nonsense. One doesn't lay down
a Timeline and draw those conclusions without believing them
to be true. One doesn't set oneself up as having the truth
and all others confused, deceived or deceivers without
believing one has the inside track to truth. That
incidentally, is where gnostic doctrine springs from.
Believing you hold the truth or knowledge no one else is
privy to. There are definitely many who are snared and
deceived, but it is not left to one websites shoulders to be
the only ones to hold answers through the presentation of
"obscure" truth, which came from occult sources.
The truth is found in God's Word, which all are privy to,
and it is not obscure.
are warned and reprimanded to be always ready and to be
looking forward to Christ's return, but we in no wise are
privy to something that Jesus himself said only the Father
knows. If we're obediently going about the Master's
business, we won't be taken unawares, simply because we are
looking forward to the fulfilled promise of His return. God
said, 'be ye ready, for in such an hour as ye
think not." He
was talking to believers, not non-Christians in that verse.
No date setting is
necessary or advocated. He will come as a thief in
the night--and no thief announces the time of his arrival.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the
night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a
great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,
the earth also and the works that are therein shall be
6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot,
unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus
15 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed
and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of
the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
2 Timothy 4:8
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that
day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love
said there would signs revealing that the last days were
indeed upon us, but he didn't date it. Nor should we, and
waste our time attempting to do so. Our focus is to be about
the Master's business, edifying each other, sharing Christ
and learning to be Biblically obedient.
has to look at some of the other Biblically disobedient and
false prophecies, by people such as Chuck Smith, to know
that this date setting pastime is a common occurrence.
Chuck Smith has stated
words that are in agreement with the Biblical truth of no
one knowing the day or the hour of Christ's return. In fact
he has condemned those who do date set to be false prophets.
"So Jesus is saying
that no man knows the day, or the hour, only the father.
So that anyone who presumes to know the day or the hour is
making an unbiblical presumption. But there are many
people who try to explain away," this, no man knows
the day or the hour," and try to proclaim that they
do know the day or the hour. But they fall in that
category of false prophets."
23-24 (5189) >http://www.calvarychapel.org/library/smith-chuck/studies-books/00-ALL-1979/5189-frame.htm]
In the book "Dateline
Earth: Countdown to Eternity," (1989) on page 26,
Chuck Smith criticized Edgar Wisenant for predicting Jesus
would return in September, 1988, although he doesn't name
him. "A well-meaning Christian wrote a
well-publicized book in which he explained why the rapture
would occur in September 1988 . He had 88 reasons to support
his contention, and backed up his claims by the fact that
the was a former NASA engineer, accustomed to solving
complicated mathematical mysteries. He was certainly
well-intentioned --- including about his revised prediction
of September 1989, when September 1988 came and went --- but
he was also dead wrong."
That sounds a lot like the
Watch Unto Prayer email and their "Timeline" and
reasoning for the 'projected' March 31/April 1 date, which
also was proven dead wrong. As were their prior
On the same page, Smith
also wrote about the Jehovah's Witnesses:
The Jehovah's Witnesses,
for example, thought the world was sure to end in 1914.
When it didn't happen, they merely moved the date up a few
years...In more recent times, the Witnesses picked 1975 as
On page 27 he states,
"Anyone who presumes to give a specific date must be
regarded with skepticism...Jesus Himself said that when He
returns He will come like a thief in the night--but because
of all the erroneous predictions and false prophets, there
will be many who will disregard the legitimate signs of His
Yet in typical
hypocritical fashion, on page 35 of "End Times"
(1978), written ten years prior to his Dateline Earth,
Chuck Smith proclaimed, "I believe that the generation
of 1948 is the last generation. Since a generation of
judgment is forty years and the Tribulation period lasts
seven years, I believe the Lord could come back for His
Church any time before the Tribulation starts, which would
mean any time before 1981. (1948 + 40 - 7 = 1981)."
Chuck Smith had taught
that Jesus would return by May of 1981 in a number of his
books and messages. When the May prediction failed the date
was moved to December 31, 1981. Obviously the predictions
were proven false, although many had believed with him and
many remained with his Biblical disobedience.
In his book Future
Survival, again from 1978 and published by Word for
Today, on page 17 Chuck Smith wrote, "We're
the generation that saw the fig tree bud forth, as Israel
became a nation again in 1948. As a rule, a generation in
the Bible lasts 40 years. ... Forty years after 1948 would
bring us to 1988."
On pages 20-21, Smith
expounded that, "From my understanding of biblical
prophecies, I'm convinced that the Lord is coming for His
Church before the end of 1981. I could be wrong, but its
a deep conviction in my heart, and all my plans are
predicated upon that belief...The Lord said that
towards the end of the Tribulation period the sun would
scorch men who dwell upon the face of the earth. (Rev. 16).
The year 1986 would fit just about right. " [Bolding,
He doesn't end the
hypocritical and false theology there. On Page 49,
"...one of the reasons I believe that man has come to
the end of his time is the rebirth of the nation
Israel....So, the rebirth of the nation Israel marks the
final generation of man upon the earth in this present
Prior to those
predictions, Smith's 1976 book, Snatched Away,
defined that a generation related to the "generation
that was living in May of 1948 shall not pass until the
second coming of Jesus Christ takes place and the kingdom of
God be established upon the earth." p. 23.
Like many other false
prophets, Smith changed the 1948 generation date to 1967 and
then proceeded to expound that the year 2000 had to be the
date for the rapture. In his 1978 book End Times,
Smith allows for the change of date by saying,
"However, it is possible that Jesus is dating the
beginning of the generation from 1967, when Jerusalem was
again under Israeli control for the first time since 587
B.C. We don't know for sure which year actually marks the
beginning of the last generation." [pp35-36]
According to a former
adherent to Calvary Chapel, on a December 1996 Radio
program, Smith denied ever setting a date.
"A caller to the To
Every Man An Answer radio program on KWVE,
on 12-27-96 asked Chuck Smith a question about date
setting and Calvary Chapel.
... at some point there
was a prediction of Christ's return via Calvary
Chapel - is that real; some years ago? is that; did
Smith responded with:
No. Uh, never,
we all, we do believe he's going to return soon, and, uh,
but, and but never any date. No. No. No. Never
any date. Because no man knows the day or the hour. I
believe he's going to come this next year, but [laughter]
you know..." [CC >http://members.tripod.com/ccfuaq/cc2ndcom.htm]
Since the date setting was
publicly published in printed books, we know that to deny
the date setting is wrong. That same article relates the
following very sad information.
"Chuck Smith was
out of town Sunday Morning, 22 June 1997. In his place was
David Hocking. From the Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa
pulpit on David Hocking admitted that:
"I was in a
conference in New York with Dave Hunt recently and he
said something very provocative about the lack of
interest in prophecy. He went back a few years
especially in the early days when Calvary Chapel
was beginning. How excited we were. Oh, some of the
prophecy preachers got a little out of hand and
those plagues like Revelation 9 were Vietnam helicopters
and you know we sort of started dating things
and we were even told that a
generation is fourty years, and when Israel
became a nation in 1948 it would be fourty years and
then the Lord would come. So we back it up seven. So
the rapture is coming in 1981. I've
met people all over this country who believed that,
followed that, anticipated that. It did not come and as
a result many of them bombed out, dropped out, copped
out; they're not around anymore."
"What was the
response of the church members to 1981 date?"
"Lot's of people
were with Chuck on that final midnight New Year's Eve at
the end of 1981 who went home disappointed. Some of our
friends were there and they left the faith not long after
Is God the
author of lies? Does He set Himself up to be proven false,
so that shame is brought upon our Lord and Savior Jesus
Jeffrey, in his book, Armageddon, Appointment With
Destiny, (1988), showing that others had incorrectly
defined the 'times of the Gentiles' with resulting incorrect
date of 1878, reveals his correct calculations have been
just as incorrect.
am correct in my interpretation, then the 'times of the
Gentiles" were initially completed in the fall of
A.D. 1878, and God once again delayed His appointed
judgment, "As in the days of Noah," and
has given mankind an additional 120 biblical years of
warning (118.3 calendar years). When we add the
"delay" of 118.3 years to the fall of 1878, the
termination point for "the times of the
Gentiles" would occur in A.D. 1997. God's prophesied
judgment of mankind throughout the three and one-half
years of the Great Tribulation would then bring us again
to the year 2000." [p. 185] "...I have
discovered several other indications which suggest that
the year A.D. 2000 is a probably termination point for the
"last days"....thousands of pastors and
believers around the world that are receiving a quiet
assurance in their own spirit that the Second Coming of
the Lord is quickly approaching...'the times of
refreshing" are now at hand is not leading to any
fanaticism. Rather....to a renewed commitment and love for
Christ. An obedience to His command to care for our
brothers and to go into all the world and preach the
gospel..." [p. 193] [bolding in original]
provides this disclaimer to his date setting. "...these
are only interpretations and not prophetic revelations. Although
I believe these interpretations are valid...even if
these interpretations are valid conclusions as to the
correct time of the conclusion of these appointed prophetic
time cycles, God is sovereign and may accelerate or
postpone "the time appointed." ...if these
interpretations are correct regarding the time of the Great
Tribulation and the beginning of the Millennium, there is
no possibility for us to determine the time of the Rapture
of the Church. The time of the Rapture is known only by
God. It is possible the Rapture is not even set to occur on
a certain day. It may well be that, in His sovereignty, God
has set a certain number of souls which He will gather into
that "peculiar people," the Church, before His
return." [pp193-194] [Underline in original, bolding
Jeffrey's view that God hasn't necessarily set a day for
Christ's return, although Scripture states He is the only
one to know, it should be noted that the last days are
revealed as a time when there is a "great falling
away." Grant Jeffrey seems to not notice that in his
description of the spiritual condition of those claiming to
belong to Christ. While it is true that God is strengthening
those who do belong to Him, there are many that are turning
away to fables, seducing spirits, and their love for Christ
is cold. That is what culminates in the falling away. They
had to know the truth in order to fall away from it.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall
1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the
latter times some shall depart from the faith,
giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared
with a hot iron;
2 Timothy 4:4
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and
shall be turned unto fables.
Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for
that day shall not come, except there come a falling away
first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of
What is disturbing with these people who are calculating and
planning the prophetic events out and date setting, adding
this and that to come up with their dates or people,
is that it comes across as a form of numerology or other
form of divination. That said, when people proclaim a false
date for the return of Christ or other Biblical prophetic
events, they in essence serve the father of lies. Biblical
disobedience always has a consequence.
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible
thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they
strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none
doth return from his wickedness: they are ALL of them
unto me as SODOM, and the inhabitants thereof as GOMORRAH.
becomes a laughing stock, as the secular press has a
tendency to print those false dates. It brings dishonor to
Christ and confusion to many new Christians and those
seeking the truth. It
could easily be said that the false date setting contributes
to the attitude of those who mock and scorn the return of
Christ and the coming judgment.
2 Peter 3:3
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days
scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since
the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were
from the beginning of the creation.
In fact, God
states in His Word that he is not the author of confusion.
And for those claiming to have a prophetic gift, the test of
Scriptural truth must be applied, since many such as the
Watch Unto Prayer authors, view themselves as prophets or
having the 'gift of prophecy.' We know that what is said
must align with the Word of God and must show obedience to
the Word of God.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes
of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a
corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit...22 Many will say to
me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy
name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy
name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess
unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work
iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth
these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him
unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the
winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for
it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and
doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which
built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the
winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great
was the fall of it.
Many of these people are engaging in double speak or double
talk, meaning ambiguous or misleading speech. They say they
aren't date setting then present a date. Since hypocrisy
defined includes the words, "insincerity, deceit,
deception, double standards, double-talk, double-think,
duplicity, falsity, inconsistency, " [AskOxford>http://www.askoxford.com/]
this would apply to those who date set.
They say they
believe and are obedient to God's Word, but totally disobey
and disregard issues such as this. And if some date setters
were evaluated in other areas we would find other double
standards that are set for themselves versus others, as
documentation would show.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but
within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy
and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
God is not
the author of false date setting, nor is He the author of
hypocrisy and Biblical disobedience. That is a choice each
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for
God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his
own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and
sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
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