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2012 is a big year for the world, so many people thinking about the end of the world, wars and rumours of wars with Iran, Israel, Syria etc.
Now obviously I don’t make decisions for God so I can’t REALLY say whether He will return in 2012. And the doctrine of imminence applies here as well:
The Bible teaches that Christ can come at any moment. (This is called the doctrine of imminence.) Any valid date setting would tend to destroy the doctrine of imminence, and would also have a deleterious effect on our Christian walk. We are to live in the expectation of His any-moment appearance for us.
So ya, with that quote and idea, obviously this post got a lot more questionable, and thats fine, we should all be looking for HIs return and we should all be excited and expecting it at any time. A verse though, coupled with whats going on in the world would suggest that things aren’t really in place as prescribed by God HImself in His Word.
New International Version (©1984)
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night
Again, with those He COULD come in 2012 but here is why I think we have a bit more time.
So many around the world are all excited about the mayan end of the world for example and there is a lot of economic fear and fears of a 3rd world war. People are ready for the end of the world almost and many bible prophecy teachers even will get caught setting dates here. I suggest that when 2012 comes to a close without any major life changing events it will be the final big reason for people to be let down by religious and secular prophecy and events and to say ‘where is the coming of the Lord??’ and this will lead them to lose faith, to give up hope. This too was written and foretold in the bible:
(NKJV) 2 Peter 3:1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),
(NKJV) 2 Peter 3:2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
(NKJV) 2 Peter 3:3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
(NKJV) 2 Peter 3:4 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 creation.”
(NKJV) 2 Peter 3:5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
(NKJV) 2 Peter 3:6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
(NKJV) 2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
(NKJV) 2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
(NKJV) 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
(NKJV) 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
So ya, I think 2012 will be used by the devil to make a joke of the rapture, the coming judgement and further set the stage for the coming world government that the bible speaks of etc. I would suggest that some world changing events will happen in 2012 (syria, iran, world economy) but otherwise it will be quiet and people will further mock the bible, the rapture, and really anyone religious.
This is all really for you to think about though. You should consider how much time is left in this world for yourself, get in your bible, read about all the references to His second coming and the rapture (which are distinct events). There is detail as to what the next great war is (did you know biblically Iran cannot be destroyed in this next battle? As they are listed as one of the nations in the great battle against Israel?) Did you know the bible speaks of the destruction of Damascus? I blogged on that a while back, we could be close to that. The bible is relevant to you life TODAY, you need to get into it.
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