Sorry to end your fun Fox News/NatGeo/Express/Newsweek/USA Today/MSM, but we do not believe the world will end on Saturday nor do we think the world will end in 2017. As a matter of fact, words have been so taken out of context that it’s difficult for readers just now hearing about 9/23/17 to distinguish between what Christians are actually saying and what is just media sensation.
1. This Saturday, September 23rd, an astronomical alignment will form that literally matches the description given in Revelation 12:1-2. I’ve even seen agnostics admit as much. There’s no doubt the alignment matches the description – it just does. The question is: do you believe this is purely coincidence or is God’s Word true? It’s a sign from God because He gave it to us in His Word. That much anyone can see for themselves by downloading a free astronomy program and punching in the date and coordinates. Virgo is the only constellation that represents a woman on the ecliptic. The sun and moon are exactly where the prophecy says they would be. The nine stars of Leo in addition to Mercury, Mars, and Venus form an incredible and perfectly aligned crown of 12 stars (the Bible doesn’t distinguish between planets and stars). The icing on the cake is the fact that the King Planet Jupiter resides in Virgo’s womb for 9 months before being “born” – an extremely unusual occurrence that defies those who say this alignment isn’t unique (it is).
2. I can’t speak for everyone, but as for me and those I fellowship with and all the Christian scholars I follow, none of us teach or believe that the world will end this year. Far from it. Revelation 20:1-10 tells us that beforeGod creates “a new heaven and a new earth” (thus the end of the current world and the creation of a new one) Christ will return to earth and establish a Kingdom that lasts for 1,000 years. Therefore the end of the world can never be closer than 1,000 + 7 years from now (the extra seven years being the length of the coming Tribulation). But wait! Ecclesiastes 1:4 says that the earth will last forever. For that reason, some Christian scholars believe “a new heaven and a new earth” is a rejuvenation of the current creation. Either way, the world doesn’t end for 1,000 years, if ever.
3. What are we actually saying will happen this Saturday and what’s the significance? A sign prophesied in the Bible is going to occur. This is verifiable with any astronomy program and even with the naked eye. Observers in the Middle East will be able to see the first half of the sign before the sun rises on 9/23 and the second half after the sun sets.
The significance? We can only speculate because we can’t see the result yet. We are hoping and longing for the rapture of Christ’s Church because we want to be with Our Lord who saved us, but we don’t know when exactly that will occur – perhaps days from now or perhaps next year – we don’t know. All we’re saying is that when you begin to see major prophecies pertaining to Jesus’ second coming from the Bible fulfilled, which is the only true and verifiable book of divine revelation, then you should probably pay attention. This isn’t gobbly-gook from Nostradamus. This is the Bible. If the world hasn’t dramatically changed by next week, we will still be saying the same thing: the sign is still the sign and you need to pay attention.
When it comes to signs, the Revelation 12 Sign is just the icing on the cake. I’ve previously given 20 reasons why we are nearing the time of the rapture and subsequent second coming of Christ and also 10 reasons whyJesus will return in our lifetime. Jesus’ Parable of the Fig Tree also points to our time, as well. For your own sake, don’t ignore this, but study it yourself to see if what we’re saying is true and then get on board the ark before it’s too late.
Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.
Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.