Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Error of Rapture Date Setting

"The Lord is coming right away."  That is the message, and we must sound the alarm for people to prepare.  But many go beyond that and overreach by date-setting.  As I have stated previously The Timing of the Rapture, Jesus really meant that no man knows the day or hour, and we must not veer to the left or right of that, or else we will get into error.

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." (Mt 24:36)

We can know the season, according to Mt 24:32-33, and I believe we are in the season right now.  That is enough for us to know. When we set dates and they do not happen, it only creates confusion, and does not glorify God.  It also gives the pagans an opportunity to mock.    

Superstitious Infatuation with the Date
I would like to quote from brother Yong Doo Kim, whom I love and respect, and have written about in my blog, Baptized by Blazing Fire.  He stated in his book:

"Many people are endlessly crying out that we are in the end time. Therefore, in order to discern this evil generation, people are gathering around gifted people. The people are wondering when the Lord will return. But most clear and certain is the fact that the gifted people do not know the answer to that question. It is only up to God. With the Lord’s statement in Matthew Chapter 24, we can indirectly discern the end time apocalyptic phenomenal events."

"As a matter of fact, when I visited heaven, I asked Apostle Paul a question. Paul humbly directed me to deeply read through the four gospels which have the statements of the Lord rather than the epistles of Paul. He pointed out and said that the four gospels are more beneficial. The end time apocalyptic phenomenal events in Matthew Chapter 24 would be the place to go for the answer."

"In some instances, there are people prowling around to determine the final day. But this infatuation to find the determined final day is clearly superstition. The best route for Christians is to be ready at all times. We must prepare ourselves spiritually on a daily basis."

"The Lord made some statements to me. He said that when the pastors do not prepare the congregations for rapture beforehand, the result will be that they will all be left behind. The believers who are left behind will vent out their anger on their pastors. They will be angered for not being raptured. The believers will take their revenge on pastors who had taught them in error during their lives. The pastors will die brutally by hands of their church members who were left behind. This event will occur throughout the world in all places and churches. As a pastor, I am truly in fear."

The Lord Jesus told brother Kim that His coming is "very near."  He recorded this in Baptize by Blazing Fire (Book 5).  Immediately afterward, brother Kim asked the Lord a related question.  I will quote directly from the book:

Brother Yong-Doo Kim
"Pastor Kim: My beloved Lord, thank you for your grace. Someone has stated that You will come when his/her grandchild is a teenager, specifically mid teens. Is he/she deluded?"

"Jesus: My beloved servant, if I disclose the date of my coming to some of my servants, then chaos will come upon the world. As I have stated in the Bible, I will come like a thief and no one will know. However, for those who are spiritually awaken, they will know that my coming is soon. They will not know the exact date but will know the season. They will suddenly realize the urgency of the coming. In that season, it will only be a matter of time."

"It will not be years and days of prophesying that the gates of heaven are opening or if the arch angels are blowing the trumpets, when I come for My bride, it will happen abruptly. For those spiritually awakened, when you are in a moment of prayer, suddenly, you will know and feel it spiritually through the spiritual realm that I am coming. All who are waiting and awakened will feel it together."

"I do not state the date to any single person, otherwise, the world may become chaotic and disorder may follow. Therefore, a date will not be given. Only the Father knows the date. My beloved servants, if you only love Me and you are abiding in Me, you will never be bewildered for not knowing the date."

A Warning to Date Setters
Zipporah Mushala
A Zambian sister I know, named Zipporah Mushala, received a message from the Lord for those who set rapture dates.  The Lord brought Zipporah and her sister Rachael back to Himself in 2011, and baptized them in the Holy Spirit.  Since then, they have been receiving dreams, visions, and revelations from the Lord. 

Zipporah states: "It's indeed such a terrible error to set a date for the rapture, for we just know that He is to come very soon, but not exactly when. The Lord Jesus Christ gave me a message for people who set dates that they should stop listening to satan's voice, as he is the only one who twists Scripture. (This is in the sense that some have misinterpreted some Scriptures to say that they can know the date of the rapture, when the Bible clearly says no one knows!) The Bible also says to test every spirit, to see if it is of God. And if one receives a revelation contrary to the word of God, then we know that it is not of God."

I believe that all date setters would do well to heed this warning from the Lord! You can read more about the Mushala sisters, and their messages from the Lord, in my articles, Zipporah Mushala Testimony of Hell and Rachael Mushala Testimony of Hell.

Putting it All Together
As far as I am aware, the Lord has been indicating to His sons and daughters for at least four years that He is "coming right away."  I recall when He gave Angelica Zambrano this message in 2009, saying, "I am no longer at the door; I am beyond the door.  I will come soon; My coming is near."  He also told her, "...Do not tell My people that I am coming soon.  Tell My people that I am coming right away." Later the Lord repeated again, "Tell My people that I am coming right away and that I am coming for a holy people.  Tell My people that only the holy ones, only the holy ones will see Me! 

It is still true today, and we must be ready when it suddenly happens.  But don't assume you are ready, because very few will actually make it to heaven in the rapture.  As Jesus said, "But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."  (Mt 7:14).

The Lord said to sister Angelica, "My people have left Me and gone back to worldly things...Tell My people to return to the old paths." Only the holy ones will see Him.  Only the holy ones will live in heaven. He said to Angelica, "I am coming for a holy people, ready, without blemish, without wrinkle and without defilement..." There will be no idolators, drunkards, adulterers, fornicators, greedy or swindlers in heaven.  Therefore, let us all seek the Lord now while there is time, and not seek the date of His return.

"Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near." (Is 55:6)

He is coming, but not for those that are half-hearted.  He will return only for a people that is seeking Him in spirit and in truth.  There is a promise for those who seek Him with all their hearts:

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jer 29:13)

Let's keep our eyes focused on Him, not the calendar, since everyone who has ever claimed to know the rapture date has been wrong.  Adore Him.

"Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb 12:2)

If you are not living your life for Jesus, keeping His Word, then I urge you to repent now before it's too late.  Return to the old paths! Live your life completely and solely for Him from this day forward, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Attribution notice:Most other Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®, unless otherwise noted.

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.

I also encourage you to read Rapture Revelation to Rachael Mushala, Rapture Revelation to Zipora Bitrus, The 311 MomentThe Timing of the Rapture, Rapture Dream: State of Watch - December 2013, The Day of Our Lord’s Wedding is at Hand,  Rapture Revelation to Ayodelle Sawyerr, and Rapture Revelation to Linda Ngaujah

You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

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