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False Prophets and Failed Predictions

As you can imagine, I frequently read other people’s assessments of timing the fulfillment of end times Bible prophecy.  Some people agree that Matthew 24:36 is misunderstood, and that only in English does it seem to rule out ever knowing the hour or the day – whereas in Greek, the verb is past tense, and was only meant to suggest that no one had known yet, up to that time.

This morning I happened to “Google” the words “WordPress Antichrist prophecy” to see what comes up, and stumbled onto the twelvedoves blog showing messages from Ron Reese, and message after message of why he chose a certain date, claiming that so many biblical clues point him to the same date.

But when I go to the one post that is supposed to be the most informative (LINK) with all the details backing him up, (as usual) I find almost nothing specifically leading him to his date.  I can cut and paste snippets of his words to make it sound like we’re on the same page: “there are several calculations pointing DIRECTLY to this very day.  I believe it will be Day 1 of modern-day Israel’s very first Jubilee Year!!!  Many, including myself, are convinced that the Jubilee cycle began the day that Israel re-captured their holy city of Jerusalem, in the 6-Day War…There are other major calculations that also point us DIRECTLY to this very same day.  We also have Obama, the Antichrist, and Pope Francis, the likely False Prophet…”

But why Ron Reese chooses to claim many clues to timing remains as much of a mystery to me as Harold Camping’s infamously false predictions based on nothing, the last of which was in 2011.  It seems like Reese decided to start at June 7, 1967 (instead of June 6) and proceed 49 “biblical years” of just 360 days each.  49 normal years would lead to June 2016 (a time I do find significant) but Reese preferred 360 day years leading to Yom Kippur on September 23, 2015 – for the rapture.  Not only did the rapture obviously not occur that day, not only does he give the idea of calculating future dates a bad name through his failure, and not only does he (in my opinion) mistakenly expect a pre-trib rapture (when so much scripture tells us of things like the Antichrist which must come first) but Reese apparently based his date entirely on the single idea – a bad idea – to proceed 49 times 360 days forward from June 7, 1967 and assume the date MUST be meaningful (maybe because it fell near the Shemitah and the last of the four Blood Moons.  I don’t know because Reese’s many clues or “several calculations” don’t seem to be on the web site, as far as I can tell.
At least for the date I believe is important in regard to upcoming end times prophecy:
1 – I go 49 normal years ahead from the Israeli conquest of East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount on the night of June 6, 1967
2 – to end at June 6, 2016 – the sixth day of sixth month of a year ending in six – a 6/6/6 type date for the Antichrist to stand in the Temple
3 – when a rare astronomical alignment of Venus (representing Lucifer) is directly behind (anti-) the Sun (representing Christ)
4 – an alignment predicted by measurements within the Great Pyramid at Giza – In “The Great Pyramid Decoded”, author Peter Lemesurier warned us 40 years ago that the pyramid literally pointed to Israel and the sun and Venus on some future June 6 indicating an “anti-Messiah”
5 – “As above, so below.”
6 – an alignment between the horns of Taurus – which also matches details of the myth of the Egyptian goddess of Destruction, Hathor
7 – This date allows a starting point for the final seven years on the day John Kerry was nominated as Secretary of State, put in charge of the “peace process” and plans for Obama’s “Covenant of Peoples” tour were started – on December 21, 2012
8 – which not coincidentally, was the hyped up end date of the Mayan Long Count calendar
9 – allowing 1260 days to pass before a failed assassination and then miraculous resurrection for the Antichrist on June 6, 2016
10 – on the Muslim holy day of Ramadan, when I suspect a certain Muslim President will be in Jerusalem to desecrate the new Temple
…and several other clues requiring a lengthier explanation….
I could still be wrong in my timeline – but at least a have MANY different clues pointing to the same date – as I also do for the end of the seven years in December 2019.  If I have your attention, consider reading – End Times and 2019 – and – Antichrist 2016-2019
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About David Montaigne

Historian, investigator, and author of prophecy books like End Times and 2019, and Antichrist 2016-2019

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2 thoughts on “False Prophets and Failed Predictions

  1. I am a devout Christian. I am saved in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I frequently do Bible studies with an elder and my mother at our Church. The fact the you believe you have successfully predicted who the Antichrist is, when the end of times is, etc is pretty much disrespectful to God, thinking you can know his ways and when he will act. All of that information is withheld only for him. No one on this Earth knows when these events will happen. You are one of hundreds of people who think they have predicted when these biblical events will happen when you do not know at all. When these dates arrive and nothing happens then you will move the dates more into the future just as everyone else does. Just stop. You don’t know any of this. You people are what makes other people think Christians are crazy.

    Posted by Coolidge Owens | October 19, 2015, 10:07 pm
    • Coolidge, you have a strong OPINION that you are right. I may be wrong in my conclusions on a timeline, but the idea that calculating dates is possible cannot be wrong – despite what you and many other English-language readers have been taught in recent years.

      as I wrote near the beginning of my last book:

      “If we had asked a scientist 200 years ago why uranium is radioactive, he may have said “No one knows.” That doesn’t mean we don’t know today. But readers of English Bibles looking at Matthew 24:36 read a statement about not knowing something in the past, and forever misinterpret it to mean that we can never know – when the Bible specifically tells us that all will be revealed. As John Walvoord (author, theologian and 34-year president of Dallas Theological Seminary) has written: “Because of imperfect translations, some important truth is hidden to the one who reads only the English text of the Bible.” I have found that to be an understatement.

      In English, Mark 6:3 asks: “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary?” I never heard anyone question that Jesus was a carpenter – until I discussed Him with Israelis and Palestinians, who said: “Look around (we were in Nazareth) – do you see a lot of trees? Everything in Israel is built out of stone.” Where I live, wood is plentiful. Pennsylvania even means “Penn’s Woods.” We build wooden homes. Not in Israel. In the original Greek text of the Bible Jesus is referred to as a “tekton” (τεκτων) which means “builder” or “craftsman” – more likely a stonemason than a carpenter. Like the “no one knows” in Matthew 24:36 – is the carpenter idea another false assumption Americans have gotten stuck with because of poor translation?

      Did Jesus ever use wood or carpentry metaphors in his parables or sermons?
      He repeatedly uses stone metaphors – He changes Simon’s name to Peter (stone is “petra” in Greek) and says to him in Matthew 16:18 “you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church.” Jesus Himself is referred to as a stone, such as “a living stone which has been rejected,” (1 Peter 2:4) or “the stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief corner stone,” (Matthew 21:42) or “I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation” (Isaiah 28:16) or the “top stone” (capstone) in Zechariah 4:7. In Nazareth, they politely suggest that they portray Jesus as a carpenter because that is what American tourists expect – but that in the Middle East He has always been viewed as a stonemason.

      We too often assume we understand something without investigating. Whether Jesus cut wood or stone doesn’t affect much. But misunderstanding Matthew 24:36 and assuming we can never know the timing of future events in advance does matter. Of course the main point of the verse, in full context, was to emphasize that when Christ returns for us it is like a groom coming for his bride. This had already been explained in Matthew 22:2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.” In ancient Israel, when a couple decided to marry, the groom would pay the bride price to her father, then leave to build at least one new room at his father’s house, where the couple would live after the groom’s father felt the construction was complete. Only the groom’s father could decide the new home was ready and no one else could plan a wedding date before he approved. So when the apostles asked Jesus when He would come back (to claim us, His bride) He replied: “of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” He was making an important comparison to a groom returning for a bride.

      God has always known the date of the heavenly wedding. And eventually, the groom and the bride and other guests must know the date as well; it is a crucial part of the invitation. In Isaiah 45:19 God suggests: “I have not spoken in secret.” Daniel 2:28 says “there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries… what will take place in the latter days.” A correct translation of Matthew 24:36 suggests that we simply don’t know yet. And many passages suggest that we will know someday: Luke 8:17 says “For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” So when Acts 17:31 tells us “He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world,” we will eventually know the date.

      If it were true that we will never know such things – that would invalidate Bible prophecy, especially the Book of Revelation. “The very word, ‘Revelation’ (Apokalupsis) of Revelation 1:1 signifies a ‘disclosure’ of something previously unknown, hidden, or beclouded.” All will be revealed. When will the timing be right to fully reveal the identity of the Antichrist and all the other details of end times prophecy? Not until the second half of the final seven years. In Daniel 12:4 the archangel Gabriel explained the meaning of Daniel’s visions to him, but told him to “conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time.” Sometimes, as Paul explained in 2 Corinthians 12:4, a prophet is allowed to have a special understanding of the future, but then “is not permitted to speak.”

      We were not meant to know all the details in the days of Daniel – or Matthew – but all is revealed before the end, and I think the evidence shows that we are already in the first half of Daniel’s 70th week: “a seven-year period that will become more and more intense as we get closer to Christ’s second coming.” It must seem very convenient that I come up with dates in our very near future. But based on scripture, the only time anyone could correctly deduce the time of the end is right before the end!”

      “Most Christians were also taught that when Jesus returns “He will come like a thief in the night.” This is another misunderstanding based on Revelation 3:3, which tells us to pay attention: “If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come.” But as Mark Biltz explains: “Many people tell me they thought Messiah is supposed to come as a thief in the night. They are correct, but we have to read in context to whom He comes as a thief in the night.” This is conditional – not knowing is only for those who do not wake up. If we do pay attention – if we are “awake” to the clues we are given – then we can know – as suggested in 1 Thessalonians 5:4 “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief.” Faithful servants are awake to the truth and aware of the clues.

      The comparison to a “thief in the night” was a reference to the Jewish Temple’s high priest and the Temple guards, and how they would be perceived by a Temple priest only if that priest neglected his duties and fell asleep at his post. The Hebrew people believed that the fire of the altar in their Temple was a heavenly fire brought down by God, and that this special flame could never be replaced if their eternal flame went out. So it was very important for Temple priests to keep watch. If they fell asleep while guarding the Temple, looters could steal gold and silver – or far worse – the sacred fire of the altar could burn out. So the high priest and other Temple guards made their rounds to repeatedly check on the priest on duty overnight. If they found him sleeping, they would set his robe on fire. The shame of a burned robe, coupled with the fear of being burned, generally kept the priests awake on their watch. To a priest who was awake, the coming of the High Priest was friendly and expected as scheduled. But if the priest was asleep, his master’s arrival would be terrifying.

      The lesson for the weary priest on night watch was “Don’t fall asleep when you should be watching. If you are awake and watching, then the high priest will arrive as a friend at the hour you expect him. If you are neglecting your duty to God and are asleep, then you will be burned.” Remember Hebrews 9:11 “when Christ appeared as a high priest” and Hebrews 10:21 “and since we have a great priest over the house of God…” Jesus is our High Priest of God’s Temple! The lesson for Christians today is: Think about what the Bible says and be awake to its clues; then when the highest priest of all comes back, it will be exactly when you expected Him, and you will be ready, and He will come as a friend. If you choose to neglect what the Bible says and be mentally asleep, He will come as a thief in the night.”

      “Concerning that day and the hour no one hath known.” Matthew 24:36 (Young’s Literal Translation)

      “For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known.” Luke 8:17

      “These words are concealed and sealed up until the end time.” Daniel 12:9

      If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come.” Revelation 3:3

      “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4

      Posted by David Montaigne | October 20, 2015, 2:53 pm

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