Judgment Day...The Signs Are Everywhere
May 12, 2011
It’s Not Happening on May 21st
Saskatoon, Chile, New Mexico, New Jersey. The signs of the end day are everywhere, but they just happen to be billboards placed all over the world by a para-church group who claim Judgment Day is on May 21st, 2011.
Is it possible that the end is on our doorstep? Is it likely the return of the Messiah with the rapture of millions and the resurrection of the dead could be just days away? If not now then when is this day of dread going to happen?
Aside from the obvious lack of magnitudinous end-time events and with barely a trickle of people “coming to Jesus” these days, there are a few very simple reasons why doomsday is not going to happen on May 21st.
We can get into the many inaccuracies of the Harold Camping and Family Bible Radio Camp, the founders of this move to ring in the judgment day, another time but let’s talk about one of the simple reasons why we will all wake up to a beautiful sunny May 22nd.
Do I believe this prophesied end-time activity is yet to come? Well that is neither here nor there, but I am about to let you in on the biggest and most simple secret to help you see why it’s not May 21st. And I’ll give you a heads up to help you see it before it comes…without the help of the end time fanatics sewing curiosity and confusion throughout the world. What is indisputable about the Day of Judgment is when this unique day in the history of the world will be. Judgement Day will take place on a certain day that is definitely not in May of 2011. To get info on when that “day” is we need look no further than first century Israel to find out what the believers of that period knew of the coming “Great and terrible day of the Lord.”
Have you ever heard a trumpet sound? Not the tantalizing rifs of the amazing Louis Armstrong, I mean the kind of a blast that gets the hair on the back of your neck to stand at attention. The kind of infrasound note that makes you feel like your heart could explode if you got any closer to it. This trumpet blast I am talking about is no common toot on a brass horn; rather it is a blast of intention and a blast to signal a momentous occasion. Okay, so I think we understand what kind of a blast I am talking about, but why does it matter you ask? Well to put it simply, the Bible shows us that this crazy day of future mayhem will take place when the trumpet sounds. Don’t take my word for it; look at how it is put in the New Testament;
Matthew 24:31 KJVA And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
1Corinthians 15:52 KJVA In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Now I know everyone has their own interpretation for the words of the bible and I’m no different, but the clue to figuring out when this Judgement Day is, comes by figuring out what the trumpet in the above verses is. Before I go on let me show you one more verse that identifies how the first century apostles thought Judgment Day would be on a day with an astounding trumpet blast;
1Th 4:16 KJVA For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Trumpets weren’t blown willy-nilly in ancient Israel and I assure you the May 21st suggestion for a day of judgment is miles off from the day when the all-important Last Trump is blown, that day happens to be in early fall every year. Here’s the gist of this special day of trumpet blasts that is thought to be a big closer for God at some point in the future…
Trumpets Reveal the End and The Beginning
In ancient Israel the year ended with the sound of a trumpet being blown. This was known as the Last Trump. And it came to be the one clarion call to let all the nations know that the festival for the New Year was starting. It’s called Rosh Hashanah (called The Feast of Trumpets if we translate the Hebrew language). This trumpet was based on an ancient calendar we no longer use and it was blown at the end of the year when the Crescent New Moon was first witnessed by priests in Israel. The fact is, no one knew the day or the hour that the crescent moon might appear so special protocols and signals for announcing it to the nation were implemented.
This special day on the ancient biblical calendar held a litany of profound themes for the observant. Rosh Hashanah was the day of the coronation of Kings for Israel and other nations, it was the day of remembrance, the day of the creation of the world, and it was to be the day where the righteous were written in the book of life and the wicked were assigned their place in death. All these things and many more were said to occur on the day of the last trump, including the day of the resurrection of the dead that so many Christian groups speak about.
Now this is only one reason why we aint goin’ skyward on the 21st of May but it’s a biggee. The return of Christ, at least according to a correct historical understanding of the Bible, has to take place on the day of the Last Trump, the Biblical festival of Trumpets. If we see the clues in the Bible in the way a first century hearer would see them then there is no question, May 21st of this year is not even a candidate for Judgement Day because it is not Rosh Hashanah on any calendar. All we have to do is hang on until some future Rosh Hashanah to get our share of the famous Judgement Day trumpet blast. So if you are packing your bags to head to the clouds on May 21st, you’ll only be deafened by the silence. That day is not Judgment day any more than it is Rosh Hashanah. So don’t be surprised when there is no trumpet sounding to let you know you’ve made it to glory…or not.