Sunday, September 6, 2009

Guess What's On the History Channel...

Normally and even abnormally, I'll watch the aforementioned channel on 120 between mandatory episodes of iCarly and Sponge bob, (or Penguins , for that matter). For the past week, I've seen programs about Antichrist, 2012, 2012 Nostradamus, and 2012 Nostradamus, the Antichrist (just kidding on the last one). There's another new one on this Wednesday called Nostradamus 2012 (surprise). The thing that really strikes me and has since I was old enough to understand Nostradamus, are the people making "sense" of his quatrains seem to do so after the fact. A real good example being the one supposedly concerning New Orleans and hurricane Katrina. It was a vague quatrain concerning crystals and a city by the swamp that can mean anything an interpreter wants it to mean.
While this can be said about any verse in the Bible, though said channel did attack it on the notion that the book of Thessalonians had predictions that never came true like they were supposed to in their time. I'll explain this later.
The show has used many references to astrology to try and explain the future and the present, but just like the show Antichrist, it gave so many viewpoints and credence to none. Even for me, it was all confusing.
God is the god of clarity, from my experience. He doesn't foster confusion or bewilderment and surely doesn't work in mysterious ways. The Bible is far from vague and especially with the King James Version, easy to understand and interpret. I never have to worry about confusing a person (Hitler) with a river (Hister, or the Danube) when reading God's word. If there is something not clear, we can pray to Him for clarity if the concordance doesn't clear things up. This is something not afforded by Nostradamus or his followers.
When reading 1 or 2 Thessalonians, for example, both are very short books which are after all, just letters. One prediction 1 Thes 4:16-18...

16. And the Lord will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump (trumpet) of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall ever be with the Lord. 18. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

No wonder why they never even bothered to address which verses never came to pass. Well, not to rain on any one's parade, the reason is because it hasn't happened yet. The two words I've italicized should give the reader the reason, but the Greek word for caught up or snatched, is raptured (in fact, Blogger even has raptured as a typo) folks. This is probably going to put me on the receiving end of those who are against a rapture, or feel that this is the idea of a nineteenth century crackpot, but it isn't.

The mainstream media has an interest in discrediting Christian beliefs and will if such an event did happen. They will use every explanation possible, as a pre-tribulation rapture, as well as Bible prophesy, is a threat to the status quo. There are other predictions which haven't come to pass yet, but this is no reason to discredit the Bible or any book therof. Fact is, the Lord or His word is not mocked. This isn't to say that people won't try and refute either, but it does say that He's not the One who needs to prove anything to us. Every prophesy He's ever made has come to pass thus far, and the scoffers are going to really have to stretch the truth, or ignore it altogether.

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