Well… if you are reading this… the chances are pretty good the Rapture of the Church didn’t happen on Saturday. David Meade, who dubs himself a “Christian Researcher” made the claim that our world would suffer a cataclysmic event that would trigger the Rapture of the Church to Heaven on September 23 due to some mathematical formula involving the number “33”. Yeah… 33.

If you are anything like me, you probably sigh heavily whenever some Christian has “discovered” some inside information about when the end of the world will happen, and then actually goes public with their declaration. I would love to tell those folks, “thank you for pouring gasoline on the fire of atheists that claim Christians are nuts”.

These folks blatantly ignore Jesus’ own words on the subject of the end of the world. “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” — Jesus Matthew 24:36.

In Matthew 25 Jesus taught three parables about the end of the world, and incidentally, the “when” question is never answered. Jesus’ message in those three parables? Be ready! Don’t be taken by surprise when He returns. I like to think of it this way, if I happen to be alive when Jesus returns I don’t want to have any regrets about how I am serving Him in my life.

So… David Meade, better crunch those numbers again, or perhaps… maybe… just maybe… you should put down the calculator and teach a Sunday School Class. Visit a nursing home. Feed some folks who are hungry. Invest in someone who is downtrodden. You know, do something for Jesus that actually has value. May we all be people who are actively serving in the Kingdom when The King comes back!

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