- | Chris McCann
- A response to being incorrect with the prediction that, "in all likelihood, the world would end on October 7th."
For some time now E Bible Fellowship (and myself) have been looking towards October 7th as the likely end of the world. We believed there was a strong likelihood that God would complete His judgment and bring about the world’s destruction on that day. There was much biblical information pointing to this date and we freely shared it with all. Yet, consistently stressing throughout the entire time period that the world ending on that date was a “strong likelihood.” Since it is now October 8th it is now obvious that we were incorrect regarding the world’s ending on the 7th.
The World’s Continuation Is Not a Justification of the World
It should be noted that the world “not” being destroyed on the 7th is in no way some sort of divine justification of the world. According to the Word of God the sentence upon the world has been passed (it is guilty) and the world will certainly pass away as detailed in numerous places in the Bible. E Bible Fellowship was incorrect regarding the specific day of its end, but we were not incorrect concerning the fact that it will one day soon come to an end.
The world today is populated by a generation of people that has outdone all past generations for wickedness. It tends to view a “passed date” for its end as some sort of victory and celebrates it as though it means it will now never end. And yet, the truth is that the world is in its death throes. A date of destruction given to the world (like October 7th, 2015) is like a man with a terminal disease that was given a short time to live his Dr. The man passes the 6 months (or year) he was told. Yet the prognosis hasn’t changed. He’s still terminally ill. It’s still certain he will die from his disease. It’s just a matter of when that remains in question.
1 John 2:
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Did We Lie?
No. The fact is that we consistently told people that October 7th, 2015 (being the end of the world) was a strong likelihood. And according to the good amount of biblical evidence at our disposal it was. Therefore saying it was a “strong likelihood” was a true statement. We also openly acknowledged that there was a small likelihood that it would not happen. There was no lie or deceitfulness involved in any way.
The Church’s Opinion of E Bible Fellowship
The church’s opinion of no significance to us. The fact is that the Bible teaches that God has already judged the churches of the world (all of them) for their constant unfaithfulness towards the Word of God. God’s end time program of judgment started with the churches.
1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:
The Bible teaches that the church age is over. And the churches of the world are all operating without the presence of the Holy Spirit. The numerous doctrinal errors of all the world’s churches prove the condition of their spiritual darkness. Therefore E Bible Fellowship is completely unconcerned with how any church or its members perceive us.
The World’s Opinion of E Bible Fellowship
The world today operates in open rebellion against the Word of God on numerous points. It denies the Bible’s creation account (through the erroneous and ridiculous theory of evolution) and so it is no surprise that is also denies the possibility of the One that created the world also being the One that destroys it. Therefore any sort of serious presentation from the Bible of an “end of the world” event is met with much reviling and mocking. To the people of the world the idea of the Bible forecasting its end is ludicrous, and those sharing this kind of news are “crazy” themselves.
Perhaps the world’s opinion of the elect child of God’s mental health might mean something if the world conducted itself and its affairs with any sense of “sanity.” But it has not and does not. The world with its constant and incredibly increasing evil deeds demonstrates on a daily basis that it (and its inhabitants) know nothing of true soundness of mind.
Ecclesiastes 9:3 … yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
Plan B (what will E Bible Fellowship do next?)
Some times people ask: what’s your back up plan? What are you going to do now that the world did not end on October 7th?
Our answer has always been: we intend to keep reading and studying the Bible! Going back to the Word of God seeking truth is plan b, c, d, e, and every other option as well.
To Live Is Christ
God’s elect people would prefer to be with Christ (which the Bible says is far better), and yet we are also quite content to continue living in this world knowing that all the while we are here we are to “live for Christ.” The children of God are extremely tough minded individuals that by God’s grace will continue to live for His glory according to His perfect will in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation:
Deuteronomy 32:3 Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.