Q. I just want to start by saying thank you for for all of the work you do in providing the wealth of information and insight you have to everyone. I was just wondering what your thoughts were on all of the current hoohaw going on over the christian groups proclaiming May 21st 2011 as the confirmed rapture / judgment day. It’s been on the news and received countless amount of coverage / debate on the blogosphere.
A. I’ve looked at the rationale behind the May 21st date and can’t find any Biblical basis for it. The person who put it forth has a unique method of interpretation that to my way of thinking defies logic. People who support this will have to do in spite of what the Bible says, not because of it.
As you may know I believe the rapture is a number specific event, not a date specific one. Since no one on Earth knows either the current number in the Church or the full number spoken of by Paul in Romans 11:25, no one on Earth can know in advance the actual date of the rapture’s occurrence. But I hasten to add that the Bible does admonish us to read the signs and know the general time of our departure. Being children of the light we should not be taken by surprise when it happens (1 Thes. 5:4-9).