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This most recent false prophecy, David Meade
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By Dave Merrick —— Bio and Archives September 22, 2017
Now it is David Meade, a professing Christian, who is predicting a world’s end and rightfully causing gaping mouths and eye rolls from people who are already skeptics of any sort of spirituality. Thank you, David. Regardless of the special meanings you may have applied to your false prophecy, you’ve given the world yet another opportunity to laugh at God, His Son and his precious word, the Bible.
In a bizarre combination of numerology and astrology, stirred in with some of the Bible’s Book of Revelation, Mr Meade has calculated end of the world ‘as we know it’ on Saturday, September 23. Look out. Put on your aluminum foil hats and scuba suits before bed tonight.
It is the same sort of gobbledygook another false prophet, Charles Taze Russell - founder of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society - used to put forth his Adventist beliefs back when he said that Jesus had returned invisibly in 1874 (and the date of that invisible return, later on, was quietly changed to 1914). But he too put forth the notion (after the fact of his prophecy’s failures) that the world had ended invisibly to most of its inhabitants. Oh brother. I have always thought it was perfect that Russell himself died on Halloween night! (Or maybe he too just became invisiible.
How could we know, besides the doppelganger corpse he left behind?)
Before we go any further, I can assure you that the earth, in every respect and life as we know it, will be rolling along, business as usual, day after tomorrow and until God very noticeably closes the curtain on things. And, while we all should be able to see and sense the immediacy of the end of days (Matthew 16:3, Luke 12:56),
The Bible is quite clear that NO ONE can predict a precise moment for that finale to happen. And, that being the case, you can bank on the FACT that this latest prediction is more complete bunk.The cults and assorted nutcases who want to sell their books, or to simply hold power over weak-minded people, have for centuries been predicting dates for the world’s end and/or Christ’s return. And so long as people remain ignorant of the word of God, crafty deceivers will be making merchandise out of a constant supply of pitifully vulnerable victims.
Cults quite commonly use made-up prophecy to bolster their membership. For example, again, beginning around 1918, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society – today commonly known as ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’ – began teaching that the Old Testament saints – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and King David, etc.– would all be returning from the dead in 1925! They were so ‘convinced’ of this happening that they built a big, expensive mansion in San Diego where those guys were all to live (prior to traveling to Jerusalem, where they would oversee the establishment of the new world). That house was named “Beth Sarim” – which is Hebrew for ‘house of the princes.’ And while I don’t recall Abraham or any of his family ever showing up at that time, conveniently enough, their second president (the man who dreamed up all that stuff) lived quite comfortably in that beautiful mansion – built with contributions from his gullible membership – until his death in 1941.Later on, after the embarrassment of that false prophecy (one of their many, through the years) had subsided, the house was quietly sold.
But in all the years leading up to 1925, the Watchtower had ‘baptized’ (signed up) a lot of sincerely naïve, intimidated people who were fearful of the false prophecy (lie) they had been sold. And, regardless of how they were enlisted, more members equated to more working bodies who marched out and further sold the organization’s material.But most dangerous and damaging is how the adversary of Christ (the devil himself) uses false prophecy and other shenanigans of deceitful charlatans in order to vilify true Christianity and discredit the truth of God’s message.
Today, most of the unbelieving world has been convinced – through a recurring series of these fraudulent false alarms – that the entire message of the Bible (and certainly the return of Christ) is simply a contemptible and superstitious ruse. The fact is that our Lord has instructed his children to ‘occupy’ (by patience and faith, living a normal and productive life) until his return.Jesus himself warned us that the last days of this world would be rife with false teachers and false prophets. He specifically said that “many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:11)
And, precisely because of false prophecy and the misplaced expectations of the uninformed, the apostle Peter’s prediction in his second letter is also now coming to pass: “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts … And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep (died), all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation … For this they willingly are ignorant …” (2nd Peter 3:3) Despite anyone’s prophecies, or this world’s popular opinions, though, Jesus will return, and – given the undeniable, current fulfillment of His words in the time we are now living – quite soon.
Predictions such as Mr. Meade’s help to neutralize the seriousness of that approaching reality.As for the complete unpredictability of the moment of his return, the Bible warns: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night …” (2nd Peter 3:10) And also, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:42-44)Bottom line, and put quite simply, Jesus told us that, in the end times, apart from a person’s complete reliance upon the Holy Spirit of God (that small, righteous voice you occasionally feel tugging at your heart) in conjunction with the reliable litmus of God’s word, the Bible, people will be blind as bats as the final battle is waged for the souls of mankind. (1 Corinthians 2-14, Matthew 24:24, etc.)
This most recent false prophecy – which, mark my words, will not come to pass – amounts to only one more tiny piece of eternally fatal, dark trickery sprouting in the building storm of deception coming upon the world. The Jesus of the Bible, like the first, unsinkable Ark of Noah, remains the only chance for anyone to safely navigate the unprecedented evil that is now and will increasingly be unfolding in the days to come.So, when the world goes on as usual after the failure of this particular false prophecy, I wonder if Mr. Meade intends to refund the money to all the people who purchased his book? He also sells advice on how to survive in hard times.
How helpful for the people, now walking a little lighter, who plunked down the money he’s enjoyed from this book.I was thinking the title of his next book might well be, “What Happened?” But, as we all know, that one has been taken.
Dave Merrick, Davemerrick.us is an internationally known and published artist whose works reach into the greatest diversity of audiences. Known primarily for his astoundingly lifelike portraiture, Merrick’s drawings and paintings grace the walls of an impressive array of well-known corporate and private clientele. Many of his published wildlife pieces have become some of America’s most popular animal imagery.He has more original work in the Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame than any other artist. His wildlife and Southwestern-theme work is distributed internationally through Joan Cawley Galleries of Scottsdale AZ.