Before we get into the seven cardinal rules of the prophetic I want to discuss the topic of date setting for a bit, because, well, it has been at the forefront of many a Christian conversation of late. That's right, we're at it again, and like a bad sequel that tries to outdo its predecessor the prognosticators are prognosticating far worse this year than they did last year.
It seems every year around this time there is something that’s supposed to happen. Whether a planet killer, an extinction event, or a catastrophe of untold proportions, September seems to be the month when it’s supposed to go down, and every time, September comes and goes and we’re still here trying to explain to our families why we quit our job, sold off our belongings, and spent the last few weeks windsurfing in Hawaii.
I was still in Romania around this time last year when people started contacting me about September, and whether I had gone back there to avoid what was coming here. Did I know something I wasn’t saying? Was September really the end of all of it? I even had someone say they would be selling their home and donating the proceeds thereof to the ministry if we promised to spend it all by September, because after that it would be worthless. I told him to hold off, and that we’d talk in January, and if he still felt the same way we would put his money to good use feeding widows and orphans and such.
Now another September has rolled around and the big hubbub, judging from all the e-mails I’ve been getting is an asteroid that will collide with our blue planet by the end of September, and that will be the end of that.
Herein we have two possible options, and a teachable moment. Either what is being said is true, and we are on a collision course with a giant space boulder, or we are not. If it were true, there is absolutely nothing we could do about it anyway, so we should live each day as though it were our last because that’s how we are supposed to be living anyway. If it’s not true, then not only did we give ourselves coronaries by fretting over something we couldn’t control anyway, we told it to other people causing them to have coronaries as well.
Just as a side note, to put this entire matter to rest, we might kind of maybe want to crack open our Bibles and read about all the things that are supposed to take place preceding the eventual stars falling from the sky and the sun losing its light, before we set fire to everything we own and kiss our families goodbye. Just a thought.
I realize full well we love the notion of specificity. We want to know the when, the how, the who, the why, the where, and if possible, be given detailed instructions as to how to avoid it all.
The only problem with this is that is not how God works. Only once in the Bible did God set a specific time frame, and even then He put it off by 100 years because Nineveh repented. That is not such a good track record, but Christians far and wide seem to ignore the facts and continue trying to set dates ever so often.
By now we should have learned our lesson. Seriously, haven’t we learned our lesson by now? Starting with 88 reasons why Christ was supposed to be returning in 1988, to the sequel, 89 reasons why Christ was supposed to be returning in 1989, to a bunch of other date setters in between, to Harold’s 2011 big fail, to September, to November, to likely next year, and so on.
When will we realize that looking for dates is a fool’s quest?
When will we realize that knowing a specific date takes away from the drive to have an ongoing, protracted, lifelong relationship with God?
If our quest and goal is simply to avoid judgment, then our heart is not in the right place to begin with. If we’re looking for a date so we can get out of the stock market a few weeks before it all comes crumbling to the ground, or to hedge our bets somehow, then we are simply attempting to use God toward our own nefarious ends, and there is nothing Spiritual about that.
The plain truth is that I do not know these people who gave the words about September, but I know what they said did not materialize when they said it would materialize last September, so color me skeptical. That is the essence of this entire thing, and it should be a cautionary tale for every single individual who believes themselves to have been called of God to deliver a message.
Measure every word, confirm every message, make sure that you’re not giving words just for the sake of giving words, or because you feel as though it has been too long between messages.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.