Mark Your Calendar: Rapture Rescheduled for September 23, 2017
Dr. Vic Reasoner

THE ARMINIAN MAGAZINE. Issue 2. Fall 2014. Volume 32.
Date published to Extended

I received this link from an uncle who declared, We're in Revelation Times

It would not do for me to express my doubts to him, for that would mean I do not believe the Bible. After all there were four Scriptures cited. Never mind that Genesis 1:14 does NOT list signs of the end times as one of the purposes for astronomy. Never mind that Job 9:9 has nothing to do with Bible prophecy. Never mind that Luke 21:11 is describing the events prior to the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. Never mind that Revelation 12:1-2 is not referring to signs of the zodiac - which is astrology - which the Bible forbids in such passages as Isaiah 47:1-2; Jeremiah 10:2. Never mind that Jesus declared in Matthew 24:36 that no one knows the day or hour of Christ's return.

I am shocked that someone would resort to occult information to set a date for Christ's return, but this is not the first time. See my review at Amazon.

In 1974 John Gribbin and Stephen Plagemann wrote The Jupiter Effect in which they claimed that an alignment of the planets in 1982 might create major earthquakes. Even after these scientists retracted their theory, David Webber continued to circulate his book, Apocalyptic Signs in the Heavens. Over 2 million tracts entitled "Strange Events Forecast for 1982" continued to circulate, and Hal Lindsey continued to make eschatological predictions based on this prediction in his book The 1980s: Countdown to Armageddon.

Let me be clear, this was not based on occult astrology, but based on skewed astronomy. I consider this new prediction to be in a much worse class. We must be careful about using science to either support our interpretation of biblical prophecy or to conclude that Scripture must be in error. The first error is the bane of conservatives; the second error is the bane of liberals. Both result in bringing discredit to Scripture, which cannot be broken. However, we need to declare a moratorium on a hermeneutic which is based on occult astrology. Regardless of our eschatology, this is clearly out of bounds.