Friday, December 28, 2012

Joel Richardson, Tim Warner, and "The Time of the End"

Tim Warner of the Pristine Faith Restoration Society is the most recent date-setter. Warner has written the recent book The Time of the End, which is a Christian version of the Mayan prophecy. He concludes,
[My] new book The Time of the End provides a complete standard biblical chronology of the entire Bible based on these two calendars, showing that we are only about 2 decades away from the time of Great Tribulation.
Joel Richardson has enthusiastically endorsed Warner's date-setting book. I have responded to both here and here and here. Richardson did not like my criticism to another date-setting book with him deflecting away from the issue saying that I am unloving (as if Jesus and Paul did not have the freedom to be pointed with those who misled God's people). And Warner has responded to me—as predictably as any date-setter has in the past–with, "Read my book!" So according to Warner and Richardson we cannot discourage people away from date-setters until we have read their books. Wow. This is absurd. The fact that date-setting is discouraged by the biblical writers is good enough reason to reject it. Oh sure, Mr. Warner may claim, “I am not really a date-setter because (fill in the excuse).” But that is a shame that individuals feel justified to skirt around this biblical prohibition.

1 comment:

  1. I tried to post a comment on Joel's site but couldn't get it to take. Here is what I wrote:

    In reference to being able to know the time of Christ's return a great and well-authenticated Bible scholar said this:

    "It is evident that, in the minds of most Christians today, Matt. 24:36 is believed to prohibit anyone from being able to see the day of our Lord's return approaching. Matt. 24:36 states that 'No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.' In looking at this statement, you can easily see that it is impossible to know the exact day and hour of the Lord Jesus' return....However, this does not preclude or prevent the faithful from knowing the year, the month, and the week of the Lord's return."

    This model biblical scholar further stressed the importance of his analysis by carefully corroborating his model of prediction with many others. He wrote:

    "We see many people of God coming up with the same time, some by dreams, some by visions, some by words from God, and others have calculated it out as we have. Irregardless of how the information is obtained it all agrees that Jesus is coming September 1988. Unlike the wrong date-setters of the past who were only single voices, this message has many voices."
    *Edgar C. Whisenant "88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be In 1988" pp. 2-3, 49

    He who has ears, let him hear--Matthew 13.9