What Does The Bible Say About Date Setters That Predict The End Of The World?

by Dr. Michael L. Williams · Print Print · Email Email

Recently, many people have become interested in end times prophecies because of blood moon eclipses that are occurring on certain Jewish holy days. Although interest in end times prophecies are not new, there are some who will set dates for the return of Christ and promote their predictions as something that God has personally revealed to them. Unfortunately, when these predictions have failed, they will quickly dismiss it as being correctly calculated, but what was to happen had a different meaning. How do we know if these self-proclaimed end-times prophets are genuine and what does the Bible say about date setter that predict the end of the world? The Bible has the answers to these questions.

What Does The Bible Say About Date Setters That Predict The End Of The World

What do people mean when they talk about the end of the world?

For many people, the end of the world is the day that man destroys himself through nuclear war. For others, it may be some dreaded disease or natural catastrophe like a giant asteroid hitting the earth. Still for some, the end of the world has Biblical significance. It is this last group of people that are usually the ones engaged in date setting of the world demise. While the Bible does speak of the present form of the heavens and earth being destroyed, there are many prophetic things that will take place long before this happens (Isaiah 34:4; Mark 13:31; 2 Peter 3:9-13; Revelation 6:12-17; Revelation 21:1).

Usually, date setters focus on the Battle of Armageddon, which the Bible describes as happening at the second coming of Christ in Revelation 19. This event takes place seven years after the resurrection and rapture described in 1 Corinthians 15:12-58 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. However, no one knows when the rapture and resurrection will occur, so setting a date for Armageddon is not possible. Likewise, the end of the present day heavens and earth occur about 1007 years after the rapture and resurrection too, so setting a date for the end of the world is also impossible.

What makes date setters think they can predict the end of the world?

There are many prophecies in the Bible that have occurred when they were predicted (Isaiah 7:14-16; Isaiah 9:6-7; Isaiah 53; Daniel 9). However, there are many more prophecies yet to be fulfilled. Of particular note is Daniel 12, which gives a prophetic overview of things to come starting with the rapture and resurrection. In this passage, there are numerous things that are predicted to happen along with numbers of days when they will occur. Likewise, in this chapter in verse four, the Lord told Daniel to “shut up the words and seal the book to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” This passage, as well as others, has been used by those who think that we are living in the time described to Daniel and that God has revealed new knowledge to them about when these events will happen. Numerous people in recent history have tried to predict these events, but in each and every case, they have been wrong. Examples are the 7th Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others that found their start in failed predictions of the years 1843 and 1844.

Can anyone predict when the end-times events will occur?

Jesus addressed this in Mark 13:24-37, which is a parallel passage of Matthew 24. In verses 24-27, Jesus described the conditions that will be present when He returns to earth at His second coming. In verse 28-30, He described the signs that the end is near. He did not give details of the exact date. Instead, He described the time using the parable of a fig tree budding and putting forth leaves with the approach of summer. This is the extent of linking time with the events. We are told of signs that let us know the end is near, but we do not know the exact dates. Jesus affirms this in Mark 13:31-33 as follows:

“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.”

Of particular note is that as a human, Jesus and even the angels did not even know the day and hour that the world would end. It makes one wonder, that if Jesus did not know and the angels do not know, what makes us think we can know? Therefore, it is obvious that no one can predict when the end of the world will occur. However, we can know when the season is getting close. We can see the signs on a worldwide scale that tell us when it is getting close.

While we do not know when these events will occur, it is clear from the reestablishment of the nation of Israel and the signs we are seeing that are described in Matthew 24:3-14 and other passages that we are getting closer. Because of this, we should pay close heed to His words in Mark 14:32-37 as follows:

“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”

Conclusion

When people talk about the end of the world it can be for different reasons. Biblically, people may be referring to the Battle of Armageddon or the actual end of the present physical heavens and earth. People who try and set dates for end-times events think that God has revealed to them special knowledge. However, Jesus said that no one can know when it will take place. But, He did tell us that we should watch closely when we see the signs that the end is close.

Take a look at this related article: Bible Verses About End Times

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, King James Version

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David Sardes October 30, 2015 at 9:18 pm

It amazes me that people believe they know the date for the world’s end when the son of GOD had not been given that knowledge from his father. It does speak to our arrogance and self-centeredness which never seems to surprise me.

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Robert Nicholas August 31, 2016 at 3:38 am

Hi Dr Williams

Jesus will return on 24th September 2029.

Here’s my web site:

https://guidetothebible.wordpress.com/

Kind regards
Robert Nicholas

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Fred Eans August 30, 2017 at 1:12 pm

On another page there was a “Born Again” statement. With its’ matter of factness, I think it is under a misunderstanding of the meaning of what it means.

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Jack Wellman August 30, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Hello Mr. Evans. The statement that one must be born again is not ours. It is from Jesus in John 3 and unless one is born again, or literally in the Greek, “born from above,” one cannot enter the kingdom. God alone brings us to life (Eph 2:1-5) just as Lazarus could not raise himself from the dead. Unless one is quickened by God’s Spirit, they are still dead in their sins. God does the calling (Eph 1) and drawing (John 6:44).

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Patti Bates September 25, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Learn your dispensations. The Gospels were written to the Jews before the church was conceived, so He couldn’t have been talking to The church about the rapture. He was talking about His second coming. Matt 24:36 is referring to verse 35 when heaven and earth pass away, not the rapture. Paul tells us we are children of light that the rapture won’t take us by surprise.

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Jack Wellman September 26, 2017 at 9:47 am

Hello Patti. I think the author is right about not being able to set dates and the truth is, Jesus was speaking to the church in advance (matt 18:15-20) long before it began on the day of Pentecost so the dispensations are not the problem, it is the fact that the gospels were written for all believers, and not just the Jews, so from a biblical standpoint, you are wrong.

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Marilyn Crolley October 16, 2017 at 1:49 am

I was hoping it would be really soon – like tomorrow. Maranantha!

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Cheryl April 17, 2018 at 9:35 am

I worry for my kids. Long ago they accepted Jesus as their savior. Today they question God’s existence. I am a 3 time miracle. I should have died. I am here and I tell them over and over God saved me and healed me. Today they don’t know if this so called hype is really God or if it is a bunch of people holding on to a hope. We know the truth. Please pray for my 4 children and those around the world like them. Please pray for our grandchildren and great grandchildren for their childhood is more and more becoming much more difficult then ours ever was. Thank you!

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Cheryl April 17, 2018 at 9:37 am

God bless you and your ministry

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