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In today’s headlines in our local newspaper I read a very interesting article that said that the world would end on the 21st of May 2011. The article was printed on the basis of research by some biblical scholars who claim to have been able to uncover the date of the apocalypse mentioned in the Bible. There are many other blogs and websites that also have this information, however, some of them mention the fact that the world would end on October 21st, 2011. According to these sites, the earth would be destroyed by fire, and the tormenting would start on May 21st, 2011 and last for a period of five months.

I fail to understand people who spread rumors like these. They say that the Bible has these dates hidden and they have managed to decode it and come to this assumption, but what about another part of the Bible that says that “No man can know the date nor time…”. This is somewhere in the book of Matthew, I’m not too sure, but I do remember reading it. The Bible also says this,

1 Thessalonians 5 2:3(King James Version)

” 2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

So looking at these straight forward verses, how on earth can man know the day and time of His arrival. Anyone can take a few words and bend them according to their needs. I would advise these people to please read the Bible more carefully and not bend the meaning of the Word just for a little bit of popularity. Remember there will be a Judgement day, and you will have to answer for every word that you used in vain.

I am no pastor, never will be, neither am I a holy Joe, but I do read my Bible regularly and that’s the only thing that matters. I don’t try to bend or play around with any of the words or verses. They were written that way and that’s the way they should be read.

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