I'm sorry. I was wrong. I was a prideful idiot. I deceived myself. I have spoken presumptuously and deserve death under the Law according to Deuteronomy... And I deceived others who believed me. I lusted after the promise of the Kingdom, and through my pride and arrogance, I thought I could divine the time, and/or that I was worthy enough to be given divine revelation. Obviously, I was preaching out of my vain imagination, because I came to the wrong conclusions. Nothing happened! I was wrong! I'm sorry!
Do you want to know what happened? My thoughts on how I went so wrong?
The Bible seems to promise a special blessing to those who are watching and preaching about the time of the end when it happens, (Mat. 24:45-47) and I lusted for that special blessing to fall upon me. I am literally amazed at how far I went to decieve myself, by collecting so MUCH so-called "evidence" pointing to the Lord Jesus Christ's return. I am amazed by the size of the collection of interesting coincidences that literally happened to fall into my lap. I honestly thought I had gotten several confirmations from the Lord about this, because the way some of these "coincidences" came to me seemed otherworldly... But I jumped to the wrong conclusion about what it all meant.
I was honestly trying to be a faithful witness. After all my watching and studies, I considered my options. What was I to do in this situation? I prayed to God for confirmation, got what I felt was an answer, went to the Bible to confirm it further... That's what a Christian is supposed to do, right? But, obviously I was wrong.
What if I was right, and I said nothing? I would be in trouble with God! Ezek 33:6 --but that presumes that either God or the community has appointed me to be a watchman.
What if I was wrong? OK, my reputation is damaged, but that is nothing. Why should I let any possibility of being wrong or fear about my reputation direct my actions? That's pride. So, trying to overcome that kind of pride, I risked my reputation, and spoke out loudly about my "now proven-to-be erroneous" conclusions. In trying to present the information, I started with the false conclusion first, to hopefully draw people in to consider the "coincidences", but, in fact, just the opposite happened. Most rejected everything right off the bat, before even really investigating much of anything.
But, my studies should NOT have been about "being right vs. being wrong" about a possible (or likely, or probable) "Rapture on Feast of Trumpets" for this year.
My major mistake was in how I dressed up the information, and how I responded to the critics. I took much of the general criticism of the coincidences and parallels as personal attacks. And some of it was personal. But again, if I had no pride, none of that should have mattered to me. But it did--showing that my pride was still getting in my way. Very quickly, under pressure and under attack, I went to defend myself--so much so, that I deceived myself into thinking that my studies constituted irrefutable proof of the Rapture on Sept. 11th--when all I should have done to begin with was present the evidence of coincidences, and let people draw their own conclusions. I held myself up as a prophet, instead of as a watchman, and there's a difference.
There's a difference between saying "Hey, I think I see something over there, can you take a look and tell me what do you think it is?" and saying, "Emergency, emergency, Iceberg dead ahead!" I messed up bigtime.
The Bible says to watch and be ready, not to raise false alarms or create false hope--which I am guilty of.
Surely, I have erred not only against the Faith, but against the Lord Jesus Christ by bringing reproach against His name and His Word the Bible in my vain attempt to make it say that which it obviously did not say.
The Bible seems to indicate that there will be special punishments for people who cause people to disbelieve the Word of God, or who cause people to be worse off after hearing the message... In the New Testament, over and over again, the exortation is made that we walk in ways that do not cause other people to stumble, that our actions do not cause those with less faith to lose faith, that we behave and conduct ourselves in ways that are beyond reproach. I have completely failed in following those guidelines.
I was certainly wrong, and it looks like I have some serious repenting and studying to do. Please pray for me that I will not be deceived again, and that I learn humility, humbleness, and the discernment of spirits.
I am glad that I am not living under the old Law, which is death, but rather under the Grace of Forgiveness of Sins by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who died in the place of the Sin of all mankind, and that I worship a forgiving God, who is slow to anger, quick to show mercy, and is faithful to forgive us if we confess our sins.
[Rom 5:8] But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us.
[1John 1:8] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [1 John 1:9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Now, repent means to turn away from. Specifically, I repent of my pride, my arrogance, my alarmism, my ignorance. But I don't repent from watching, from exhorting others to repent and turn to Jesus because his return is near...
I'm terribly sorry to those Christians who have believed in my studies. Truly, nobody should put their trust in any man, but rather, in the Bible and in God. As I have tried to stress, [2Tim 2:15] "Study to shew thyself approved unto God..." and be like the Bereans who [Acts 17:11] "...searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." [Phil 2:12] ... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
I'm terribly sorry to all of those athiests & agnostics who could care less about the Bible to begin with, and who now have further ammunition with which to use to criticize God, the Bible and my fellow Christians, because I have made it harder for all of you to see God's love.
Perhaps worst of all, I have actually caused a few Christians to declare a hatred towards me! Yikes! What have I done?
[1John 4:20] If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is
a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he
love God whom he hath not seen?
[1John 4:21] And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
So, please, please forgive me for my errors! Do not hate me for my foolishness, my pride and for what I have done! It would be better if I were never born than to have people stumble and fall because they now hate me because of my errors.
It's a different thing altogether to have people hate me if I am standing for the truth and for righteousness' sake. That naturally follows a true Christian. In fact, Christians are so hated worldwide that they are being killed in many countries even today, and this will probably continue.
I still believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins and was raised from the dead, that He is come in the flesh, that Jesus is Lord, that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, that we are living in the last days, and that His return is near, and that we should preach the good news of the gospel, which is that He came, died, and was resurrected, so that all who believe on Him might have eternal life, and that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous, and that all men will bow to the Lord Jesus Christ in the fullness of time; but before then, there will arise an antichrist who will deceive the whole world--all but the elect, against whom he will make war and overcome.
There is still a lot of reasons to believe in a "Rapture on Feast of Trumpets"... maybe it will happen next year, or some other year down the road, or maybe anytime, who knows? Regardless of my foolishness shown this last month, those parallels deserve study and investigation by any serious Bible student.
Anyone who throws out what the Bible has to say because of me, is guilty of throwing out the baby with the bathwater. I'm the dirty bathwater, the Bible is the baby. Keep the Baby--the Bible! But that's a bad analogy in the sense that I could try to clean up the Bible... if anything, the Bible brings light about everything else.
I will not cowardly hide the words and errors that I spoke, nor will I hush the evidence that I gathered together. Better to let it stand as a reminder of the kind of mistakes that overzealousness and pride can lead one to make.
In fact, in light of the poor way in which I handled myself, I'm probably super lucky the Rapture did NOT come this year, because I probably wouldn't have been counted worthy! How's that for irony!?
Once again, please accept my sincerest and heartfelt apologies over this whole fiasco, where I let my zeal hope and pride cloud my judgment and corrupt the way that I presented information about this year's Feast of Trumpets.
As you read about false prophets below, know that my apology is sincere, because I never attempted to make merchandise of this gospel, I never directed anyone to false worship of any other Gods, I tried to lead people not towards me but towards the Bible and Scripture and salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. I have not preached that there will be no tribulation, but rather that tribulation is upon the world after the rapture. I have not preached a watered down gospel of grace only, nor have I preached a works gospel of righteousness only, but rather, that salvation comes through grace and our confession of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that our works will constitute our rewards.
May everyone who has cursed me and my error be blessed by the Lord Jesus Christ! May the Lord Jesus Christ count it as a righteous blessing for you, even if you don't believe in Him.
One thing that people must remember, is that one day, people will get it right. The Lord will not delay his coming just because some people say, "He is coming!" Do you honestly think that you could stop the Lord from returning by hiring a small group of men to continually shout every day, "Tomorrow is the Rapture"? Someday, the Lord will return--regardless of what any of us say.
The following are some of the scriptures that I have considered in writing this apology.
[Luke 12:36] And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. [Luke 12:37] Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. [Luke 12:38] And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
[Heb 10:35] Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. [Heb 10:36] For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. [Heb 10:37] For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. [Heb 10:38] Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
[Mat 18:6] But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
[1Cor 13:2] And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all
mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could
remove mountains, and have not charity [love], I am nothing.
[Deut 18:18] I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren,
like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak
unto them all that I shall command him.
[Deut 18:19] And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
[Deut 18:20] But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
[Deut 18:21] And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
[Deut 18:22] When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
[Lev 19:26] Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.
[Deut 18:10] There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
[Deut 18:14] For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
[2Kgs 21:6] And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
[Gal 4:8] Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. [Gal 4:9] But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? [Gal 4:10] Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. [Gal 4:11] I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
I think observing times is not the same as watching for Jesus' return. It might be talking about astrology, because it seems to contradict Jesus when he said:
[Luke 12:54] And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise
out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.
[Luke 12:55] And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.
[Luke 12:56] Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
As well as all the other exortations to WATCH, BE PREPARED, AND BE READY.
[Jer 8:7] Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.
[Jer 5:29] Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? [Jer 5:30] A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; [Jer 5:31] The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
[Jer 6:13] For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
[Jer 8:10] Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. [Jer 14:13] Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place. [Jer 14:14] Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. [Jer 14:15] Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
[Jer 23:30] Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the
LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
[Jer 23:31] Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.
[Jer 23:32] Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.
[Jer 23:33] And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What is the burden of the LORD? thou shalt then say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you, saith the LORD.
[Jer 23:34] And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that man and his house.
[Jer 29:7] And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you
to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the
peace thereof shall ye have peace.
[Jer 29:8] For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.
[Jer 29:9] For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.
[Lam 2:14] Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.
[Mic 2:11] If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying,
I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be
the prophet of this people.
[Mic 2:12] I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.
[Rom 10:1] Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel
is, that they might be saved.
[Rom 10:2] For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
[Mat 7:15] Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
[Mat 7:16] Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
[Mat 7:17] Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
[Mat 7:18] A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
[Mat 7:19] Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
[Mat 7:20] Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
[Mat 7:21] Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
[Mat 7:22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
[Mat 7:23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
[Mat 24:9] Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall
kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
[Mat 24:10] And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
[Mat 24:11] And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
[Mat 24:12] And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
[Mat 24:13] But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
[Mat 24:23] Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ,
or there; believe it not.
[Mat 24:24] For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
[Mat 24:25] Behold, I have told you before.
[Mat 24:26] Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
[Mat 24:27] For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
[Mark 13:21] And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ;
or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
[Mark 13:22] For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
[Luke 6:26] Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for
so did their fathers to the false prophets.
[Luke 6:27] But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
[Luke 6:28] Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
[Acts 13:6] And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they
found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:
[Acts 13:7] Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
[Acts 13:8] But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
[Acts 13:9] Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.
[Acts 13:10] And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
[Acts 13:11] And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
[Acts 13:12] Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
[2Pet 1:20] Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is
of any private interpretation.
[2Pet 1:21] For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
[2Pet 2:1] But there were false prophets also among the people,
even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall
bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and
bring upon themselves swift destruction.
[2Pet 2:2] And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
[2Pet 2:3] And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
[Rom 1:22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
[Rom 1:23] And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man,
[2Pet 2:18] For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they
allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that
were clean escaped from them who live in error.
[2Pet 2:19] While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
[2Pet 2:20] For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
[2Pet 2:21] For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
[2Pet 2:22] But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
[1John 3:23] And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
[1John 3:24] And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
[1John 4:1] Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether
they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
[1John 4:2] Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
[1John 4:3] And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
[1John 4:15] Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God
dwelleth in him, and he in God.
[1John 4:20] If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
[1John 4:21] And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
[1John 5:1] Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
[Rev 22:20] He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.