As seen in the above photo, a "supermoon" illuminated the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. However, a new theory that's getting buzz claims that 2016 is the year Jesus will return. The new end-of-the-world theory was created by Nora Roth, a woman the Daily Mail calls a Christian computer programmer.
The whole theory posited by Roth is gaining plenty of attention from Christians and non-Christians alike, perhaps because Nora skips right over Jesus' advice in Matthew 24, as reported by Bible Hub, that no one knows when Christ when will return to Earth.
"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. And they were oblivious, until the flood came and swept them all away. So will be the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day on which your Lord will come...For this reason, you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him."
Instead, Nora turned to the Book of Daniel to try and deduce when Jesus might come back to the world, and Roth had come up with 2016 as a date for Christ's return.
Roth's website points to the Daniel 9:24 verse that speaks of "seventy 'sevens'" in order to come up with Nora's complex calculation of years of sin that will end with Christ taking his followers to heaven. Nora likens the "sevens" to Jubilee cycles, units of time, which are followed by one year of rest.
Therefore, in reasoning that 70 Jubilee cycles started in 1416 B.C., Roth believes that the 70 periods of time will end in 2016, which happens to be 3,431 years after God's children entered Canaan, the Promised Land.
Whereas the theory is interesting, biblical experts are calling foul in the comments sections of such videos that claim to know precisely when the world will end, especially since the scripture contains quotes of the Savior saying not even Jesus himself or the angels know when Christ is coming back, as reported by Bible Hub in Mark 13:32.
Also, when the Apostle Peter asked Jesus if he should forgive someone up to seven times, and Christ answered either 77 times or "seventy times seven," based on the biblical version, Christian scholars largely believe the language to represent a large number -- not an exact number.
Nevertheless, the theories about the world ending keep popping up here and again, such as earlier in 2016, as reported by the Daily Mail.
That theory claimed that the Earth's poles would flip and that massive earthquakes would happen all over the world.
Whether the purveyors of such end-time prophecies are truly Christians trying to scare people into repentance or folks just looking for page views and massive panic, a refresher course on the tenets of the Bible would prove their theories immediately debunked. As the Apostle Paul noted, whether people preach about Bible matters out of selfish ambition, false motivations or from a heart of truth -- either way, the word of God is preached.
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