Thinking Out Loud

July 30, 2010

Jesus to Return on 5.21.11 — Colorado Bus Bench Ads

Filed under: evangelism — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 12:29 pm

Be sure to read the May 18th update below…

They’re nice looking ads.   Buying space on the bus benches in Colorado Springs probably doesn’t come cheap, either.  (Try $1,200 for the period from now through October.)   Especially for a 31-year old woman who is unemployed.   The theme is “Save the Date.”   (It’s a Saturday, if you’ve got plans…)

Left Behind co-author Jerry Jenkins is happy the discussion is happening, but calls it “folly” to choose a date, since Jesus himself knew “neither the day nor the hour.”   (Though we are instructed to know “the times and the seasons.”)

Watch the CNN video report here.   Or check the website,

What do you do with people who are willing to spend their own money for something they believe in so passionately?    The woman in the story compares herself to Noah, who was derided by his contemporaries when he began to build an ark.   What do you do when there probably will be some positive spin-offs in individual lives, as people contemplate the return of Christ or discuss it with friends?

But then, on the other hand, what do you do with the negative publicity in the [most probable] event that life continues as normal into the day the follows?

For all the lessons we’ve learned from date-setters — the book 88 Reasons Why Jesus is Returning in 1988 comes to mind — why do people keep doing this?

With files from the Colorado Springs Gazette.

May 18th update...

Okay, so over 100 people showed up here today. For this blog, that’s a lot of traffic.  So what if it’s true?  What if the world as we know it were to end on Saturday?

Better yet, what if you’re standing at the gate of heaven and God (or St. Peter!) is standing there saying, “Why should I let you in?”

If your answer is because you went to church, or lived a good life, or never stole or murdered, or gave money to the poor; then you’ve missed it.  That’s “religion,” where standing before God is measured by what you “do.”  But the only acceptable answer is that admittance to heaven is based on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Only his blood can satisfy a holy God.  In other words it’s not based on “do,” but based on “done.”  It’s been done.  You simply have to tell God, through prayer, that you recognize the need for forgiveness for those areas where you missed the mark, or standard, of his holiness, and want to be included, or covered, in what Jesus has already done.

Then you can have the assurance that you don’t have to worry about whatever happens on May 21st…

Click here to learn more.

7:00 PM (EDT), Saturday May 21st:  Here’s my take on how the day went!


  1. I think when this type of thing happens…it makes believers look foolish when NOTHING happens.

    It is sad.

    Comment by Rick Apperson — July 30, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    • Le retour prochain du Christ: 21 Mai 2011.

      La Destruction de l’univers: 21 Octobre 2011

      Comment by Jean Sam — December 17, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

      • A person could almost buy-in to your first date if it wasn’t for the second date. As to your website link…
        Matthew 24: 36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
        Mark 13:32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

        Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — December 18, 2010 @ 12:06 am

  2. I have a friend mixed up in the Later-Rain bunch. She has stopped sending their emails, which is good because I would spend hours de-bunking them by the Word. I feel sorry for the one paying for the billboards. She’s going to be so crushed when the date comes and goes – but maybe Jesus will return for His church before her date and make us all happy. The end is near-er.

    Comment by Laura — August 2, 2010 @ 5:46 am

  3. I have read all all the publication’s from family radio. They have merit. After being rise catholic and changing over to Lutheran. I never felt like I was really getting the true meaning of the Bible. Over the pass two years I have read the KJV twice carefully comparing the rapture date 2011, May 21 with the Bible. I believe it’s going to happen. The total end is 153 days after that. Read the Bible Reference from family radio yourself. If noting else you will be reading the Bible. That can can never hurt you, but may save you.

    Comment by Frank — August 9, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Your Response (Value-Added Comments Only)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: