People often wonder why I discourage personal Bible reading when you have no prior training or present community to keep you on track. Case in point: "End of the World" predictions tied to blood moons that happen on Jewish holidays. When you have a Bible to quote but have not the Bible study skills to interpret it, you are a danger to yourself and everyone else. Every author, tv personality, and blogger predicting the imminent "Day of the Lord" fits that bill. They represent a 1500-year old line of apocalyptic prophets who quoted Bible verses but didn't know what they meant in the first place. The latest manifestation is turning astronomical imagery in Joel 2:31 and Revelation 6:12-17 into a cosmic signal of Judgment Day.
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