“I do not know if I will still be alive in 2012. But if you are alive in 2012 you will say and you will prove that I am telling you the truth.” — Bro. Eli Soriano, 2010
The International Evangelist has been ‘counter-predicting’ the Mayan Doomsday prophecy in his Bible Expositions and The Old Path program from as early as 2010 to until two days before the failed date.
Just last December 19, 2012 on Twitter, @BroEliSoriano advised his followers to “Trust in God and not in lying humans! (Jer. 17:5)” as “Nothing extraordinary will happen on such date.” He also encouraged all to retweet the Lord Jesus’ pronouncement in Matthew 24:36.
End-of-the-world prophecies, according to Bro. Eli, “have caused many deceits, misconceptions, sometimes even suicide or bankruptcy” to those who believed in them.
In fact according to a poll featured on Usforacle.com, 12% of the people in the US, believed that on December 21, 2012, catastrophic events would arise leading to humanity’s fall.
The Huffington Post also reported that the same went for many Russians. Believers in the country filled their back rooms with supplies and some even fled from large cities.
Which is why Bro. Eli “wants to bring the message of the Scriptures” to as many people as possible.
A Journalist in a Marathon
During MCGI’s Marathon Bible Exposition on November 4, 2012, Boots Roldan, a newspaper editor in the Philippines, asked Bro. Eli about the possibility of the world ending on December 21.
Mr. Roldan wrote about his experience in his column on Balita in November of 2012, lauding Bro. Eli’s gift that enables him to “instinctively locate Bible verses which contain precise answers” to his query.
Bro. Eli began his answer by saying that prophecies like the Mayan Doomsday account are fruits of man’s ignorances of the Bible. “The Bible gives us a foresight of what is to happen, and the God of the Bible is powerful enough to see the end from the beginning, (Isaiah 46:9-10; Revelation 1:19),” Bro. Eli said.
Marathon Bible Expositions of MCGI run for about ten to twelve hours to accommodate people across the globe who want to ask Bro. Eli live via Internet and satellite technologies.
The host of the Ang Dating Daan program pointed out that there are still events that God foretold in the Bible which Christians are waiting for. One of which is “the Great Tribulation before the end of our era.” Bro. Eli added that global warming is just one of the factors that will bring about the unparalleled event (Matthew 24:21). “It hasn’t come yet, and yet there are others who prophesy already.”
“‘Nobody can predict the end of our world,’ he (Bro. Eli) stressed,” said Roldan. The International Evangelist cited Matthew 24:36: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
“That is the truth in the Scriptures!” Bro. Eli exclaimed — the very same truth that he educated students with in a symposium about Apocalypse prophecy blunders earlier in the year.
Students Learn Truths About Doomsday Falsities
In a related event on September 20 this year, Bro. Eli took part as guest speaker for a symposium held at an audio-visual room in the University of the Philippines. Organized by the Bible Readers Society, UP-Diliman Chapter, the topic was about: “End of the World 2012 Edition: Of False Prophets and Predictions.” There were about 120 students who attended the event.
Through a pre-recorded video, Bro. Eli discussed the slew of doomsday predictions for the year: Harold Camping’s May 21st, Jose Miranda’s June 30th and the Mayan Calendar’s December 21st. The first two, Bro. Eli had also “counter-predicted” in his blog entries on WordPress.
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Bro. Eli noted however that “this didn’t happen only now.” He taught the students that as early as 1844, the Jehovah’s Witnesses already claimed that Armageddon would come.
“What hurts is that when the 1844 prediction did not occur, this founder of the Seventh-Day Adventists, Ellen G. White, even blamed God for it,” remarked Bro. Eli. According to a documentary he showed during the symposium, White said that God “hid a mistake in some of the figures.”
Reading the Lord Jesus’s proclamation in Matthew 24:21, Bro. Eli assured that “it is only the Father that will decide when the exact day and hour will be of the end. Not anybody else.”
He also advised the students that anyone who will predict the exact day and hour will fail. “And you will see the truth of what I’m saying come December 21, 2012 God willing.”
With another doomsday prediction failing to see the light of day, many people have learned that the Bible’s pronouncement — no man has the power to predict the world’s end (Matthew 24:36) – holds true, albeit, the hard way.
But for many other people, they have learned that whatever uncertainties they may have of humanity’s future, and for every other worry they have about life, one thing will remain sure: The Bible has the answers to their problems and woes. Just ask Bro. Eli.