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Harold Camping: The Countdown Continues

Harold Camping’s much publicized Judgment Day prophecy went by unfulfilled on Saturday. Camping, 89, now says he miscalculated. Instead of a physical destruction of the earth on May 21st, he thinks his prediction was spiritual in nature and the actual end of the earth will take place on October 21st. Camping issued his correction during an appearance on his “Open Forum” radio show from Oakland, California.

During a 90-minute talk that included a question-and-answer session with reporters, Camping insisted that October 21 has always been the end-point of his own end times’ countdown. Really – this excuse is offered from the man who 17 years ago publicly acknowledged his failed 1994 prophecy of Christ’s return to Earth. Camping, however, is not the only one who has made false predictions concerning the Scriptures.

Lester Sumrall wrote in his book I Predict 2000 A.D.: “I predict the absolute fullness of man’s operation on planet Earth by the year 2000 A.D. Then Jesus shall reign from Jerusalem for 1000 years.”

Mikkel Dahl predicted in The Midnight Cry that the end would come in 1980. Reginald Edward Duncan predicted in The Coming Russian Invasion of America that the Millennium would begin in 1979. One of the most notorious false prophets, Edgar C. Whisenant, released a book titled 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Is in 1988. Upon the book’s release, he was quoted as saying “Only if the Bible is in error am I wrong, and I say that unequivocally.” After no rapture in 1988, Whisenant said he made a mistake in his math and had the nerve to release a new book called The Final Shout: Rapture Report 1989. Needless to say, he missed again. These self-proclaimed prophets would do well to remember Ezekiel 13:9:

My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord God.

Even if they are sincere, these prophet-want-to-bees should take note of all the ones who have failed before them. Whether it is out of a desire to urge people to Christ or for the love of money, these failing predictions cause people to see Christianity as a sham. I encourage Christians to quit supporting the prediction game and spend more time reading the Bible. Matthew is a good place to start:

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” (Matthew 24:36)

“No one knows” and this remains true today. Jesus will return, but this verse should stop attempts to calculate the date and time.

See previous article. . . .

Apocalypse Today!

“In many cases sheer fanaticism has been the result of exclusively dwelling on prophecy, and probably more men have gone mad on that subject than on any other religious question.” (Charles H. Spurgeon)

Today, May 21, 2011, is the last day according to Harold Camping and some Christians. According to reports, some have shut themselves inside to pray for mercy as they wait for the world’s end. Around

ACTUALLY, THE BIBLE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS!

the world, Camping’s followers believe that the Bible points to today as the Day of Judgment.

There have been many so-called “prophecy experts” who have made these sort of predictions only to be discredited time and time again. Back in the day, Oswald J. Smith predicted that Benito Mussolini was the predicted antichrist. Hal Lindsey told us that the 1948 reestablishment of Israel determined that the end was to have been in 1988. Do you remember that Edgar Whisenant assured us that there were 88 reasons why the rapture would be in 1988. Harold Camping’s doomsday message has been sent far and wide. Camping is an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who has built a multi-million-dollar nonprofit ministry based on his apocalyptic prediction.

It really bugs me when the “prophecy experts” make their unbiblical predictions. The Book of Matthew states plainly:

36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Yet, the “prophecy experts” continue to make their predictions at the cost of the Bible’s and Christianity’s reputation. They sacrifice the glory of God for their silly moment in the sun.

Once it is evident that their predictions have failed, they come forth with their excuses. Yet, the world will look at the consequences of this day and they will make light of Christ; criticize the Bible, and say that Christians are dumb and uneducated. The world will be right about one thing; Christians are uneducated about their own Bible. Damage is done to the cause of the Great Commission and the devil’s work is made easier. Lord, help us to cease such idle and unbiblical curiosity!

See follow-up article here. . . .

Recommended reading:

Last Days’ Madness by Gary DeMar

The Days of Vengeance by David Chilton

The Last Days According to Jesus by R. C. Sproul

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