Archive for May, 2011
Just today we learned that Harold Camping wants to go O-for-3 and is now saying that the end will come on October 21st. He was apparently five months early in his prediction.
While I cannot endorse Herman Cain (because I am a non-profit), I CAN ask that you take the time to study him. Do some research. What are his viewpoints? Where does he want to take this country? What are his business credentials? Do you think he has what it takes to make a good run and possibly become the next president of the United States?
Harold Camping came to the door and told news reporters that he was absolutely “flabbergasted” that the Rapture did not occur as he predicted it would. The article then went onto say that though Camping admitted it had been a rough weekend, it was likely far more rough for the people who were taken in by the 89-year-old’s ridiculous predictions.
There is at least one voice of reason in all of this and he is apparently on Camping’s board. He stated, “I don’t know where we went wrong other than that we obviously don’t understand the Scriptures in the way that we should.” Evans says he does not want Family Radio to recalculate and announce a new date for Judgment Day, and that he hopes the organization will repay people who gave money to the cause.”
Wow, great idea! Maybe that would be the beginning of healing for too many people who – without biblical discernment – emptied out their bank and retirement accounts and gave the contents to some guy who has no clue what he is talking about!
If ONLY people would learn from this stupidity. The Bible is clear. Harold Camping is not. The best thing that could happen now is for Camping to have a press conference in which he admits he made a mistake, deeply regrets the trauma he has caused, and will immediately begin to refund money back to those who gave what they had so he could spread his erroneous message. If Camping does this, then lemons might start to turn into lemonade. The world may actually see Christianity at work.
It is clear that people WANT the Bible fulfilled. They want to see God’s promises come to fruition, but no amount of wishing it so will make them happen any sooner than God’s foreordained will. Everything has been planned in the eternal council of Godhead BEFORE the foundations of the earth – everything. Nothing was left up to chance.
The best things Christians can do now is to stop predicting and continue working. It is not wrong to watch and pray as long as we continue to work at the same time. Looking for Jesus is fine. Predicting when He is coming back is wrong and asinine.
I do not sit here thinking about when I’m going to die though I am cognizant of the fact that each day COULD be my last. I think about what I’m supposed to be doing for God TODAY. What is His plan for me NOW?
Harold Camping needs to stick to the basics and forget about trying to use any combination of anything to determine when the Lord is going to return.
He has unfortunately, proven himself to be a false prophet TWICE. Will this be the turning point for him? One can only hope.
Folks, it’s already May 22nd in parts of the world. There have been 41 earthquakes as I write this (5:12 PST) and one of them was over 6.0 on the scale (6.1). The rest were well under 6.0 on the scale.
Camping said a worldwide earthquake would occur at 6:00pm today. As far as I can tell, he did not say what time zone that was, however, since it is already May 22nd in parts of the world, his prediction was a huge FAIL!
In a large part of the world we are already into the morning hours of Sunday. People are sleeping or they are getting ready to head to church, or they are milking the cows. The rest of us are still watching May 21st wind down.
As my wife and I went about our business today, I made sure to talk to as many people as I could – store clerks, average shoppers – by bringing the topic up and then briefly explaining that while Jesus said He WOULD be coming back, He said we would NOT know the day or hour.
IF the Lord chooses to give Harold Camping more time to live on this earth, then I pray that Camping will stop this idiocy! He is no prophet and he cannot even rightly divide God’s Word! He should not be taken seriously by anyone, much less by those who are willing to turn over their bank accounts to him!
For those of us who are still in Saturday, tomorrow is another day. Could the Lord return? Sure. Will He tell us about it ahead of time? Nope.
In the meantime, what are we to do? Authentic believers are supposed to be about the Father’s business and that business is not playing guessing games with the Lord’s return or the timing of it. Our business is to be involved in introducing people to the only person who can save them – Jesus Christ!
Over the past few days, Harold Camping’s “ministry” has gotten quite a bit of press. Probably the most frustrating and sad part of the whole business is the fact that people without the ability to discern have literally emptied out their bank and retirement accounts, turning all of it over to Camping.
One couple quit their jobs, moved to Florida, rented a home and stand on the street corner giving out tracts. Another man in New York emptied out his retirement account of over $140,000 and sent it on to Camping.
That’s on the “religious” side of things. On the anti-religious side, commonly referred to as atheism, they’re having a field day with this and who can blame them? Plans for all day Rapture parties have taken front row. One man has started an insurance business to take care of pets of those people who were taken in the Rapture.
So what will happen when this day passes with no sign of the predicted worldwide earthquake and judgment that Camping heralded for months? Laughter. Atheists shaking their heads. Scoffers. Naysayers.
As for me, I do not blame them one bit. It bothers me greatly that anyone can deign to do what Scripture says is a complete waste of time by attempting to predict something that only God the Father knows about. While some may say, “Well, if it helps someone come to terms with the realization that their days are literally numbered, then it’s been good.” The problem though is that this may in fact wind up being a catalyst for people to become even more convinced that the Bible lacks veracity.
After all, Harold Camping has not only said “The Lord is going to return,” but he has placed a date on it. Moreover, he has said that the “Bible guarantees it!” What does that mean except that from his study, he has been able to determine that the Bible says that today – May 21st – is the end of days? When it does not happen, then people will naturally say, “See? I told you the Bible is full of nothing.”
While many will simply shake their heads at Camping and use this as confirmation that he is truly a loon, it may still confirm to them that the Bible cannot be trusted. This is sad considering it is not the Bible that cannot be trusted, but people like Harold Camping.
Camping is 89 and has stated that he will be watching TV today to watch the events unfold. I have spent the last several days telling all of my atheist/agnostic and nominal Christian friends that Camping is dead wrong; that the Bible says nothing of the sort that he has predicted. I have told them about what Jesus Himself said about the fact that HE did not know the day or hour (in His humanity). I have also tried to do damage control by negating Camping’s reasoning and excuses for why he believes today is the day.
Camping’s shoddy treatment of Scripture has him winding throughout the Bible from Daniel to Revelation, to Matthew to 1 Peter and elsewhere in his vain attempts to prove that the Bible says that May 21, 2011 is the day the world ends. It is sad. It is tragic and I am angry.
I am angry that the Bible is so mishandled by someone who so cavalierly misinterprets then misrepresents God’s Word as he has done. I made a prediction yesterday that by today, there would be at least three earthquakes that would measure over 5.0 on the scale. As I look at the US Geological site now (11:12am), I see that SIX have occurred so far, with one of them at 5.9 on the scale and not one of them has even been close to the United States.
What does this mean? Is the world going to end? No, it simply means that six earthquakes have happened. While I believe those and all other recent earthquakes are part of the birth pangs that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24 (the Olivet Discourse), Camping has stated that the earthquake of Revelation 16 is the one that is going to happen today.
Ever since I sensed that God was leading me to study and teach His Word, I have felt a greater sense of responsibility to ensure that what I teach is what God’s Word says. If I cannot do that, then I had better make sure that I preface my statements with “in my opinion.” By not doing so, I am claiming to speak for God and if I am wrong, I deserve death.
That may sound too intense for some, but the truth of the matter is this: if the Lord ever sees me going off on some deep end, or tangent, then I pray He removes me from this earth because I am bringing dishonor to His Name, and His Word.
The tremendous responsibility that everyone who teaches God’s Word has to make sure to the best of their ability and with all humility that what they teach is inline with God’s Word cannot be understated.
In 1994, Harold Camping made a failed prediction that Jesus would return then. Over time, he realized that he was wrong and he said it was his math that created the problem. As I looked over his current math problem that brought him to today’s date, I realized his math was still wrong and I’m not a math wizard either.
I am serious when I say that I pray God would take me from this earth and home to Him if I deign to make ridiculous statements concerning His Word that have absolutely no basis in Scriptural fact. I think the same should happen to Harold Camping. That may sound extremely arrogant, but I am only saying what I think should happen. I’m not God and I do not deign to believe that He would override His will for mine. The idea that someone can continue to misuse God’s Word and gain financially from it is unconscionable.
I frankly do not know if Harold Camping is an authentic Christian or not. I know that he believes salvation is by faith and not works. For that I’m glad and I truly hope and pray that the man knows the Lord. I would like to be confident in that area, but again, it’s not my business to know. It is between him and the Lord.
Nonetheless, from a human perspective, what good is Harold Camping doing? None that I can see, but admittedly, I cannot see that far. All I know is the fallout from this can be turned to good if God chooses to turn it to good. At the same time, it may well cause those who marginally doubt His Word to doubt it further.
The tremendous responsibility that Camping has taken on his shoulders is awesome and to be wrong about it makes it that much worse. Those of us who understand the problem have that much more damage control to do, through prayer, through evangelizing the lost, and through the quality of our lives.
I am praying that God will circumvent the problems that are being caused by Harold Camping’s failed prediction. I pray that this will not forever cause those who doubt Him to continue to doubting. I pray that at worst, this situation will be used to allow authentic Christians to enter into dialogue with those outside of the true Church so that they can know and understand that this failed prediction is just that – a failed prediction by a guy who does not understand the interpretive process used in determining the truth of God’s Word.
The fact is that it’s not even that difficult once the proper hermeneutic is in place. Once we understand the importance of context, when the text is presented as metaphors and when it is literal in meaning, God’s Word begins to open up to us.
Lord God, please do not allow this man to destroy the growing faith in some and do not allow him to chase people away from you. I pray Father that if it is your will, you would pull this man out of this life so that he can no longer create unnecessary controversies around your Word. However, I ask for your will only. Barring his removal from this life, I pray that you would soften his heart to realize that he was wrong. Give him the grace to admit it and further, cause him to return money to people who gave everything they had because they foolishly believed this man’s faulty interpretation of your Word.
I praise your Name above all names. Be glorified in and through this terrible situation where your Word has been lowered into a confusing morass of stupidity. Protect those who will one day turn to you to receive your salvation. I pray that the enemy of our souls will not be able to use this situation to his advantage.
Folks, I am praying that God’s perfect will in this situation be done so that He and He alone receives glory, honor, and praise. Will you join me in that prayer?
Here’s just a very quick note on Harold Camping’s prediction that there will be a worldwide earthquake tomorrow – May 21st, Saturday.
According to the U.S. Geological Web site, as I write this, there have been 32 earthquakes throughout the world and all of these were at least 2.5 on the scale or greater. A few were over 5.0, so it’s clear that there has been rumbling going on all day today and in fact, by simply looking back over the last week or month, it’s equally clear that earthquakes have been a regular event in some part of the world, nearly ever hour.
So, Camping states that a worldwide earthquake will occur at 6:00pm on Saturday and again, I’m assuming he means Pacific Standard Time. Okay, I’m going to make a prediction too, but this one is not based on any spiritual revelation I may have had. It’s based purely on logic.
I predict that there are going to be many earthquakes tomorrow and that at least three of them are going to be above the 5.0 mark on the scale.
If there happens to be a huge earthquake tomorrow at exactly 6:00pm, I cannot imagine it is anything but sheer luck that Camping picked that particular time out of the air.
I know some people prefer to go easy on people like Harold Camping and I don’t particular wish to castigate the man. My problem with him is that it gives the world another reason to laugh at Christianity. The most tragic part is not really that Camping says what he says. The most tragic part is that he says what he says and some people believe him while others ridicule him. He is essentially drawing undue attention to himself.
It’s frustrating to say the least and I wish people like Camping would just keep their mouths closed. If he is so concerned about the fate of people and whether or not they have salvation, it should be enough to simply continue preaching the gospel as he has done. The fact that he needs to bolster his claims with date-setting only sets him up for failure and brings dishonor to the Bible.
People will rightly say, “look, since this guy got it wrong before and has it wrong again, why should we believe what he says about any portion of the Bible?” They have a point because he says he is basing his opinions directly on Scripture, though it is clear to me that those opinions are arrived at by totally misappropriating Scripture in the first place.
People need the Lord. They need His salvation. Issues such as date-setting simply get people off track. If he was right through sound study, that would be one thing. His study is way off and because of that his results are also way off.
Lord help us…
Netanyahu is of course, correct, that if they went back to pre-1967 borders, their country would be only 12 miles wide. How can a country that small be defended against, especially when surrounded by countries hostile to their very existence?