by Dave Y.
Today I’m afraid I’m not too concerned about offending the nice religious folks who happen to believe in Harold Camping’s prophecy about May 21st, 2011 6:00pm being the day of a massive earthquake that kicks off the event of the rapture, since none of them will be here tomorrow to write me nasty emails about it anyway. Probably, many of you, were as curious (and maybe just a bit amused) as I was to hear the news about this old preacher (Harold Camping of Family Radio) predicting that the end of the world comes tomorrow. By-the-way, this is the same guy that predicted the world would end back in 1994… and sold quite a few books about that too. Now he’s at it again, only this time he says he’s got the date 100% correct. He says that last time he didn’t say absolutely, only maybe… but now he’s totally sure. The first question I’d like to ask the guy is, “How can the world end on the 21st, when the jug of milk in the fridge says it doesn’t expire until the 22nd?” Someone is clearly giving false information!
On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping’s believers gathered inside Alameda’s Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years. Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven. I probably don’t need to add that Christ didn’t come as Harold planned… Mysteriously, the guy gets himself a “get out of being called a false prophet” pass by saying that he never said he was 100% sure. He only said maybe… Amazingly, people buy that too and there’s plenty of folks gathering together on the 21st AGAIN waiting for the end to come. In my opinion, they should hold their Bibles open and upside-down above their head because this is more aerodynamic.
I listened to one radio talk show host (and skeptic I might add) interview Mr. Camping ask if, when May 22nd gets here and there was no rapture, no earthquake, no return of Christ, and no end of the world would he answer the phone when they call and come back on the show and apologize for his error and confess to being a false prophet. He also asked Mr. Camping if he would spend as much money as he did to setup billboards and publications announcing the end to announce that he was wrong and a false prophet and that he was sorry. Mr. Camping said he won’t have to because he won’t be here. He says there is no way possible that he is wrong.
Well, in case anyone hasn’t figured it out yet, I don’t believe Harold Camping! In fact, there’s probably a few of you reading this after the date has come and gone and I’m betting you don’t believe it either. But, as I write this, it’s 4:00pm on Friday, May 20th, 2011 – the Day before it all ends (and two days before that gallon of milk expires)… and just out of curiosity I wondered if there was booksale involved in any of this nonsense… Sure enough there is! Conveniently, Harold Camping is selling a book about tomorrow’s event. Amazon was selling it for about $19 bucks. Can anyone tell me what a guy who’s preaching the world will end, needs with money from a book sale? I can tell you… this only proves to me all the more that this guy doesn’t believe it and it’s just one more way to make himself some money. He did it the first time and he’s doing it again. What totally blows my mind is the fact that so many sincere people believe this nut and have staked their lives on his words. I seriously doubt he’s planning to give anyone their money back when the day comes and goes and he’s proven AGAIN to be a false prophet.
Matthew 24:36 – (Jesus himself said) “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son Himself. Only the Father knows.”
Luke 21:8-9 – He replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them. And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.”
With all my heart I do believe Jesus is coming back! I also, personally, believe we are nearing that day more and more… But I don’t know when it will be and neither does wonder prophet Camping. I know there is plenty else to be focused on that really matters these days; like loving one another as Jesus commanded and living sincerely and faithfully day by day as we walk in relationship with the Father. If our hearts remain in the love and truth of God, there will be no surprises when that actual day comes. We will be found ready by our heavenly Father. But… until then… I’ll see you all tomorrow. 😉