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Harold Camping has predicted the end will come on May 21, 2011. Is he correct or is he another in a long line of false prophets whose predictions about the end of the world and the coming of Jesus Christ have failed? We'll know by this weekend

The 89 year old Camping is a fundamentalist radio preacher and co-founder of the Family Radio network which broadcasts on several radio stations across the United States. His followers have sponsored billboards across the country and distributed pamphlets from caravans where they proclaim the coming apocalypse.

This is not Camping's first time to predict the end. In 1992 he published a book saying 1994 would see the fulfillment of Bible prophecies regarding the tribulation and coming of Christ. When it did not happen he went back to the drawing board and figured out an intricate and detailed set of figures and codes that took him more than fifteen years to work out.

It’s just like anyone who invents something or comes to a truth or any technician — they don’t immediately make a finished product,” he explained. “I did not come to the finished product until three years ago. It was at that time that God showed some exquisite proof.”

One report says Camping came up with the May 21 date through a mathematical calculation that would crash Google's computers. It seems complex involving dates and numbers from history and the Bible, addition, subtraction and all sorts of calculations. I have studied other types of calculations and can well imagine some of what Camping must have in his equations.

According to Camping people will watch these earthquakes coming around the world to them from their television. It will arrive at each spot on the globe at 6:00 P.M. local time.

I predict Harold Camping will wake up on May 22 and begin planning his next date. Folks, the end will not occur this coming May 21.

The Bible clearly states no one knows when Jesus Christ will return. In Acts 1:7 Acts 1:7And he said to them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in his own power.
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, Jesus said, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.” In Matthew 24:36 Matthew 24:36But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
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, Christ taught similarly: “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

It is the height of arrogance and presumptuousness for any human to predict with certainty the date of Christ's coming.  Such pride contradicts clear Biblical teaching. Yet, through the centuries many have stepped out on this precarious limb of prediction and failed.  No one should undertake a study of Bible prophecy with the sole intent of predicting this or other significant events. It is folly and creates confusion on what is otherwise an important part of the Bible.

Skeptics look at doomsday predictors like Harold Camping and lump responsible students of Bible prophecy in with them. It all adds to the prevailing skepticism of our age and degrades the authority of sacred scripture.

Jesus Christ is coming to this earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But I guarantee it will not be predicted by such pitiful and shameful efforts like this.

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  • Built Ford Tough

    I have never heard of this Harald Camping but he sure sounds like another in a long line of false prophets. I guess his mathematical calculations skipped right over Matthew 24:36? If neither any of the angels or even Jesus Himself knows the day of the second coming who does this Harald Camping and others like him think they are? To me they are nothing more than a bunch of fundamentalist nut jobs. It’s guys like Harald Camping that give Christianity a bad name.

    If mathematical calculations and “bible codes” could be used to determine the second coming of Christ would you not think that Jesus, His angels, Satan and his angels would have had it all figured out by now? After all they would have had two thousand years to sit back and do the math. Obviously it’s a mathematical equation that cannot be solved by anyone in either the spiritual or the physical world. Only God the Father knows. He doesn’t need to do a “bible code” or “mathematical calculations” to determine when He is going to send Jesus back; He just has a set date that He has determined, and He has not told anyone - plain and simple!

    As Jesus said “no one knows the day or the hour.” The second coming will happen but in the Father’s timing not ours. It could be ten, twenty, or even a hundred years from now, we just don’t know. We as Christians must be ready at all times for the return of Jesus. If it does not happen in our lifetime we must be ready so that when we do rise from our graves we will be found worthy to be in the first resurrection and to be with Jesus forever in His kingdom.

    The second coming of Jesus has got to be the Father’s best kept secret. No doubt after May 21 has come and gone some other so called “prophets” will come out with another date determining the second coming. We as Christians must ignore these nut jobs and stick with the word of God.

  • Rit Janula

    Ford said it all…

  • Johannes Meintjes

    2 Thessalonians 1 (New Living Translation)

    Encouragement during Persecution

    3Dear brothers and sisters,c we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing. 4We proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. 5And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering. 6In his justice he will pay back those who persecute you.

    7And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, 8in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. 9They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power. 10When he comes on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people—praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him.

    11So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 12Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.d

    We mus just be calm as our Lord instructs as to be.
    God Bless.

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