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EIGHT DAYS TO GO! HAROLD CAMPING’S PREDICTION OF MAY 21, 2011

14 May

Harold Camping, octogenarian owner of 55 Family Radio stations, predicts that the end of the world will be arriving in just eight days.  Jesus clearly said that no one knows when the Son of Man will return.  I guess Mr. Camping does not believe those words apply to him.

Predictions of Christ’s Second Coming are nothing new.  Christians have used their Christian calculators to figure out “the signs of the times” and to convince others that the end is near.

I understand that Pastor John Piper welcomes conversions that might come about because of Camping’s prediction.  I’m grateful when people trust Christ, but prefer those conversions to happen as a result of the truth of the gospel, not the supposed mathematical calculations of a radio preacher.  How will those converted feel on May 22nd when the end has not come?  Deceived?  Hoodwinked?  Will some reject the Christian gospel because a wayward preacher got it wrong?

I’m deeply troubled by the billboards around my South Carolina town predicting the Second Coming.  They have a bold circle which contains the words “The Bible guarantees it!”  One definition of blasphemy is claiming that God has said something when He hasn’t.

Is it right to get ready for judgment?  Of course!  But we should not trust mere man’s predictions, especially when the unpredictability of the end of the world is clear in Scripture.

People should repent and believe the Good News about Jesus because that message is true and worthy of one’s faith.  Unlike one, perhaps well-intentioned, octogenarian in California.

Discussion Questions:  What are your plans for May 22nd?  What damage control will you have to engage in with your non-Christian friends in eight days?

 

12 responses to “EIGHT DAYS TO GO! HAROLD CAMPING’S PREDICTION OF MAY 21, 2011

  1. laurie

    May 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Hello Mr. Harold you are wrong when the world does’nt end May 21st I hope you don’t come up with another lousy excuse. Also you are playing God. I hope you realize you’re putting a lot of people at risk and that when you realize you are wrong I hope you pray that God protects you from harm because you will make the biggest fool out of yourself like you did in 1988. Stop playing God. Goodbye

     
    • Anonymous

      May 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      YOU ARE DUMB…..I WILL PRAY FOR YOU

       
  2. Dave

    May 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    In response to your question regarding plans for Saturday, May 21, 2011:

    Continue to do repairs on a home for one of my customers; listen to another lecture for one of my seminary classes (Survey of Hebrews to Revelation); eat some of my wife’s cake that she plans to make me; pray for God’s blessing, grace, and power in the preaching of his Word this Lord’s Day.

    As far as I know now, none of my non-Christian friends regard the claim as credible. Of course, I am looking forward to discussing the matter with a couple of them, beginning with the question, “So, what do you think about those predictions of the end of the world that was supposed to transpire this past Saturday?” I am already imagining the progression of the conversation thereafter and looking forward to it.

    Dave (CIU 2000)

     
  3. unhoe

    May 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    well it aint ended yet?

     
  4. CHUCKS

    May 22, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I think Camping by now should have known that nobody can play God and he doesn’t study his bible.

     
  5. Chucks

    May 22, 2011 at 1:31 am

    CAMPING SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT THE WORD OF GOD IS NOT FOOTBALL MATCH WHERE PREDICTION WORKS IN MOST CASES.

     
  6. satish kumaria

    May 22, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Hello old man where are you .Why U people do silly things like this to remain in news?.Is this you age to create terror in people mind I mean weak hearted like U.We damn bother such predictions. Wishing U peaceful life hereafter——-Satish Kumaria

     
  7. Anonymous

    May 22, 2011 at 10:46 am

    everyone is gonna kick your ass for this bullshit

     
    • Anonymous

      May 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      oh yea they are!people gave up jobs cars homes money even their damn kids!what was they thinkin!thats wild!

       
  8. Anonymous

    May 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I think I want my money back

     
  9. Esperanza Deleuze

    May 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    What a shame!!!
    Real Christians know the words of the Lord Jesus in the gospels when He says that nobody knows the day…
    What are you pretending dear man? Please read the Word of God and stop being silly… at your age you should be getting ready to meet the Lord instead of making comments that will get people astray

     
  10. Lynne

    May 23, 2011 at 12:42 am

    The people that sold all their personal belongings and quit their jobs….what the heck were they thinking? If your going to die it doesn’t matter that you have a home or things or money you will still go to heaven if you believe in God.
    As for the old fool I think since you have so much money and you convinced these people that the end was here you should give them money for therapy that they truly need so the next time you or some other idiot as a prediction they will not fall for it

     

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