Harold Camping Predicts New Date For “The Rapture”
Unless you’ve cut yourself off from all of society, you know that so-called “prophet” Harold Camping predicted the Rapture and the beginning of The Apocalypse to occur May 21, 2011. Of course, days later, we remain unscathed (except for Joplin, Missouri) and Camping’s very expensive, popular and widespread campaign was a complete and utter failure. Instead of leaving it for the man upstairs to decide when to end it all like the rest of us, Camping just can’t give up trying to predict the end of the world and has chosen a new date. This marks the third date Camping predicted for the end of the world, as he now claims that it will all be over October 21, 2011. Evidently, The Lord likes the number 21. Who knew?
This sorry man has apologized for not having the dates worked out “as accurately as I could have,” an apology which really makes no sense because he had pinpointed a date, so it’s obvious he felt he had worked the dates out as accurately as possible. Camping did not offer much of an apology for those who had given away their belongings and instead said they would find a way to cope. However, he refuses to give up his own things in anticipation of the new date.
“We’re not in the business of financial advice. We’re in the business of telling people there’s someone who you can maybe talk to, maybe pray to, and that’s God.”
“I still have to live in a house, I still have to drive a car. What would be the value of that? If it is Judgment Day why would I give it away?”
As a Christian, there are several things which baffle me about this fool. First of all, he seems to think that Judgment Day will just happen. Anyone who’s been to Sunday School knows the Bible predicts the Rapture, times of great prosperity, then times of great calamity and trouble before the story ends and people are judged. Secondly (and most importantly), there’s a Scripture that addresses the mystery of The End directly.
Matthew 24:36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
This Scripture points out that not even the Son, meaning Jesus himself, knows when the Rapture and the events that ensue will occur, so why does this guy feel like he has a chance? If he’s really reading his Bible as much as he claims, wouldn’t he realize there is no point in making “calculations” based on the Bible—he same Bible which states no one can know the day or hour—of when the fat lady will sing?
October 21 is the day after my birthday. I plan to wait until then to celebrate and thank God I’m still around—and await Camping’s new prediction after that.