“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” ~Mt 7:15
So I guess I am a little behind the times…I just found out today, for the first time, about Harold Camping’s prophecies about the Rapture and Judgment Day taking place on May 21, 2011. I drove passed a few billboards claiming that judgment day was coming, and that the Bible actually guarantees this date. I thought it was just some strange conference ad, but still came home and googled the date… Apparently Harold Camping’s organization, Family Radio Worldwide, has plastered bus stops, benches, cars, RV’s and billboards with warnings about May 21 (as in 20 days from now) being the end of the world.
I am not going to entertain you with my initial reaction to all this, but it definitely inspired me to get-a-bloggin’, so here goes.
Harold Camping is claiming to know something that the Bible clearly states neither the angels in heaven nor Jesus himself know, only God alone knows the day and hour. So either Mr. Camping does not believe in the very words of the Bible he is preaching, or he is proclaiming himself to be God…
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” ~Mt 24:36
And how about the following verses?
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” ~Mt 24:42-44
“Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” ~1Thes 5:1-2
“He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” ~Acts 1:7
There are approximately 2.1 billion Christians in the world today, and approximately 38,000 different denominations amongst them. The Bible is the best selling best-seller of all time, yet somehow it remains the most misunderstood and misinterpreted book of all time.
On a lighter note, I read a funny response to all of this on facebook. There is a guy who is challenging everyone who believes Harold Camping’s “prophecy” to write him a $5000 check on May 20…they won’t be needing the money anymore, right?
What are your thoughts on all of this?
Have you seen any billboards around your neighborhood? Do you know anyone involved with Family Radio Worldwide?
One of the many articles about the ‘Camping prophecy’: End of Days in May? Believers enter final stretch