By Greg Rangel
I don’t know if you are aware of this, but today, Saturday May 21st, 2011 will be the end of the world according to “a prophet” named Harold Camping. Mr. Camping believes that he figured out the date where God will judge this earth, which happens to be today.
This is not the first time that Mr. Camping made a prediction as to when Christ would be returning. In 1994 Mr. Camping released his book entitled “Are You Ready?” In his book, Mr. Camping stated that the date when Christ would Rapture His church would be September 6, 1994. Mr. Camping then stated that, “Sometimes, I’ve thought, Wow, I wish September was not the month.’ But I doubt it. I doubt it. I doubt it. I’m more convinced than I’ve ever been the world is about to end” (Harold Camping, quoted in David Briggs, “Broadcaster Sees World’s Sign-Off,” OC Register). And as far as I can remember, many of his faithful followers believed him. There are many today that are believing him as well. Did you hear about the gentleman up north that spent his life savings of $140K advertising May 21st as the end of the World?
When September 7th came and went, Mr. Camping stated that he made a small miscalculation of the date and came up as the middle of the month as the new date. The middle of the month came and went and Mr. Camping continued on with his date setting, and once again came up with a new date in which Christ would return. His new date of September 29th came and went. Well that didn’t stop Mr. Camping. Because of miscalculations to his previous formulas, Mr. Camping then came up with March 31, 1995 as the new date.
One would think that after Mr. Camping got the first date wrong that many would stop following him and listening to him, but unfortunately they did not. His Family Radio network was still operating on an annual budget of $12 million! (Richard Abanes, End Time Visions, The Road to Armageddon?).
Mr. Camping has not been the first person to date set the coming of the Lord or Rapture of the church. A gentleman by the name of Edgar C. Whisenant wrote two books entitled “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could Be in 1988” and “On Borrowed Time.” In his books Mr. Whisenant stated that the Rapture of the church could be somewhere in between September 11th through the 13th of 1988. Unfortunately during that those days Mr. Whisenant got much air time on TBN because they too believed him.
There have been many more end time prophets that have come out with many different days as to the end of the world or the Rapture of the church. I remember the Korean cult that prophesied that the Rapture would be taking place back on October 28, 1992. When the Rapture did not take place, the main prophet of that cult said that God lied to them! Imagine that.
I don’t have the sufficient space that I need to tell you about all of the rest that have tried to come up with a date as to the Rapture of the church. But I do want to tell you that these people that have set dates and have been wrong are false teachers and false prophets. Unfortunately though, there are still spiritually ignorant people that will continue to listen to them. As we have seen previously, there will always be false teachers among us.
Let us heed the warning of Deuteronomy. “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, how shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18:20-22).
Is today the end of the world as Mr. Camping states? No. Tomorrow he will wake up with an excuse as to why he was wrong, and there will be people there to believe his new date. Only God knows when the end will be.
Borderland Calvary Chapel