Ok, so you may or may not have heard, Harold Camping (president of Family Radio, Inc.) has predicted the end of the world… again. Sure he put a question mark after the title of his book 1994? But he still sold it as the date the world would end. Well with his age advancing on, he’s decided that this year is really, really the year. After all, he’s studied it carefully (that’s important in a minute).
I’ll be honest, I haven’t read a lot of his stuff. Most of what I know about his timeline is from what he’s said on the radio on his “Open Forum” program. I’ve heard how he comes to his date on at least a dozen times. Here’s how it works:
- 7,000 years ago, God told Noah to get into the ark and that he would flood the world in 7 days.
- Those 7 days were literal and prophetic, each day also corresponding 1,000 actual years (that could theoretically be true, there is a verse that says a day is as a 1,000 years to the Lord).
- 7,000 years after the flood, to the day, is May 21, 2011
- It is an amazing prediction that God worked it out to the day 7,000 years later
Did you catch the problem? It is subtle. If God told Noah that there were 7 days left, and that also means 7,000 years, to the day, and the flood was in the year Camping says it is, then he is 7 days off. It should be May 14, not May 21. However if Harold studied it very carefully, like he always says he does, then why didn’t he catch that?
He didn’t catch it because he’s not interested in truth as much as he is being right. I believe the Lord is coming soon, but I kind of hope He waits till after May 21 so that I can tune into Family Radio on May 22 and see what they’re saying that day.