According to Harold Camping of Family Radio we have 15 days left until the end of the world. Well, that’s not entirely true; we have 15 days until “the Rapture.” The end of the world won’t happen until October but May 21st is the day we’ll all know that Harold is wrong, again. I say again because he waited for the end back in 1994 and well, he’s still here. He has of course figured out why he was wrong back then and right today, but I imagine had I paid much attention to him 17 years ago he was just as convinced then as he is now.
One interesting part of his theology is that Mr. Camping does not only know the day, but even the hour of God’s coming. It’s at 6 PM. 6 PM where you ask? Why 6 PM at the international date line of course. That will make it about 9 PM in California, 12 midnight in New York, and 5 AM in England. Wait, that makes it May 22nd in England when the rapture happens. That also makes it 7 AM the 22nd in Israel. You’d think that if the date was the 21st then it would be the 21st in the general location that the people who the prophesies were originally given to. But to be honest all this is moot. Mr. Camping, I think, had to pick an hour to make his hypocrisy complete. He claims to only follow the Bible, that the Bible is the only thing you can trust but then he completely ignores the very plain things the Bible teaches.
Matthew 24:36 is very clear that no one knows the “day or the hour.” Mr. Camping had to predict the hour so that he could completely ignore the teaching of scripture. Just a bit further in the same chapter Jesus says, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come” in verse 42. Then, still speaking to his disciples He says, “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” What Jesus is trying to teach us (and Mr. Camping would do well to pay attention) is that you must be ready for Him to come always. It’s not just about when the actual “Second Coming” happens. If you die today, that is the day when the Lord comes for you. The date of the Second Coming means nothing at that point.
Earlier in that same chapter Jesus speaks a warning that the followers of Mr. Camping would do well to heed, “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time.”
I just hope and pray those who do believe Harold are not disillusioned with God on May 22, just Camping.