I had posted about this before but I thought since it was actually the day in question I thought a bit of a repost would be in order. You see, if Harold Camping is correct then today, not May 21st, is the date of the rapture.
Well that’s not entirely true. I found something out since my initial post on this so it’s only half true.
Here is the main gist of the problem with Harold’s time table.
- 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?
Well he didn’t catch it because he had already arrived at the date of May 21, 2011. I haven’t spent too much time trying to figure out how he came to that date but it is important to notice that he wasn’t too careful when he “verified” that date with his flood chronology. He knew what he wanted to find so he found it. This happens all the time. It’s why scientists are supposed to look for falsifying evidence for their theories, because it’s too easy to see things that prove your theory right. It’s why he’s able to ignore verses that clearly say no man shall know the day or the hour (it’s interesting that Camping felt the need to predict not only the day but the hour so he could ignore the entire verse). He says that the verses refer to what people will say about the end of the world when they are clearly God speaking to His followers.
What will Family Radio look like in 8 days? Probably much the same as it does today. Sure he’ll have less followers than today, but then again he can always wait another 17 years to gain more followers and make another prediction for the end of the world.