Did you hear? The beginning of the end is on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 6pm. It begins with a worldwide earthquake of apocalyptic proportion. Then, all God’s people will be raptured off the earth, leaving behind the rest who will suffer for five months until Oct 21st, when the universe is destroyed.
There’s going to be a lot of disappointed people about 9am Saturday night. One way or the other.
Harold Camping is an 89-year-old, non-ordained, Christian radio broadcaster, and president of Harold Camping Family Radio. He used his own mathematical calculations to come up with the May 21st date. His followers took out a full page ad in USA Today and he’s been interviewed on numerous media outlets. They have conventions. They have tee-shirts. They have brochures, pamphlets and billboards.
Bless his heart, I’m sure he sincerely believed his calculations. In one interview, he said there is “no reason in the world; no possibility it will not happen.”
But he’s been wrong with past apocalyptic predictions. Just like so many other endtime prophets, they’re batting….0, zero, zilch, nada…in success percentage.
As most of your already know, I am a Christian. But Christians come in many flavors, and I must part company with people like this. Mr. Camping responded to a caller in an open forum who disagreed with his position based on Matt: 24:36. His response asked the caller on whose authority did he base his position.
Um, I’m not a biblical scholar, but I’m pretty sure it was Jesus Christ who said:
No one knows about that day or hour, nor even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the Father. ~Matthew 24:36
That would be my authority as well. Then, there’s also these statements made by the Creator of the Universe.
Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. ~Luke 21:8
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” ~Matthew 24:44
Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. ~Acts 1:6,7
So I’m guessing when JC comes back, the one day it’s not going to be is May 21, 2011. What I find most disturbing is that Camping’s followers probably have quit their jobs and given away money and possessions in anticipation of not needing these things anymore. What are they going to do Sunday morning when they find they’re still here? Will Mr. Camping refund all those donations he accepted in lieu of *the end*? Not.
Then there’s the Rapture. Thanks to the Left Behind series, there’s a fascination with a secret “pretrib” removal of believers before things get totally out of hand. Nice thought, but I don’t think that’s happening either. However, let me say that if I find myself floating upward looking down at the earth, I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong. I think we’re all going through the tribulation together.
Scripture tells us there is going to be nothing quiet about JC’s return.
Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. ~Matthew 24:30, 31
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore comfort one another with these words. ~1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
Scripture point to signs in the natural world and in the increase of evil an wickedness. Is all that happening. Yes. It’s been happening for 2,000+ years. Jesus predicted, And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. ~Matthew 24:14.
I believe there will be a definite end to life on this planet as we know it. And God strongly suggests we be ready at all times. I think there’s a reason no one knows exactly when that’s going to be.
So let’s all put away our calculators and numerology theories and concentrate on a living life that assures our destiny…from today forward.
I’ll see you Sunday! And if I don’t…. one of us in in trouble.