Harold Camping, the return of Christ, and my plans for May 22nd
Jesus: “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” (Matthew 24:36 ESV)
Harold Camping of Family Radio: The Rapture will be on May 21, 2011 (The “rapture” is the idea that Jesus will take his Church off the Earth before judging the world).
I’ll go with Jesus’ teaching over Camping’s.
Christ is coming; I don’t know when. It could be May 21st. It could be 100 years from now. It could be 5000 years from now. Jesus didn’t claim to know. I don’t know. Harold Camping doesn’t know.
I’m planning on going to church on Sunday, May 22nd. The message will be from the book of Job, and knowing my pastor, it will point people to Christ as the Righteous One who suffered on my behalf.
Beyond May 22nd, I’m planning on continuing to write, teach, serve, pray, and love others. I’m planning on dying some day. Unless Jesus comes first.
Grace and Peace
From Albert Mohler: The End is Near? The False Teaching of Harold Camping
If you know the Bible and this statement [from Camping] confuses you, you are in good company.
Camping’s mathematical formula “involves, among other things, the dates of floods, the signals of numbers in the Bible, multiplication, addition and subtraction thereof.” As many have noted, the math seems to make sense only to Harold Camping.
Christians are indeed to be looking for Christ to return and seeking to be found faithful when Christ comes. We are not to draw a line in history and set a date, but we are to be about the Father’s business, sharing the Gospel and living faithful Christian lives. We are not to sit on rooftops like the Millerites, waiting for Christ’s return. We are to be busy doing what Christ has commanded us to do.
From Cyberbrethren: Will the World End on May 31? Maybe. Remain Calm, Don’t Panic. Here’s Why.
We’ve all been hearing about the predictions being made by Harold Camping, a serial liar and deceiver, who has pulled the same stunt before, announcing that the end of the world will occur on such-and-such a date. He’s doing it again. This time he says the rapture will take place on May 21 and then, this October, the world will finally end. He is a liar. He is a false prophet.
As the end of the world draws closer, each day the Lord gives us is one more day to serve Him and to be a part of the great effort to proclaim the Gospel. This is the great mission Christ has given His church: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). Our Lord promises to be with us until the end of the world (Matt. 28:20), as we continue to tell the good news about Jesus (Acts 8:35).
Finally, our Lord wants us to be watchful for His coming. We have the assurance that because of His death and resurrection for us, we have the full and free forgiveness of our sins. We may not know all the details about the end of the world, but we do not need to be anxious about them. Nor should we get all caught up in speculation about the end times. We live in the great period of the “now” and the “not yet.” We have salvation in Christ right now. But we do not yet have the final blessing of our salvation: life forever with the Lord in heaven.