The end-times predictions continue

Harold Camping was wrong; the rapture did not occur on May 21, 2011. As shown in the graphic, the Rapture countdown on is down to 0 months 0 days, and 200,000,000 Christians did not mysteriously disappear from the planet. A few, however, were quite a bit poorer after spending money on Rapture billboards and other advertising.

This hasn’t stopped the Hal Lindsey/Left Behind crowd from continuing with their prognostications. I took a look at World Net Daily (your Christian source for wild conspiracy theories) tonight, and one of their headlines reads Savage: Bible shows what’s next for Israel.

“Ezekiel is predictive of what’s going to happen,” Savage said as he read from the Hebrew scriptures on the air. “There will be a war.”

I have no doubt that war is a real possibility in any given year or decade in that part of the world, but that doesn’t mean that Ezekiel is speaking directly about this or that 20th/21st century conflict. I also have no doubt that Christ is coming again and that the Bible speaks about that glorious (or disastrous, depending on where one stands before God) event. But I am rather weary of the whole end-times pick-a-date and pin-the-tail-on-the-antichrist game. It is wrong when Camping predicts a time table, and it is wrong when the Bible prophecy “experts” predict a time table.

Grace and Peace

One thought on “The end-times predictions continue

  1. Carol K

    I happened to read “The Late Great Planet Earth” after the fall of Communism. It may have sounded compelling when it was written but by then it came across as ridiculous.
    It certainly illustrated how time- and place-centric a hyper-literal interpretation of scripture can easily become.


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