Oops I did it Again
Let’s imagine that it’s the year 1994 and someone named Harold Camping of Family Radio says he knows the day of Jesus return somewhere between September 15-17. And he gets it wrong, would you listen to him the next day for a new date?
Camping said Sept. 6 1994 would end the tribulation period – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT0Y2lxe00I
Well its now 16 years later, and at the age of 89 he has predicted May 21, 2011 and many are listening to him instead of a real prophet – 2 Peter 2:1: “But there were also false prophets among the people.”
With Billboards, signs on cars, on Internet sites, on the radio and TV many are putting stock in Camping’s proclamation.
Harold Camping’s prediction for May 21 is more than a foolish prediction. Using allegorical mathematic equations from the Bible (some call numerology) he has made his calculation of the day. Camping believes that what he has been doing for many years is biblical.
Well I’m not going to bore you with a refute of all his “Bible mathematics” and conclusions, but only go back to his original 1994 prediction. Camping interpreted John 21:1-14 with his numerology; “Jesus tells the disciples who were about 200 cubits out in the Sea of Galilee to throw their net on the right side of the boat. The result was a catch of 153 fish.
According to Camping the Scriptures are teaching that the 200 cubits represent about 2,000 years between the first and second comings of Christ. On the next page of his book he explains, “the number 153 equals 3 times 3 times 17: “The number three signifies the purpose of God whereas the number seventeen signifies heaven. Thus we can learn that [the] purpose of God is to bring all believers that are caught’ by the Gospel into heaven” (p. 504, 1994).
Some say: just because he was wrong then does not mean he will be wrong again. Really?
Camping believed the time of the Great Tribulation started in 1988 and lasted from May 21, 1988 to September 7, 1994 or 2300 days. That no one could be saved anywhere in the world during this period. The church age ended. How many of you have been saved after 1994?
I say; with Bible teaching like this when can he EVER be right?
Camping refers to Amos 3:7; insinuating he is a prophet. Well there are two kinds of prophets, usually when one is found wrong they are not consulted as a true prophet. Only those with the spirit of error adhere to false prophets.
He has been wrong before and did not repent of his date and yet people still want him to be right. You see that by setting a new date shows no repentance…
Camping is bringing shame to the true church, he is making a mockery of Christ’s statements and allowing us to be the target of ridicule by unbelievers. This should at least make the remnant that is aware of false prophets and teachers pause, in a moment of soberness understand the harm this all brings to the cause of the gospel.
How many others spoke of knowing the time in some way and were wrong. A quick refresher of some of the more infamous ones:
William Miller of the 7th day Adventists Elder White, their leader, engaged in preaching three different set times for the Lord to come:1843, 1844, 1845: “I found myself happy in the faith that Christ would come about the year 1843” (Life Incidents, p.72).
Then of 1844, he says: “I stated my conviction that Christ would come on the tenth day of the seventh Jewish month of that year .” pp. 166, 167).
“It is well known that many were expecting the Lord to come at the seventh month, 1845. That Christ would then come we firmly believed. A few days before the time passed, I was at Fairhaven and Dartmouth, Mass., with a message on this point of time.” (‘A Word to the Little Flock,’ by James White, p. 22.)
Prophetess Mrs. White had 1843 and 1844. She says: “With carefulness and trembling we approached the time when our Saviour was expected to appear.” Then she tells her disappointment. (Testimonies, Vol. 1, p. 48. and: “Our hopes now centered on the coming of the Lord in 1844.” (p. 53.)
Not since William Miller and the Millerite’s climbing up a hill waiting for the rapture have we had such scandalous publicity.