“But concerning that day, no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”
“For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” Matthew 24: 36, 38-39
If you’re reading this, somewhere Harold Camping is very embarrassed. The infamous Saturday, May 21, 2011, has come and gone.
Sadly, hundreds of people have swallowed the lie one man’s tiny little mind has calculated the date of Christ’s return. If I can’t even fully understand or explain His love for me, how can I pretend to understand what He has purposed from before time began? What saddens me the most is the damage that these lies do to the name of Christ, the infallible word of God, the Bible, and the reputation of true believers.
Philippians 1:27 says, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” I remember when I was little, my parents reminding me to be on my best behavior when we were out in public. My dad held a rather prominent position at the largest company in our small Oklahoma town. “You represent your dad. When people see you, they associate you with your father. You want to be an accurate representation.” Christian, the same is true for us. When we claim the name of Christ, we associate ourselves publicly with our heavenly Father and our Savior.
As a child if I lied, exaggerated, or spread rumors I would have diluted the respect that my father had in the community. Similarly, as Camping, in direct disobedience to the Bible, predicts the date-specific return of Christ, people associate his false predictions and lies with Jesus Christ. People will take the Bible less seriously and they will assume all Christians are liars.
For a more concise explanation of “Why it is Wrong for Christians to Predict When Christ will Return to Earth” check out article by Dr. John Ankerburg.
I was reading an article from the Associate Press about Harold Camping and this Saturday. A few other things that convince me I do not want to be in his “camp”:
The prediction has been publicized in almost every country, said Chris McCann, who works with eBible Fellowship, one of the groups spreading the message. “The only countries I don’t feel too good about are the `stans’ — you know, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, those countries in Central Asia,” he said.
Marie Exley, who left her home in Colorado last year to join Family Radio’s effort to publicize the message, just returned from a lengthy overseas trip that included stops in the Middle East. She said billboards have gone up in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.
“I decided to spend the last few days with my immediate family and fellow believers,” Exley said. “Things started getting more risky in the Middle East when Judgment Day started making the news.”
McCann plans to spend Saturday with his family, reading the Bible and praying. His fellowship met for the last time on Monday.
“We had a final lunch and everyone said goodbye,” he said. “We don’t actually know who’s saved and who isn’t, but we won’t gather as a fellowship again.”
Seriously? You don’t even know if you are saved? Praise the Lord that the God I worship, who sent His son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for my sins and raised Him to life on the third day, tells me that I can know FOR SURE that I am saved.
and then I read this:
Bart Centre, an atheist from New Hampshire, started Eternal Earth-bound Pets in 2009. He offers Rapture believers an insurance plan for those furry family members that won’t join them in heaven: 10-year pet care contracts, with Centre and his network of fellow non-believers taking responsibility for the animals after the Rapture. The fee — payable in advance, of course — was originally $110, but has gone to $135 since Camping’s prediction.
Centre says he has 258 clients under contract, and that business has picked up considerably this year. But he’s not worried about a sales slump if May 21 happens to disappoint believers.
“They never lose their faith. They’re never disappointed,” he said. “It reinforces their faith, strangely enough.”
“And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3
Why are people so eager to predict the date of Christ’s return, even when He warns us not to? Why are some people so convinced of this date that they are willing to say their goodbyes to family and loved ones? I believe it is the same lie that Satan used on Eve in the garden. “You will be like God!” It is our insatiable to desire to know all that God knows and to be in control of our own lives. If ever I need a little reminder that I am not in control of anything, I read Job 38-40.
What do you think?
I know: When Jesus Comes there will be no mistaking it. Amen, come quickly Lord Jesus!