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Harold Camping: The End is Coming?

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The End is Coming?

Almost since the beginning of our Ministry in late 1979, we have been reporting on End Times claims and predictions. People have claimed absolute certainty for their predictions on the basis of Mayan Calendars; Nostradamus; Astrological-astronomical [not the same thing] ‘alignments’; Millennium calculations and computer expertise; the Bible - codes and calculations, and a lot more. All of the authoritative pronouncements that we commented on over the years - and the hundreds of thousands of others made throughout history, have ALL been 100% incorrect.

That hasn’t prevented further predictions being made more recently. In the past few years predictions about the end of the world, as we now know it, coming in December 2012 have spawned a multi-million dollar industry of books, films DVDs and more. There has been a multiplication of Internet websites promoted ‘expert’ opinion about THE End coming in 2012.

But all those experts are wrong! So claims American octogenarian, Harold Camping! It’s coming sooner than everyone thinks, according to Camping.

In 1993 we reported that Harold Camping had predicted that the world would end in 1994. Camping is the leader of ‘Family Radio’. In the 1990s he left a small clause in the introduction of his large paperback book, 1994, to say there was a remote possibility he could be wrong. Well, he was wrong then, but has that deterred him from asserting predictions? No! He still believes in the complex mathematics he developed which reveal ‘hidden biblical prophecies’. Camping believes he had made some mathematical errors in his last prediction. He has since revised his calculation, and now figures he has it right. He actually mocks the 2012 Mayan date fixation: ‘That date [2012] has not one stitch of biblical authority...’ According to Camping the real date of The End is next May. Despite his previous failed prediction, he obviously thinks his more recent prediction is worth careful consideration. He seems to believe that his view is more credible than the Mayan Calendar predictions because it is ‘based on the Bible’ and his weird mathematical calculations.

JUDGMENT DAY is feared by the world and is the day that God will destroy the world because of the sins of mankind. The world is correct in believing that Judgment Day will come. The Bible gives us the correct and accurate information about that Day...

Because the year 2011 A.D. is exactly 7,000 years after 4990 B.C. when the flood began, the Bible has given us absolute proof that the year 2011 is the end of the world during the Day of Judgment, which will come on the last day of the Day of Judgment. Amazingly, May 21, 2011 is the 17th day of the 2nd month of the Biblical calendar of our day. Remember, the flood waters also began on the 17th day of the 2nd month, in the year 4990 B.C....

Several years ago we had learned that the silence in Heaven for about half an hour referred to the 2,300 days that were the first part of the 23-year (exactly 8,400 days) Great Tribulation period. This period began on May 21, 1988. It was during this 2,300-day period that, both in the churches and throughout the world, very few, if any, were saved. Revelation 8:1 reports that there was silence in Heaven. This would have been the situation beginning on May 21, 1988, because joy in Heaven occurs as sinners repent...

Thus all we have to do is multiply the number of years separating two events by the number 365.2422 to know the exact number of days between them. So from April 1, 33 A.D. to April 1, 2011 there are exactly 2011 – 33 = 1,978 years, each having 365.2422 days. This equals 722,449.07 days. From April 1, 2011 to May 21, 2011 inclusively (including the first day and the last day) are 51 days. Adding these 51 days to the number 722,449.07 gives us exactly 722,500.07 days, from April 1, 33 A.D. to May 21, 2011 inclusively...

The number 722,500 is made up of two sets of identical significant numbers. Each number is intimately related to God’s salvation plan: 5 x 10 x 17 x 5 x 10 x 17 = 722,500...

On May 21, 2011, the date of the Rapture, each and every saved person goes to Heaven because his salvation is altogether completed. The number 17 fits perfectly because it signifies Heaven when it has spiritual meaning.

The preceding rambling comments from Harold Camping make no real sense. His comments and predictions made no sense during the 1990s when he was convinced the End would come in 1994. He is now even more adamant that he has his sums right this time, and that Judgement Day and the Rapture will occur on May 21 THIS YEAR - two months before Camping’s 90th birthday! Camping was never a scholar, and certainly not a Bible scholar. No one with any sound Biblical background could come to the same wild conclusions and way-out miscalculations as Camping, but his sensationalist rambling presence on the Internet will probably convince some.

How will Camping celebrate his 90th birthday on July 19th, 2011, after he failed to be raptured on May 21st, 2011? Time will tell.

The Bible clearly warns against such wild speculation. Beware the prophets of gloom and doom who claim to know the dates and times!

Jesus declared: No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father...Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come...the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (Read Matthew 24)

The Biblical message is very clear about the fact that dates concerning the end is not in the realm of human capacity. The’ time of the end’ is knowledge reserved for God alone. Actually, it is noteworthy that the emphasis of the Bible is that the end comes when people are not going to be ready for it. They will be surprised by its coming. This is the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles.

(TACL Jan-Feb 2011 Vol. 32 No.1)