My two previous blogs have dealt with Harold Camping’s false predictions about the Rapture allegedly occurring on May 21, 2011. The first outlined how the Bible tells us that no one can know the day or the hour of this event (Matthew 24:36). The second article explained how Christians should respond to Camping’s false predictions.
Well, Harold Camping is at it again. Just two days after his May 21st prediction failed, he defended his claims. He stands by the May 21st date and claims that Christ came and put the world under judgment. So there was a spiritual or invisible judgment on May 21st. This sounds an awful lot like what the Jehovah’s Witnesses did when their predictions of 1914 failed to come true.
Camping also stands by his October 21st prediction (the date the world will allegedly end). Camping had claimed the Rapture would occur on May 21st and the world would end on October 21st.
The man is absolutely a false prophet. I don’t know if he truly believes what he claims, but he should apologize for misleading so many people. Instead, Camping continues to pridefully claim that he knows what Jesus said no man can know. Camping does not speak for Christ and he does not represent the vast majority of Christians.
Camping’s listeners have the responsibility and obligation to compare his teachings with Scripture. They need to be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11 who searched the Scriptures daily to make sure that what Paul taught was in accord with God’s Word. The author of Acts (Luke) commended the Bereans for doing this.
Camping’s followers would do well to read Deuteronomy 18:20–22 which shows that God’s standards for those who claim to speak for Him is 100% accuracy.
And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
Harold Camping should be thankful he didn’t live in ancient Israel since he would have been put to death for his false prophecies. He predicted Jesus would return in 1994 and then again on May 21, 2011. Neither of these came to pass. He is a false prophet and his followers have no excuse for not being aware of this truth. His false predictions have misled and hurt people, made Christians look foolish, and dishonored the name of Christ. He should repent, apologize, and stop making more false prophecies.
Christians must continue to live godly lives and share the love of Christ with the world. We should pray for those who have been deceived. Pray that they will have their eyes opened to the truth and that they would compare Camping’s teachings against the clear words of Scripture. If you have the opportunity to minister to those who have been deceived, remember that just as Christ has been gracious, loving, and merciful with us, so must we be to others. We also need guard against pride and arrogance which comes so easily.
Jesus will return someday, and Harold Camping does not know the date. That is certain.