It is now 4 days after the fact of Harold Camping’s prophecy claim of “the rapture” taking place on Saturday May 21st. Billboards across Philadelphia will now start to be taken down, and people who believed in Mr. Camping’s prophecy across the Bucks County area will start to take the stickers off of their automobiles; or will they?
On Sunday May 22nd a reporter from International Business Times went to Mr. Camping’s home and questioned him about the failed prophecy and Mr. Camping said that he was “flabbergasted” that the Rapture did not happen and that it was a “big, big deal” and something he had to “live with.”
He said that he would be back to work on Monday morning to speak more on the subject.
Monday morning came and went, and Mr. Camping did not show.
On Monday night Mr. Camping made a statement on the air in an unapologetic manner and said that he miscalculated his prediction and that the rapture will take place on October 21st the same day as when the world is going to end. What had happened on Saturday was the beginning of “Judgment upon the Earth” but not in a “physical”, but “spiritual” sense. He says that the predictions have been right all along but his interpretation was “more literal when it should have been spiritual.”
He is backing up all his past predictions and at first they were “physical”, but now he has learned that they were “spiritual”.
May 21, 1988 – judgment came upon the churches (spiritual)
Sept 7, 1994 – judgment continued on the churches (spiritual)
May 21, 2011 – judgment came upon the world (spiritual)
Oct 21, 2011 – End of the World and Rapture (physical)
It is very easy for a false prophet to justify their prophecy by switching the failed physical prophecy over to a “spiritual realm.” It has happened many times.
Jehovah’s Witness believe that in 1914 Jehovah gave Jesus the authority He had promised Him. Since then, Jesus has ruled in Heaven as had promised Him. Since then, Jesus has ruled in Heaven as Jehovah’s appointed King. As soon as Jesus became King, He threw Satan and his wicked angels out of Heaven and down to the locality of the Earth. This is why things have been so bad here on Earth since 1914. By 1918 Jesus cleansed the Temple for judgment and Satan’s organizations.
Seventh Day Adventists predicted the Return of Christ on October 22, 1844. It then closed with becoming known as the “Great Disappointment of 1844”. Hiram Edson (a pioneer for the movement) then had a revelation why Christ did not come to Earth in 1844 while he was walking through a cornfield. He claimed that Christ came in a “heavenly sanctuary” not the “earthly sanctuary” He cleansed. It is now known as the “investigative judgment”. Christ had passed from the “holy place” to the “most holy place” in the “heavenly sanctuary”. This means that Christ entered the 2nd phase of His ministry in the “heavenly sanctuary” and ever since has been reviewing the cases of believers to determine their worthiness for eternal life. He then will come forth from the 2nd apartment or finish the 2nd phase of His ministry in the sanctuary to usher in judgment upon the world at His Great 2nd Advent.
By no means believing in any of these failed prophecies makes you not a Christian. Different theologies vary by denomination, non denomination, or what some would consider a “cult”. The problem is that if you are a Bible believing Christian is that the Bible states that Jesus return will be physical, visible, and audible.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
Matthew 24:30 – ““Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.”
Titus 2:13 – “while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,”
1 Timothy 6:14 – “to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ”
Revelation 1:7 – “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.”
As many false prophets have come and gone, May 21st should be kept as a reminder that Mr. Camping is a false prophet. No one should listen to his outrageous claims. When October 21, 2011 rolls around and the rapture does not happen again, or the end of the world does not either, it will be tough for him to explain that the end of the world happened in a “spiritual realm.”
Keep in mind The Bible clearly says that the day and hour is unknown to all; it is only known to God Himself. When Jesus spoke of the day He said “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32
It is coming though, we just don’t know when.
Luke 17:22-24– “Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.”
Until that day comes, we will have to put up with people like Harold Camping. There will be many more. Although sincere in his beliefs, he is misleading many people.