Please also see my blog after May 22: http://justinofnablus.com/2011/05/22/for-campings-followers-its-may-22-lets-have-a-serious-talk/
There are thousands of followers of Family Radio who believe that the Lord will return on May 21, 2011. I have read the material of Harold Camping and am thoroughly convinced that his calculations are groundless. He is a man of boundless imagination but he uses it to wiggle out of the clear truth of God’s Word.
Please take it from someone who has loved Bible prophecy his whole life that Harold Camping’s dating system is a house of cards and will not come to pass. Of course, he would use my opinion as “proof” that I am the one who is apostate. That is what is known as circular reasoning.
Mark 13:32 says that “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” (I’m using the KJV, since Camping does). Like many false teachers, Camping has “proven” that that verse does not apply to him. In fact, it does. This means that Camping is claiming that he knows that which the Son of God does not know. This is not a question of an error, or miscalculation, but false teaching. And this is why people cannot be neutral about him, or say, “Well, who knows, it’s interesting, perhaps yes, perhaps no.” By definition Camping and Family Radio have committed sacrilege.
Nor can Camping claim, as he seems to do, that “Well it’s not just me, all kinds of groups have figured this date out.” No, they haven’t. Take a look at the intricate math that backs up the May 21 date: there is just one person behind this, and his name is Harold Camping, engineer, math genius and Bible student.
On May 22, when his prophecy will have failed, what will Camping do? What will they announce on Family Radio? The church has seen 2000 years of failed prophecies, so we can offer a few guesses. Camping might say: “I miscounted, I left out a zero or something, so it’s not 2011 but 2012 or 2013”. Or “Christ was going to come in judgment, but because I announced it enough people repented and he’s given us more time.” Or “My followers weren’t righteous enough.” Or “The Rapture did happen, but invisibly, leaving no evidence.” Or as he did in 1994, “Well, I said Christ might come, but I never said it was a sure thing.” The last thing he will admit is: “I was wrong; I didn’t know what I was talking about; forgive me; I’m going into retirement to ponder the depth of my sins and to ask for God’s forgiveness.”
Are you a follower, whether whole-hearted or partially of Camping? Then on May 22, 2011, you will not simply have to change your opinion. You will need to put your life in order before a holy God who condemns false prophets and their followers.
2 Thess 2:10b-12 – “they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness
I know it is difficult today to believe that Camping could be mistaken. On the one hand he claims to be a Bible student of unique understanding. On the other hand, he boasts that he does not have have degrees or formal training. He speaks with what seems like great confidence, but like the beast of the End Times he “boasts great things.”
If you have been convinced by him, I probably cannot convince his followers that Camping is wrong, so instead I’ll offer you a challenge. Today is May 9. I plead with you to make a decision right now before May 21 arrives. If you really have confidence in the date, why should you fear to affirm this in your hearts?
“If Christ does not come on May 21, then I will confess before God and human beings that Harold Camping was a false prophet. I will turn to God in repentance for following lies. I will repent of the hatred for Christ’s bride that Camping has taught me and I will go in humility to join a Bible-teaching church.”
The time to make that decision is today, before May 21, 2011. If you wait, he or some other false teacher will grab hold of your thinking. Or the devil will whisper to you that the Bible is unreliable, since Camping’s prophecy didn’t come to pass. Or you will be tempted to justify youself by saying, “Well, Jesus didn’t come, but we gave ’em all a good scare and now they’ll think twice about God.” Don’t give the devil an opportunity; don’t leave yourself open to the next false teacher. Make a date with the Lord to repent fully on May 22.
Addditional thought: I find Camping’s teaching to be so beyond belief that I wasn’t planning on blogging about it. Nevertheless, I believe that the Spirit prompted me to speak, not to condemn, but to offer a pastoral word for the many lambs who have gone astray. I am praying for readers of this blog. I will be more than pleased to speak with anyone about this theme, before or after May 21. See another blog on the topic at http://justinofnablus.com/2010/09/27/put-a-warning-label-on-false-prophets/ Gary Shogren
For followers of Harold Camping, in light of May 21 – “Take the May 22 Challenge”; Gary Shogren, Seminario ESEPA, San José, Costa Rica