Well, I’m glad we all made it through the rapture safe and sound. Wait, what? You didn’t hear? The rapture was supposed to take place last Saturday, May 21, 2011! We were all supposed to be taken up to Heaven (if we were part of the “selected”) or suffer a horrible and horrendous death amidst a global judgment day. At least that is what Harold Camping was trying to tell everybody.
Camping, an unordained preacher out of California, predicted that judgment day was set to strike the earth on May 21, 2011 with a worldwide catastrophe while 200 million Christians would be exalted to Heaven. Well, May 21, 2011 came and May 21, 2011 passed and nothing happened. Surprised? Yeah, me either.
Camping and his followers were adamant that the end was nigh for all of us. So adamant, in fact, that hundreds of people began giving away their homes and life savings believing that they would no longer need any of it after Saturday. Camping himself, along with his Family Radio International nonprofit organization, spent millions of dollars on over 5,000 billboards and RVs with their “Judgement Day” prophecy plastered on them.
This isn’t Camping’s first failed prophecy, however. Camping had also predicted back in 1992 that the world would come to an end in 1994. But, if you haven’t figured it out already, that prophecy didn’t happen either. Camping’s explanation for that failed knowledge was that he encountered a mathematical error and that his prediction of a May 21, 2011 judgment day was irrefutably correct due to all the time he had to determine the correct answer.
So, seeing how he was wrong again, you would think that Camping would either A.) Drop it and say he was wrong or B.) Admit that he was full of it. However, Camping came up with a third option saying that May 21, 2011 was a spiritual judgment day not the physical one he had originally predicted.
According to Camping, May 21, 2011 is the day that God put the whole world under a spiritual judgment. According to Camping, “We’ve always said May 21 was the day, but we didn’t understand altogether the spiritual meaning. The fact is there is only one kind of people who will ascend into Heaven…if God has saved them they’re going to be caught up.”
Even though Camping admitted that May 21, 2011 wasn’t the physical judgment day, he didn’t stop there. No, Camping has an all new prophecy for the actual, physical judgment day, October 21, 2011, a mere five months from now. However, Camping stated that he and his followers will not continue to warn people about judgment day stating that “God’s judgment and salvation was completed on Saturday.”
Being a believer myself (in God, not Camping), I have trouble believing that Camping is really “all there” in the head. It is impossible for somebody to predict the exact time and hour of judgment day. It clearly states in Matthew 24:36, “but about that day or hour no one knows” except God.
Camping is also mistaken in his interpretation of those who will ascend into Heaven. The path to salvation in the Christian church is by believing that God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to earth in human form to die for the sins of mankind. If you truly believe that and believe that Christ is your savior, then you will have a place in Heaven. God does not pick a select few and say “tough luck” to everybody else.
Needless to say, I do believe in a forthcoming judgment day. However, I did not believe for one second that it was going to occur on May 21, 2011 nor do I even consider the fact that it will occur on October 21, 2011. I just hope that when October 22, 2011 comes rolling around Camping finally admits that he is wrong and doesn’t try to throw out another pathetic excuse.