As bad as the storm damage has been to witness this spring (and it has hit areas that I am very familiar with), I am just as concerned with the spiritual damage that folks like Harold Camping have caused with his false prophecies and predictions. As I previously wrote, May 21, 2011, was not the date of the rapture or judgment or anything else specific in regard to God’s appointed times. As for his now revised date of October 21, 2011, I will just tell you now that it also does not fall on any of God’s appointed times. The only thing on the calendar for that date is Simchat Torah, which marks the beginning of a new Torah cycle. It is hardly an ominous date in God’s previously revealed character. I am confident to say that Camping’s latest grasp at another straw will prove to be fruitless indeed.
Word out now is that Camping has resorted to the JW’s defense. He is trying to claim that the rapture did happen on May 21, but that it was “spiritual.” This tactic isn’t new; it has been used by false prophets before Camping and it will probably be used by false prophets that are yet to come if the Lord tarries long enough. I would instead call your attention once again to Scripture:
Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25See, I have told you beforehand. 26So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. – Matthew 24:23-28
I have already posted some of my own thoughts regarding the Rapture and you are welcome to peruse them if you like. Suffice it to say that I am not going to buy in to the predictions of those like Harold Camping. He has been proven false a second time (once was already enough for me to disregard him). Don’t put your trust in men; instead you should search God’s Word for yourself and test and try these teachers against the Truth. Camping has been measured and found wanting.
My prayer is that those who have been deceived by him to this point will awaken and seek the truth. I noted that the site run by the believer of Camping’s prophecies has not been updated in over a month. He has had nothing to say since the failure of the “prophet” he believed in has become evident. I pray that his eyes would be opened now that his false prophet has been exposed. I pray that for them all, so that the devastation will not continue. It would seem that Harold Camping has no shame after being prove false. I highly doubt that the third time in October will be the charm, either for him being right for once or for him admitting he has been wrong all along.