Is May 21 the End?

Harold Camping and Family Radio are proclaiming that May 21, 2011 is the day the rapture will take place.  He has calculated this date using a mathematical formula applied to biblical prophecy.

I am surprised that he has managed to gather a substantial number of people to believe his prediction.

Throughout the generations there have been many attempts to place a date on the return of Christ.  All previous dates have come and gone without the fulfillment of their hopes.

I believe that Christ will return one day.  I believe in the rapture.  I do not believe that we can predict the date.  I believe that it could happen at any moment, so we should live our lives with an expectancy of the return of Christ, but we should plan for the future, because we do not know the day of His return.

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6 Responses to “Is May 21 the End?”

  1. youngearth Says:

    He’s pinning his Judgement Day calculation based on a unique and wrong view of the year of creation.

    I’ve come up with approx. 2095 for the Day of the Lord using the Bible and a whole number study which involves only simple math. The idea with trying to figure out the Day of the Lord assumes knowledge of a) year of creation b) an internal and discernible ruler from the Bible c) consistent with signs that Jesus described.

    The only reason I can think of why Christian’s might need to know about the timing of the appearance of Dragon Breath would be to forgo bearing children just prior to the beginning of the Great Tribulation of the saints.

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      I think that trying to pinpoint a date is the wrong way to approach the issue. I believe that we should preach the “imminent” return. The implication of that message is that we should live in a state of readiness.

  2. NotAScientist Says:

    “I believe that we should preach the “imminent” return. The implication of that message is that we should live in a state of readiness.”

    After 2000 years, using the term ‘imminent’ becomes less impactful.

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years,and a thousand years is as one day.” II Peter 3:8

      I think it to be a marvel that each generation is able to interpret the scriptures in such a way that it thinks of itself as the last generation. Of course, all previous generations were wrong, and so this generation may be wrong as well. We do not know the day or the hour of the Lord’s return, which is why we should be ready. Does it have less impact? Not to those who believe the message.

  3. Lensman Says:

    It seems that there is another group on the scene with a new perspective in disputing Camping’s prophesies. They make a compelling statement that “Jesus is here now.” Check out their billboard which I think will stir the pot a bit.

    Billboard Which Challenges Family Radio Right Near Their Headquarters in Oakland, CA about May 21, 2011.

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      I took a look at the billboard. If the claim is that Jesus has returned, then it is a false Christ. The scripture tells us “For many will come in My name, saying ‘I am the Christ’ and will deceive many.” (Math 24:5) When Jesus actually returns, we will not need to read about it on a billboard.

      A different slant would be the recognition that the Spirit of Christ dwells in believers. In a sense, when we are led by the Spirit, Christ is speaking through us. The difficulty with this approach is the recognition that we are still in our human bodies, so our connection with the Spirit is hindered by the flesh. Sometimes we attribute things to the Spirit that actually arise from our own minds, and sometimes even from seducing spirits. The claims that people make to speak for God must be carefully evaluated by prayer and study.

      The pot is stirred.

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