…is now revealed again. For those who wonder, we now know what we’ve already known.
Harold Camping predicted that May 21, at 6:00pm, there would be a rolling rapture that occured in sequence according to the various time zones of the world, in which 200 million people would be raptured, there would be earthquakes measuring 14 on the richter scale and every dead body would be tossed out of their graves (which is apparently the only judgment God will ever give the dead).
Tens of thousands of people gave Harold Camping tens of millions of dollars in hopes that he would be correct (and to spread his teaching), even though Jesus directly said:
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” – Matthew 24:36-42
Like it or not, exegesis is important.
Any man who takes on the yoke of teacher, pastor, or shepherd in the church of God must “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
If one doesn’t rightly handle the word of truth (i.e. which logically assumes that there is a right and wrong way to handle the scripture), one will have to answer to the Lord for their blatant disobedience and willful deceit of, at least in Harold Camping’s ministry, tens of thousands of people.
Don’t follow his horrible and frightening example.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “The Armchair Orthotomos” Unger