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“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless
the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed.”

—2 Thessalonians 2:3

 

Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, has predicted that the rapture will occur on May 21, 2011. We believe his ministry is full of people who love the Lord and look forward to the return of Jesus. But can these sincere believers still be sincerely wrong?

Watch the revealing video to the right, read the article below, and then investigate further with even more links following the article. And God bless you on your journey for the truth.

Why We’ll Still Be Here on May 22, 2011

Setting dates for the return of Christ is a big temptation for many students of apocalyptic Scripture. It is tantalizing to study prophecies and numbers and symbols in Daniel and Revelation with a calculator in one hand. Some feel compelled to roll up their sleeves, punch out prophetic figures, and do number crunching. Surely there is a hidden answer in Scripture predicting when Christ will come!

But if we are true to the Bible, if we seek the message of Christ’s words in Matthew 24 and 25 with an open heart, we will close our holy calculators. Preparation for Jesus’ return has less to do with figuring out a date and more to do with how we are to live in the present.

Harold Camping, a Christian radio broadcaster and president of Family Radio, has used mathematical predictions to predict that the end of the world will happen on May 21, 2011 at exactly 6:00 p.m. He is convinced that a rapture of God’s people will take place. Then, five months later, God will destroy the Earth and the universe.

Some people laugh at Camping. Others wonder, “Could this be true?” The answer is not to be found in blogs, posts, or interesting articles. The answer is found by studying the Word of God for yourself.

What does the Bible say about the timing of Christ’s coming? Here are seven passages from Scripture that guide us in understanding whether Camping’s prediction is true.

  1. Matthew 24:36 says, “Of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
    The Bible tells us every effort we make to nail down the time for Christ’s return will fail. Camping directly contradicts Christ’s words.
  2. Luke 21:9 says, “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them” (Luke 21:8).
    The Bible warns us there are false prophets who attempt to predict the timing of Jesus’ coming. Camping demonstrates that he is a false prophet by trying to set a date for Jesus’ return.
  3. Matthew 24:32, 33  says, “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!”
    While the Bible shows us we cannot know the precise time of Christ’s second coming, it helps us know from signs that it is near.
  4. Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
    A repeated emphasis in the Scriptures is to watch and be ready always because we do not know exactly when Christ will return (Luke 12:35-40, Matthew 24:50, 1 Thessalonians 5:6).
Judgment Day Facts, Part 2
  1. Acts 1:6, 7 says, “Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom of Israel?’ And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”
    God has not revealed when Jesus will come again. Our focus is not to be on time-setting, but mission.
  2. Luke 12:37 says, “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching.”
    The passage teaches that no matter when the master returns, the servant is blessed because he is always ready. The servant is not fixed on a time for the master’s return.
  3. Luke 12:45 says, “But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming.’”
    Here is a warning that putting off preparation for Christ’s coming will catch people off guard. We must not smugly point out false predictions and neglect our own preparation for Jesus’ return or we will not be ready.

Camping also predicts that the saints will be “raptured” while the wicked are left on this earth for five months and then destroyed. The Bible tells us that at the second coming of Christ the wicked will be destroyed, not left behind (see Revelation 6:16, 17; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; and Revelation 19:20, 21). The Bible teaches that the wicked and righteous (tares and wheat) grow together until the harvest (Matthew 13:30). Then God’s people are saved and the unrighteous are lost. In the parable of the unfaithful servant (Matthew 24:44-51), there is no second chance. So also the parable of the sheep and goats teaches that when Christ comes, people are either saved or lost (Matthew 25:31-46).

The parables of Matthew 24 and 25 teach us that because Jesus is coming soon, but at a time we do not exactly know, we should always be ready. It is not a test of our Christianity to know the specific time of Christ’s return. The judgment question of Matthew 25:45 says nothing about calculating a date. It teaches that how we treat those less fortunate than ourselves is what shows we are ready for the Lord’s return.

Is Jesus’ coming soon? The Bible is certain that Christ will come again. The Scriptures point to signs in the natural world, in the religious world, and in the increase of wickedness on our planet. Jesus predicted, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). Has this sign been completely fulfilled? You can learn more about these signs at one of our prophecy seminars.

God calls us to be ready at all times. We should put away our end-time calculators and fall on our knees asking Jesus to change our hearts so that we will be ready when He comes. Are you ready?

 

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  2. “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man…” (Mark 13:32)

     

    Jesus was referring to His 2nd coming (v. 26) where He said “of that day and that hour knoweth no man.” (v. 32), but the question raised is whether this statement was selective.  Will no one really know the day and the hour of His return or was it referring only to those in “darkness,” the unbelievers? And it has been suggested that those that are in the light are exempted from this, but they in fact can know exactly the day and the hour of His return thus the time-setters of the day will surely excite the enemies of Christianity to ridicule and make a mockery of Christ.

     

    In this chapter in Mark, Jesus was speaking to Peter, James, John and Andrew (13:3).  These were His disciples and not the ones walking in darkness, but yet Christ told them exactly what they were not allowed to know in verse 33.

     

    ” Take ye heed, watch and pray: FOR YE KNOW NOT WHEN THE TIME IS.” (Mark 13:33).

     

    He tells them that that time can come at “at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning” (v. 35)

     

    Jesus did NOT reveal to His disciples when that day will be, but instead He admonished them and this admonition is in fact for ALL… “And what I say unto you I SAY UNTO ALL, WATCH.” (v. 37).

    So not even the closest disciples were privy to the exact day and hour of His return, but God told them to WATCH.  

    God knows better not to reveal the exact day and hour and why would anyone want to know that anyway? We need to live each day as though it is that day for we know not if we are going to be alive in the morrow.

  3. “And this GOSPEL of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world FOR A WITNESS unto all nations; AND THEN SHALL THE END COME.” (Matthew 24:14)

     

    “And I saw another ANGEL fly in the midst of heaven, having the EVERLASTING GOSPEL to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his JUDGMENT is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” (Rev. 14:6, 7)

     

    The preaching of the everlasting gospel to every nation is the final sign that will usher in the return of Jesus Christ.  The preachers of this gospel are those that understand that God is calling for people to enter into His JUDGMENT “for the time is come that judgment must begin AT THE HOUSE OF GOD: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL?” (1 Pet. 4:17).

     

    This verse presents the truth that those that “obey the gospel” are called the “house of God” and they are going through the judgment of God.  The idea of the “judgment” is fearful to those that “obey not the gospel” because it directs their minds to a fearful day of condemnation and execution, but this is NOT the gospel Judgment message contained in Revelation 14:6, 7.  God is calling for people to FEAR GOD (not the judgment) and GIVE GLORY TO HIM, FOR THE HOUR OF HIS JUDGMENT IS COME.”  He is inviting people to obey the gospel and those that will heed the message of this “angel” (symbolizing the preachers of this gospel) will pass through the judgment of God with no fear of condemnation; but with the assurance of grace.  

     

    We should understand that the gospel invitation to the judgment of God is not to condemn you, but to save you; to give every believer a chance to be represented by Christ in the Court above and find pardon; that yours sins may be blotted out (Acts 3:19) and that your name may remain in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev. 3:5).  Understand therefore that it is the “house of God;” the believers; those that love and fear the Lord that are to benefit from the righteous judgment of God.  They are not afraid, but excited and looking forward that their names will be called one day to be represented by the Advocate that took away their shame with His blood (Eph. 1:7, 1 John 1:9) and covered (Rom. 4:7) their nakedness with His righteous life; the Lawyer that never lost a case.  

     

    God has opened for us a door up above to enter in by faith (Rev. 3:8) where the Ancient of Days sits (Dan. 7:9) to preside in the Judgment and the books were opened (v. 10) and every case decided (Mal. 3:16-18).  The cases of all the righteous dead are now and have been passing through the Judgment (Heb. 9:27) and soon the cases of the living saints will begin (Acts 10:42) when the final test comes to the people of God – the mark of the beast.

     

    What of the people that continue to live outside of the Judgment?  They have no case pending to be represented by the only Hope they have.  As long as they walk the earth refusing to obey the gospel, but are wanton (1 Tim. 5:6, James 5:5), the Lord proclaims, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is CONDEMNED ALREADY, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and MEN LOVED DARKNESS RATHER THAN LIGHT, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:18, 19).  These are the fearful of the EXECUTION OF THE JUDGMENT (Jude 14-16) and to excuse their fear, they mock (Jude 18, 19, 2 Pet. 3:3, 4) the message and ridicule the preachers that warn them (Heb. 10:26, 27).

    “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Rev. 3:19)

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