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May 21 Judgement Day?Posted Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 3:54 PM
As many of you are aware, a certain Harold Camping (b.1921) has been predicting Saturday, May 21st, 2011 as "Judgement Day". Camping is founder and president of Family Radio (not to be confused with American Family Radio). He has been on shortwave radio, several am and fm stations, and even on television for several years now.
Back in 1994, Camping wrote a book, "1994?", in which he predicted the end of the world to be September of 1994. I recieved a free copy of the book in '95.
Now, Camping is of the Reformed faith, having been an elder in the Christian Reformed Church until the year 1988. He believes in the doctrine of pre-destination from a hardshell Calvinist point of view.
Going to the website, http://www.familyradio.com/facts/
I copy and paste the following:
"What is the Timeline of History?
The timeline of history is God's predetermined timetable for the unfolding of God's Gospel program for this world. In other words the length of time between the day God created this world in 11,013 B.C. and the day he will destroy it in October 21, 2011.
The discovery of this information built the foundation for what God would later reveal from the Bible as the date for the end.
Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 is the culmination of five decades of intensive biblical study by Mr. Camping and other bible teachers who have discovered the same biblical data."
"What will take place on May 21?
On May 21, 2011 two events will occur. These events could not be more opposite in nature, the one more wonderful than can be imagined; the other more horrific than can be imagined.
A great earthquake will occur the Bible describes it as "such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great." This earthquake will be so powerful it will throw open all graves. The remains of the all the believers who have ever lived will be instantly transformed into glorified spiritual bodies to be forever with God.
On the other hand the bodies of all unsaved people will be thrown out upon the ground to be shamed.
The inhabitants who survive this terrible earthquake will exist in a world of horror and chaos beyond description. Each day people will die until October 21, 2011 when God will completely destroy this earth and its surviving inhabitants."
Unfortunately, he bases all his calculations on a predisposed date for Creation. If his premise is wrong, his conclusion must also be wrong.
Also, his interpretation of Revelation is faulty. He places the May 21 event as taking place as a fulfillment of Revelation 16:17-21 under the 7th Vial Judgement, "17And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.18And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.19And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.20And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.21And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great."
Now, many of you may be familiar with the outline of Revelation. There are Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets, and Seven Vials. Under the 7th Seal, the Seven Trumpets sound. Under the 7th Trumpet, Seven Vials are poured out.
The Rapture, as described in IThessalonians 4:16,17 is better a fulfillment of Matthew 24:29-31 "29Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
That is described in Revelation 6:12-17 "12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;13And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" That is under the 6th Seal.
Therefore, the Rapture occurs sometime between the opening of the Sixth Seal in Revelation Six and the opening of the Sevent Seal in Revelation Eight. Revelation Seven gives us a picture of the Saints who are in glorified resurrected/raptured bodies in heaven while the trumpets sound and the vials are poured out.
Now, none of the events of Revelation 6:12-17 through Revelation 16:1-16 have occurred!
What if his premise of the date of Creation is correct, and what if his calculations are correct? His conclusion is still faulty because of his faulty interpretation.
Bottomline: Just be ready for whatever does occur! If Saturday proves to just a regular day, and we have no evidence to prove it won't be, then Harold Camping has lost all credibility!
For more information on Harold Camping and his beliefs, including his methods of interpretation, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Camp...
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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.
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