Harold Camping who has studied the Bible for more than 50 years, believes that on 21 May 2011, at around 6pm, a massive earthquake will hit New Zealand and from there continue quaking around the world during the next 24 hours till May 21 is reached on both time zones. He's going to watch this unfold on TV. At the end of this 24 hour period Harold Camping says believers will go to heaven and the rest will be left on earth to face final judgements before the earth is destroyed.
There will be no chance of salvation during this time.
Harold Camping views phenomena such as the major earthquakes in Haiti, Christchurch and Japan, along with killer tornadoes in America and social decay seen in the likes of the gay pride movement, as "grim reminders" that the end is near.
Is May 21 the end of the world? Most Christian leaders, and Christians themselves don't believe it is. However, Harold Camping has no doubts that 21 May 2011 is the end. Neither do many of his followers have doubts for they have done things like resigned from their jobs and invested all their life savings into advertising the Day of Judgement.
So please read this page carefully to find out what is going on
Harold Camping (89) believes that May 21 2011 will be the first day of a five month period of God's judgement on earth, ending on October 21, 2011. Camping is quoted as saying, "Beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment".
On May 21, says Harold Camping, all true believers will be raptured from this earth to be with God and that there will be no one saved from their sins after this day.
Harold Camping has a different point of view to the one found in the inspired Word of God. The Bible DOES speak of a time when Christ will return for believers but NO date is given. Rather, believers are reminded that the day will happen and told to be encouraged as they look to this day. Here is the Bible passage taken from the first letter to the Thessalonians (Christians living in Thessalonica in the 1st Century AD) chapter 4 and verses 13 to 18...
"(13) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (15) For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. (16) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
If you are not a believer, there is NO comfort in these words regardless of when the world comes to an end. You are still under condemnation. To find out where you would go when you die (and death will come to all) CLICK HERE.
Harold Camping also says that on October 21 2011, the earth will be annihilated, never to exist again. The Bible does say, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up" (1 Peter 3:10). However, there is no date given with this prophecy and the focus of it is that this day will come like a thief in the night - ie. unexpected, when no one is ready. Harold Campings teaching is again in opposition to what the Bible clearly teaches.
Question: Does the Bible say we can know the day and hour of end time events?
Harold says YES, "May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the Day of Judgement."
Jesus says, NO, "But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man..." (Mark 13:3a).
Answer: Since Jesus is the divine author of the Holy Scriptures, the answer is, NO!
If you pick Harold, you have say that Jesus was wrong!!! You also have to say that Harold Camping is greater than Jesus!!! Why? Because Jesus also said, "But of that day and [that] hour knoweth NO MAN, no, NOT THE ANGELS which are in heaven, NEITHER THE SON [ie. Jesus], but the Father." (Mark 13:3b) [emphasis ours] No MAN like Camping knows the day but GOD the Father does. So, the only way for Harold Camping to be right is if he is God the Father!!!
Can you begin to see that there is a very good reason why Jesus said, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power." (Acts 1:7)
In 1994 on September 6, many of Harold Camping's followers got together inside the Alameda Veterans Memorial Building to wait for the return of Christ. Followers dressed their children in their Sunday best and Bibles were held open-faced toward heaven. Nothing happened. Harold Camping said he may have made a mathematical error.
He then moved the date forward to December 25, 1994. Then it was April 3, 1996. We are still here. Harold Camping can be thankful that he did not live in the Old Testament times before Christ otherwise he would have been stoned for being a false prophet.
Harold Camping would NOT have got a second chance at telling more lies. He would be a dead example of what happens to false prophets.
Harold Camping has come out of the Jehovah's Witness cult whose history shows them saying that Jesus would return in 1874, then (when that didn't happen) 1914, then 1925, then 1941, then 1975.
Please, don't go camping with Harold Camping. May 21 2011 will not be the end of the world. Be careful to weigh what Harold Camping says against what the Bible says. May 21 2011 will be a day you can look forward to because it will bring the deception Harold Camping into the light for all to see. Harold Camping may preach some very solid truths from the Bible as one professing to be a Christian, but he does not appear to be in touch with what the Bible says about (1) the return of Christ for believers and (2) the second coming of Christ which will bring in the final judgement.
For info on 2012 Bible prophecy, check out our 2012 Bible Prophecy page. Bible prophecy does give us signs of end times but also tells us clearly that no one will know the day or hour of Christ's return and the end of the world (Matthew 24:36).
Jesus disciples actually asked him "what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" (Matthew 24:3).
Interesting that Jesus began his answer with "Take heed that no man deceive you...".
CLICK HERE to find out his full answer.
Here's an insight from Richard Palmquist, co-founder of the “Family Radio” network with Harold Camping in 1958.
Harold Camping promotes his views through this network to millions of people world wide. Palquist says that Harold Camping (a qualified Civil Engineer) calls the Bible and “Engineering Handbook” and that Camping interprets the Bible through Maths and numbers. The error with that he says is that the Bible is a message communicated primarily in words. Palquist says, “I believe the controversial message of Family Radio today is an example of faulty Bible interpretation using numbers rather than the meanings of words.” (from TruthRadio.com\Camping.pdf)
Harold Camping says that he has based his calculations on what the Bible says. He takes Genesis 7:4 ("Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth") and 2 Peter 3:8 (“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”), and he calculates that Doomsday – May 21, 2011 – will take place 7000 years after the Great Flood (4990 B.C.).
4990 + 2011 – 1 = 7000 (the “1” is subtracted becasue there is no year 0 between 1 B.C. and 1 A.D.).
Camping also uses an allegorical method of interpretation. He overlooks the original meaning of the Bible passage in the context in which it is written and sees all kinds of images there which cannot be supported by Scripture itself. They are simply his own imaginings. For example... in the book he wrote called, "The End Of The Church Age... And After." Camping wrote:
"When Jesus entered Jerusalem just before He was crucified, He sat on a pair of donkeys. Spiritually, it can be shown that 79 these donkeys represent unsaved people he came to save" (p. 298).
When when the disciples asked Jesus about the time he would return, Jesus did not reply using mathematical calculations. Rather, after a warning "Take heed that no one deceives you..." (Matthew 24:4) Jesus gave some very specific events that must take place before his return. Many of these have not yet happened. Check this out...
(29) "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (30) Then ["then" ie. AFTER the tribulation, AFTER the sun is darkened, AFTER the moon fails to give it's light, AFTER the stars fall from heaven, AFTER the powers of the heavens are shaken] the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then [ie. AFTER all these things] all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (31) And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 29-31)
Jesus said he would return until AFTER a significant Tribulation period and AFTER many other very signifiicant signs (like the moon not giving it's light), and with the sound of trumpet. Harold Camping says the tribulation period began in 1988 and Jesus is returning on May 21, 2011. In other words, BEFORE these things happen. Unless of course the sun, moon, stars and powers of heaven have a melt-down in the next three weeks (today being April 30, 2011).
The other thing to note is that many biblical scholars understand the tribulation period to be 7 years (some defining a Great Tribulation period as being 3 1/2 years, the second half of the seven). 1988 plus seven does not equal 2011!