COMMENTARY | In response to an article by the Huffington Post about religious leader Harold Camping and his presumptuous assertion that the world is ending May 21, 2011, I ask Mr. Camping: Do you know something that Jesus Christ does not? Since Camping claims to use the Bible in his prophecy calculations, we’ll fight fire with fire. Here are three, steeped-in-the-Bible truths that debunk Camping’s contention that the world will end Saturday.
“No One Knows the Hour”
Camping, the leader of “Family Radio,” claims that he has been able to interpret biblical passages to ascertain the date of the end of the world. Maybe Camping accidentally overlooked the Bible verse Matthew 24:36, which says: “But of that day and hour [the end of the world] no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”
Camping and his followers are claiming to hold knowledge that only God has? So, Camping is actually saying he has divine knowledge that even Jesus doesn’t have? Someone needs to hand Camping a dictionary with a neon post-it tab pointing to the word “blasphemy.”
“Beware of False Prophets”
In Matthew 7:15 in the Bible, it says “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Camping, by claiming to herald the end of the world, a date known to God alone, is functioning as a prophet, which is wrong because Jesus was the last prophet.
As Christian website jesus-is-savior.com points out, in his book The End of the Church Age..And After, Camping even claims that the verse in Revelation 12:3-4, “When the dragon drew the third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth,” refers to the third part of “believers.” Nearly every Bible scholar, regardless of sect, has a consensus that “the third part of the stars” was the third of the angels the Bible says fell from Heaven with Lucifer.
So now Christian believers are demons? My bet is with Jesus — beware of false prophets.
“The Day of the Lord Will Come like a Thief in the Night”
Even Allison Warden, an ardent follower of Camping, quotes this Bible verse on her website, We Can Know, but then goes on to say, “Study the proofs that God has so graciously given in His word showing us that these dates are 100% accurate and beyond dispute.” This assertion is in direct opposition of God’s words and the Bible and, I’d like to add, a little arrogant (to say the least). I know Christians are supposed to turn the other cheek, but it’s hard when you are facing some obscure person who is shouting from the rooftops that she holds the key to the universe.
Since Camping’s claim that the end of the world will come May 21 can be proven wrong by the Bible, and since Camping’s past predictions were proven wrong, time will, on Sunday, May 22, put Camping neatly into the history file with other past prophecy leaders whose predictions came and went. Camping isn’t entirely useless, however. He is a reminder that we should concern ourselves with the status of our souls — not the length of our days.