May 21, 2011 has come and gone. Harold Camping and his followers believed that the rapture was going to take place at 6pm . The rapture is when Jesus will come back to earth to take all believers to heaven. This is spoken of in the Bible, but the problem is that no man can set dates of when Christ will return.
Matthew 24:36 tells us that no man knows the day or the hour, but only God the Father. So, if Jesus does not even know, how could man even begin to try and figure it out. The sad thing here is that some decided to follow this man’s teachings, instead of the Bible’s true teachings. This group was so sure that the rapture was going to take place on this day. Some sold their homes, quit their jobs, spent their life savings on ads, and sold all their belongings. These acts seem foolish to many and they are. The thing that really amazes me, is that Harold Camping has been wrong before and people continue to give money to his ministry.
Harold Camping is a false prophet. A false teacher is one who either adds or takes away from the Bible and God warns His people about not following after them. The first mistake that he has made is to set a date of Christ’s return. This man is very confused because he says that there will be a five month tribulation period called the judgment. The Bible clearly states that it will be for seven years. Camping also believes that the church age has ended, therefore people should not be going to church anymore. This group sounds like a cult.
There is only one good thing that I can think of that has come out of all of this. This has gotten worldwide attention. So, when the real rapture does take place and millions are missing, people will really know what has happened. In the mean time, we have to be careful who we listen to. Not all preachers preach the truth. The best source of truth is the Bible. If you are not rooted in God’s Word, you will fall prey to these false teachers that come along, and in the end lose your soul.
The Bible says in Matthew chapter 24, that in the last days before Jesus returns, there will be many false prophets arising. We are very close to the coming of Christ. Everything in Matthew chapter 24 is now being fulfilled including the prophecy of false teachers. Jesus could even come tonight. Are you ready? You do not want to be left behind. It is going to be a terrible time on earth once all believers are gone. Now is the time to get right with God before it is too late. Once you die, it is too late and once the rapture takes place, you will have to go through the seven year Tribulation period which is God’s wrath. You can be saved during this time, but it will be very difficult. Make your decision today to follow Christ. Ask Him into your life, and ask for forgiveness. Time is running out!