Christ’s Return – Stop Setting Dates
If the prophet speaks in the LORD’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the LORD did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without My authority and need not be feared.
Unless you’ve been on a deserted island without radio, television, or internet, odds are you’ve heard something about an individual named Harold Camping. To cut straight to the point without any fluff – Camping is a false prophet. This fact is plain to see, and his heresy has been widely exposed not once – but twice! And yet somehow he manages to continue to fool people.
He isn’t the only person making such boastful claims, stating that he is somehow special enough that God would deliver to him a date that no man is meant to know – however he has gotten a lot of attention, and so is the one I’ll address. He rebuffs any mention of Matthew 24:36, and Mark 13:32, which both clearly state the same crucial piece of truth.
“But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
To paraphrase, men don’t know. Angels don’t know. Only God knows. So, simply, Camping shows exceeding arrogance by thinking that he is above scripture.
Unfortunately, setting dates for the rapture isn’t the only flaw in Camping’s personal doctrine. I won’t discuss those here because that’s drifting from my main point, which is that we, as humans under a sovereign God, have absolutely no right to try to elevate ourselves so much that we think we can do what scripture tells us we cannot. The words of scripture that state so clearly that no man knows, not even angels – that came from Christ. If you are a Christian then Christ is your God. And if Christ is your God you’d better be believing His words! His own words say it! And if your God said it, the same God who made the earth and everything in it, the same God who is faultless, who is all powerful, and all knowing – who are you to claim that you know something He Himself said you don’t?
It is an act of disobedience to Christ to make such declarations. The same as any sin – and yes, I believe it is sin to lead people astray. This assertion by Camping has led many astray, and tarnished the image of Christianity as a whole. If it were not sin, it would not cause so much damage! Camping’s version of ‘truth’ is nothing but a Satan inspired blend of a little bit of wheat with a whole lot of chaff.
As we all know, May 21, 2011 was not Judgement Day, as Camping so boldly proclaimed. His statements lured many lost lambs who didn’t have the discernment to see that his word was false, and that’s one of the bigger tragedies of the situation. Another being the fact that the world watched him make his prediction, watched it fail, and many consider it proof that Christianity is a joke. Christianity is not a joke, Harold Camping’s predictions however – were. And not a funny one.
Oh beloved…it doesn’t take much spiritual discernment to see that this man was, is, and most likely will continue to be nothing more than a false prophet. Camping has already stated a new date for ‘Judgement Day’ as being October 21st, 2011. So soon after his newest error was shown to the world. A wiser man would have been shamed into repentance and not repeated the same error yet again, so boldly. This lost soul needs much prayer. The man is so convinced that he is right that it’s sad to watch. Once again – no man knoweth the day and the hour.
Why? At least one reason: a push to keep yourself in a perpetual state of readiness for Christ’s return. We know He’s coming back. We know His return is near. The signs are all around us, increasingly, undeniably. From the weather, to conflicts between groups and nations, earthquakes, economic catastrophe, and so much more, it is evident that our world is heading towards its breaking point. Even the ungodly use such words as ‘God’s wrath’ and ‘apocalypse’ to describe the disasters currently befalling our world. Even Camping himself, as a false prophet, is proof that yes, Christ’s return is near. But don’t believe the dates this man sets.
Be ready at all times. Christ’s return may be today, or tomorrow, or next year…or a handful of years in the future. The point is, we just don’t know. We’re not meant to. Whatever amount of time we have left, it would be far better to spend it praising God and allowing Him to move in our hearts and in our lives than to dwell on a calendar date with fear. Days come and days go. God doesn’t work on our time, He works on His own. He knows when He will return. Our job is not to know. Our job is to be ready.