This one is not Camping's fault.|
The fault lies with those who skim prophetic material and then speak as though they were authorities.
Understanding biblical prophecy properly takes a LOT of serious time and research. Camping (even though he is wrong) has done his research. Those who criticize serious Bible students (as I was criticized in my blog yesterday for 'looking too deeply' into the Bible) have no room to be critical, especially if they are going to misrepresent what the Bible student taught/teaches.
In the following piece by Garance Burke of Associated Press she writes about topics she does not understand and claims to speak authoritatively about Camping's false prophecy. She is wrong on her facts however and so her entire coverage is as suspect as the prophecy she is discussing.
This type of coverage only exacerbates the problems and leads to ever more people rejecting accurate biblical doctrine and prophecy... But then... maybe that's point.
Harold Camping has NOT set any new dates. He said all along that the world will be destroyed on October 21st of this year. in THIS MUCH Camping has been consistent over the past few years.
I shared information about Camping's explanation yesterday in my blogs. In a nutshell yesterday on his Open Forum show beginning at 5:30 PM (pacific) May 23 Camping said the following. This is consistent with what he's been teachings (other than claiming the multiple earthquakes and raptures were "spiritual" rather than material and adding that a single global earthquake and rapture will occur on the earth's 'final day of Judgement."
He is maintaining his essential prophetic doctrine and timeline:
May 21 1988 God judged both "the church" and on the world. The "Church age" ended on that date. Satan was installed as head of Church by God. Since then Satan rules all denominations and all church bodies. There is NO possibility of "salvation" within "the Church" now. It is God's enemy, led by Satan. Camping and Family Radio exist "outside of the Church."
No one was "saved" spiritually between May 21, 1988 and September 7, 1994.
September 7, 1994 Judgement continues on "the Church." Salvation again becomes possible for those "outside the Church" (like his followers).
As of this date more judgement came on the Church but God allowed people to be saved outside the churches (but not within the churches). Christ came invisibly/spiritually to the earth. The churches embraced worldly music etc. and became nothing more than Satanic assemblies. This includes ALL congregations (other than those that follow Camping's teachings: a few home groups apparently).
May 21, 2011: Jesus returned spiritually. Judgement continues and now: "God again brought judgement on the world." Now Judgement Day has arrived and God's wrath is poured out on the whole world and will continue unabated until October 21, 2011 (five months). No one can be saved after this date so if you are not already "saved" you are damned no matter what you do (but send in your money and pray anyway, just in case might make an exception for you).
October 21, 2011 The World will be utterly destroyed by fire. "It wont be spiritual on October 21 because the Bible is clear that the world will be destroyed on that day."
Family Radio will do no more advertizing, billboards, tracts etc... They will continue their broadcasting for those who are saved. The message has gone out. The saved are all saved. No we just wait for the End of the world.
When the world is destroyed on October 21 it will be quick.
Now, check out what this "reporter" wrote:
Preacher says world will actually end in October
By GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press – Tue May 24, 3:56 am ET
OAKLAND, Calif. – A California preacher who foretold of the world's end only to see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.
[He did not say this.
He said Judgement Day did indeed begin]
Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening for not having the dates "worked out as accurately as I could have."
[He did not say this.
He apologized for not having the details worked out as accurately as I could have." He stated several times that all of the dates are accurate.]
He spoke to the media at the Oakland headquarters of his Family Radio International, which spent millions of dollars_ some of it from donations made by followers — on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the Judgment Day message.
It was not the first time Camping was forced to explain when his prediction didn't come to pass. The 89-year-old retired civil engineer also prophesied the Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said later that didn't happen then because of a mathematical error.
Through chatting with a friend over what he acknowledged was a very difficult weekend, it dawned on him that instead of the biblical Rapture in which the faithful would be swept up to the heavens, May 21 had instead been a "spiritual" Judgment Day, which places the entire world under Christ's judgment, he said.
[Again, this is not quite what he said.
Judgement began in 1988 on "the Church" and "the world."
"The world" received a reprieve in 1994 and on May 21 judgement was re-instituted against the world.
An odd idea but her details are off again.]
The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the apocalypse comes. But because God's judgment and salvation were completed on Saturday, there's no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network will now just play Christian music and programs until the final end on Oct. 21.
"We've always said May 21 was the day, but we didn't understand altogether the spiritual meaning," he said. "The fact is there is only one kind of people who will ascend into heaven ... if God has saved them they're going to be caught up."
Josh Ocasion, who works the teleprompter during Camping's live broadcasts in the group's threadbare studio sandwiched between an auto shop and a palm reader's business, said he enjoyed the production work but never fully believed the May 21 prophecy would come true.
"I thought he would show some more human decency in admitting he made a mistake," he said Monday. "We didn't really see that."
[I agree completely with this. This disappointed me.
It destroyed whatever credibility Camping might have had left.]
Follower Jeff Hopkins said he spent a good deal of his own retirement savings on gas money to power his car so people would see its ominous lighted sign showcasing Camping's May 21 warning. As the appointed day drew nearer, Hopkins started making the 100-mile round trip from Long Island to New York City twice a day, spending at least $15 on gas each trip.
"I've been mocked and scoffed and cursed at and I've been through a lot with this lighted sign on top of my car," said Hopkins, 52, a former television producer who lives in Great River, NY. "I was doing what I've been instructed to do through the Bible, but now I've been stymied. It's like getting slapped in the face."
[This is a real problem about this whole business.
Sincere people feel betrayed by God when He is not to blame for Camping's failure.]
Camping's hands shook slightly as he pinned his microphone to his lapel, and as he clutched a worn Bible he spoke in a quivery monotone about some listeners' earthly concerns after giving away possessions in expectation of the Rapture.
Family Radio would never tell anyone what they should do with their belongings, and those who had fewer would cope, Camping said.
"We're not in the business of financial advice," he said. "We're in the business of telling people there's someone who you can maybe talk to, maybe pray to, and that's God."
But he also said that he wouldn't give away all his possessions ahead of Oct 21.
"I still have to live in a house, I still have to drive a car," he said. "What would be the value of that? If it is Judgment Day why would I give it away?"
Apocalyptic thinking has always been part of American religious life and popular culture. Teachings about the end of the world vary dramatically — even within faith traditions — about how they will occur.
Still, the overwhelming majority of Christians reject the idea that the exact date or time of Jesus' return can be predicted.
Tim LaHaye, co-author of the best-selling "Left Behind" novels about the end times, recently called Camping's prediction "not only bizarre but 100 percent wrong!" He cited the Bible verse Matthew 24:36, "but about that day or hour no one knows" except God.
[False teacher LaHaye also teaches that the antichrist will be a Transylvanian Dracula type Gentile. His teachings are largely unbiblical as well. This is like the proverbial "pot calling the kettle..."' well you get the idea...]
Camping offered no clues about Family Radio's finances Monday, saying he could not estimate how much had been spent advertising his prediction nor how much money the nonprofit had taken in as a result. In 2009, the nonprofit reported in IRS filings that it received $18.3 million in donations, and had assets of more than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks or other publicly traded securities.
[Irrelevant. Family Radio is a mega broadcaster. that costs big bucks.
All in all, this is just a hit piece in the name of journalism by a writer ignorant of her topic.]
Associated Press writer Tom Breen in Raleigh, N.C., and Videographer Ted Shaffrey and AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll in New York, contributed to this report.