Saturday, 7 May 2011

Camping it up on the 21st

In two weeks time it'll be all over, according to Family Radio's Harold Camping.

Two weeks. I won't need to send my sister a birthday card for the 26th.

"Seven billion people are facing their death!" I guess that's what they call 'the good news."
Camping groupie with billboard
May 21 believers say the Bible contains clues that brook no argument. God tells Noah the world will end in seven days; the Bible also equates a day to 1,000 years. They set the date of the flood at 4990 B.C. So, adding 7,000 years and considering the missing year “0” produces the year 2011. Translating a biblical reference to a month and day, from the Hebrew calendar to the Gregorian, results in May 21... The gathering up of saved souls will begin, followed by five months of chaos and tribulation that will serve as a spiritual going-out-of-business sale, Camping teaches. It will culminate with the end of the world on Oct. 21.
Well, there you have it. As the billboard says, "The Bible Guarantees It."  Who could fight logic like that?


  1. I don't recall "God telling Noah the world will end in seven days."

  2. Well, Larry, when Noah built the ark, God told him:
    Gen 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

    Now you know.

  3. yes Corky, I got that. Not quite the same thing that this outfit is suggesting though.

  4. When Jesus said "this generation" and referred to "as in the days of Noah" he was referring to Noah's generation. One generation from when God told Noah to build the ark until the flood came.

    That's what was supposed to happen in Jesus' generation - and did if you count the destruction of the temple in 70 AD as the fulfillment of that prophecy.

  5. I agree with you, Corky, re: that prophecy of Christ being fulfilled by the destruction of the Second Temple in 70AD.

    I also believe what the Church taught about prophecy, that all prophecy in the Bible (written by all of the prophets) is dual prophecy, meant for "the end times". Whenever those are/will be. Which isn't ours (or anyone's) worry about the exact timing of, anyway, IMO.

  6. Well Corky, Jesus also said,

    "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matt 24:14

    Therefore, He could NOT have been referring to the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD. That task was nowhere near being accomplished in the first century.

  7. Larry,
    The gospel of the kingdom was preached in all the world according to Paul. Which was before his death and before the destruction of the temple.

    Col 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

    It was the end of the aion (age) not the end of the cosmos (world) that Jesus spoke of. The Mosaic age ended with the destruction of the temple in 70 AD.

    That's the reason there are no longer any prophets or apostles. Their work as witnesses ended at that time.

    See Rom.9:28

  8. Larry,

    That gospel was preached "in al the world" before the fall of the Second Temple; "all the world" just meant something very different, to the authors of the Gospels, than it means today. If you take "all the world" to mean all the known world at the time that the authors were referring to, then indeed, the prophecy was correct.

    It is still a dual prophecy, however. The Gospel OF Christ (not the Gospel ABOUT Christ) must be preached, to all the world, before the end will come. The Church never got the opportunity to fulfill that prophecy, before the changes, IMO. That does not mean it will not have that opportunity in future, however.

  9. Well, Paul wrote that and may have even believed it. But, in no way was that accomplished in the first century.

    They did not even know the extent of the "whole world", and "nations" as described by JC in Matt 14 didn't even actually exist in the 1st century.

  10. Larry,

    That's essentially what I said. Are you disagreeing with me, or with Corky? Or are you disagreeing that it's a dual prophecy?

    I agree with Corky, but I also agree with you, that the prophecy has yet to be fulfilled as well. Because all prophecies in the Bible are dual. So, it was a prophecy for the 1st century, as Corky says, but it also will be a prophecy for the end of the age of man. Because Paul was inspired to write the words "the world" instead of "the immediate geographic area surrounding me," rendering it a dual prophecy, of use to us today.