Harold Camping (88) thinks the rapture will happen May 21, 2011. Koo-Koo!
“Camping, 88, has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade, crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he’d found: The world will end May 21, 2011.” (SFGate.com) – see article “Bibilcal scholar’s date for rapture”
Well, thats like 15 days away from today…so we will get to test his prediction. What if he is wrong? Will Christianity have to start admiting that the rapture may in fact be a doctrine that is read into the bible and not read out of it?
Camping wouldn’t be the first to fail at his predictive skills, in fact early Christianity was pretty confident the world would end in their time frame…and the gospels have Jesus saying something rather peculiar to one of the disciples:
“Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom” (Matt 16:28)
Really? Didn’t they all actually die though? Did Jesus’ kingdom come to earth? Just an observation.
So for Harold to make the claims he is making is not really ‘new’…it seems even the gospel writers have Jesus making similar claims about his kingdom and it’s return. Top that off, there is not actual real scripture on the rapture – seems to be an inventive idea from about the 18th century.
We’ll see, maybe I am wrong but we will have May 21, 2011 to make even further headway into how bunk these claims might be.