I’m sure you have either heard about or passed a billboard that proclaims “Judgment Day May 21” and states that “The Bible Guarantees It.” We have at least 3 just in my county alone. The group who has paid for these advertisements have spent over $3 million to get their message across the world.
Who are these people and does their claim hold any truth? Short answers are crazy and no…
Harold Camping is the false teacher behind this group known as Family Radio Worldwide. Camping had previously set the date at Sept. 6 1994, but now says “more complete information has come forward.” I won’t get into his theological calculation or miscalculation as it is in this article. Let’s go to the source:
36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
This is out of the same King James Version that Camping claims to be using. Camping uses phrases like Judgement Day and Rapture. These are not foreign concepts to Christians, at least I thought until I read an article put out by the Associated Press earlier this week. It stated that the rapture was a fairly new notion that most Christians didn’t believe in.
Let’s sum up what Family Radio Worldwide is saying. Judgment Day and the Rapture is on May 21. Don’t label me as crazy yet, hear me out. That statement is correct aside from the date. Judgment Day and the rapture are in the Bible. Don’t believe me, read it.
36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
48He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Every man and woman will face a day of judgement when we pass away from this life. What will we be judged on? Christ says that we will be judged by what we say and what He says in His Word. Now if Jesus is going to be the judge and His words are going to be the standard or rule by which we are judged it becomes very important that we learn what His words are.
So, when is this judgement day or the rapture taking place? No one knows, not even Christ. If Christ doesn’t know do you think Harold Camping does? Do you think he is closer to God than Christ?
What is the rapture? That word isn’t even used in the Bible? No, the word rapture is not in the Bible. The word “rapture” in Scripture is taken from the Latin “rapio” for the two words “caught up” used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
This is not a foreign concept that Camping thought of on his own. Christ is coming again for those who have accepted Him as their Lord and Saviour. I hope I have given a quick summary and not confused too much.