Harold Camping Is Barking Mad

“Last weekend became a very interesting weekend because May 21 came and has gone and all the dire predictions that have been talked about did not come to pass.

I can tell you when May 21 came and went it was a very difficult time for me – a very difficult time. I was truly wondering what is going on. In my mind I went back through all of the promises God had made. What in the world was happening? I really was praying and praying: “Lord, what happened” because all through this I’d been astounded how God opened door after door …

We at Family Radio never tell anyone what to do with their possessions, that’s totally between them and God. People call me sometimes and say ‘what should I do?’ I say, ‘Please, pray about it. I’m not going to give you any advice.

We’re not going to be passing any more tracts or put up any more billboards or advertising in any way about judgment day – that’s all done. The world has been warned – we did our little share and boy, did the media pick it up. Now the world has been told that it’s under judgment.

The great earthquake and rapture and the universe melting in fervent heat will be happening on the last day – October 21 2011… It’s all going to happen on the last day…The great earthquake didn’t happen on May 21 because no-one will be able to survive it for more than a few days or let alone five months to suffer God’s wrath because everything will be levelled and destroyed after that earthquake and there will be no food or water to keep everyone alive.

When you study the Bible, you’re always learning… We had all of our dates correct, we had all of the proofs correct. … Every proof, every sign is all correct. The only thing is, God had not opened our eyes yet to the fact that May 21 was a spiritual coming where as we thought it was a physical coming. But he has come.” Harold Camping, (May 23, 2011).

Well, although Harold Camping admitted that he isn’t a “genius” and that he was wrong about the way in which Christ would return, he still believes his dates are correct. Beforehand he had said that Christ would return May 21, 2011 and the rest of humanity would endure a horrific 5 months of God’s judgment on earth – ending on October 21, 2011. Now according to Camping, Christ did return on May 21, 2011… invisibly. He said that they needed to spiritualize it more. Allegorizing the allegories?

In [Harold Camping Week: Day 7 / May Day], we saw how Nelson Barbour reacted to his failed prediction:

“His [Barbour] interest in bible prophecy was later rekindled, and he began to preach that Christ would return in 1873. This was actually a development of a view that had been around for about 50 years. In 1871 he published a book entitled, Evidences for the Coming of the Lord in 1873, or The Midnight Cry. Now the Barbourite movement had started. As hopefuls gathered, they quickly became disappointed. Barbour then pointed to the following year and disappointed his followers again. So what did he do? He began to teach that Christ actually did return invisibly, and would later become visible.

Interesting, huh?

This may also remind you of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. After a failed prediction of 1878, Charles Taze Russell said that Jesus actually returned in 1874 and began to reign invisibly 3 and a half years later [1878] until 1914. This date would mark the end of the Gentile age. At this point “Jesus-the heavenly warrior Michael-became King of God’s heavenly Kingdom.” He claimed Jesus would manifest Himself and reign on earth. It was said that this was “correct beyond the possibility of a doubt” and “based squarely on inspired prophecy.” And then Jesus DIDN’T return. So what did Russell do? He continued with prophecies, saying that World War 1 was the beginning of Armageddon. Russell died in 1916. After his death, a man by the name of Joseph Rutherford succeeded him and said that the beginning of Christ’s invisible reign was actually 1914. He also claimed that in 1925 Abraham and Isaac would come back from the dead, marking a 1000 year reign of Christ on the earth. He also said that only 144,000 people would be saved. As you may have guessed, 1925 came and went. Then further down the line, 1975 was predicted to be the beginning of this millennial reign. And, of course, this didn’t happen. What a train wreck.

Harold Camping isn’t any different. His train wreck started years ago, and the cars are still piling up. His followers should abandon this wolf once and for all, and repent of their sins. History has only shown that if this doesn’t fizz out, it will only get worse. Unfortunately, I have heard some still think that he is biblically sound. I suppose the fog that began to lift itself from the minds of many of his followers descended again once he made those statements. Many might still cling for dear life because the news of the coming wrath was/is their gospel. And it had become clear that asking them to deny May 21 was like asking them to deny the existence of God. Some may just not want to think they’ve actually been deceived for YEARS.

Mr. Camping, you are a LIAR. You have taken God’s word and twisted it to mean what was never intended. You have created a labyrinth for you and your followers to prance around in, and have only created another labyrinth to place within the one that already stands. If the Lord should tarry until October 22, I pray that He should destroy your imagination and replace it with truth. In 1988, you were thrown out of the CRC for a reason, and rightly so – because the pages of your Bible have wolf paw prints all over it. You should have repented before them then, so you would not have heaped such a weighty condemnation upon yourself. It is probable that your delusions are a result of an irreversible judgment God has laid upon you. But since I do not have the mind of God, I will continue to tell you to repent of your sin and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is worthy to save you from how greatly you have scorned Him.