Monday, May 23, 2011
For those who don't know, the Rapture was predicted to come at 6:00pm May 21st, 2011.
It's May 23rd, 2011 today.
Harold Camping predicted the rapture... for the second time. Apparently, the first time he miscalculated. But, get this:
"The head of Family Radio broadcasting network, which boasts 150 outlets in the United States, has what his website calls "infallible, absolute proof" that there's no point in making plans for Memorial Day weekend. It goes like this:
Camping says that because Jesus was crucified on Friday, April 1, 33 AD, and that it takes exactly 365.2422 days for the earth to complete one orbit of the sun, we can conclude that, on April 1, 2011, Jesus was crucified exactly 722,449.07 days ago. Add 51 days to this to get to May 1, and you get a figure of 722,500.07.
Round that down to the nearest integer, and you get 722,500, which is an important number because it is the square of 5 x 17 x 10 . The number five, says Camping, represents atonement. Ten represents completeness, and 17 represents heaven. Multiply all these together – twice – and you get 722,500. Therefore the apocalypse kicks off on Saturday, May 21."
-Christian Science Monitor 2011 (http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/0518/Judgment-Day-May-21-When-will-the-world-actually-end)
Now, I don't know about you, but even after reading that it still doesn't make very much sense. Also, add all the verses from the Bible, such as Matthew 24:36"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone."
So why make predictions? The answer to this is, I really don't know.
Only God knows when the time is going to come, and the Bible talks plenty about the end for us to know that it's not going to be pretty.
Now, I'm not saying all of this to scoff at Harold Camping, but rather as a warning not to predict the end, because no one but God knows. But if the world were going to end today, would you be ready?
Matthew 25:1"Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their amps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2"Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3"For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. 5"Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6"But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7"Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8"The foolish said to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9"But the prudent answered, 'No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' 10"And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11"Later the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, lord, open up for us.' 12"But he answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.' 13"Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”