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Rapture: the end was not nigh, after all
Daily Telegraph ^ | May 21st 2011 | Laura Donnelly, Bonnie Malkin and David Barrett

Posted on 05/22/2011 4:19:46 AM PDT by Cardhu

Given that the end of the world was supposed to be nigh, it perhaps wasn’t surprising that Christian doomsday prophet Harold Camping had shown some reluctance to take advance bookings.

The 89-year-old Californian preacher and radio host had prophesied that the Rapture would begin at 6pm May 21st in each of the world’s time zones, with non-believers wiped out by rolling earthquakers, as the saved ascended into heaven.

His refusal to schedule a media interview for the following day - “It is absolutely going to happen. There is no way that I can schedule an interview because I won’t be here.” - was being replayed by media as the world firmly stayed standing.

On the microsite Twitter, groups of atheists and sceptics were last night swapping tales of After Rapture parties, with one group, in Tacoma, Washington, branding their celebration “Countdown to Back-Pedalling”.

Mr Camping’s doomsday prediction wasn’t his first. He blamed an earlier apocalyptic prediction which passed quietly in 1994 on a mathematical error, last month saying: “I’m not embarrassed about it. It was just the fact that it was premature.”

This time would be different, with “no possibility” it would not happen. While across the United States, some devotees reportedly sold all their possessions and took to the streets to warn of the second coming of Jesus, in Britain, sceptical voices were louder.

After 6pm passed without incident in New Zealand and Australia, Stephen Fry tweeted: “Marvellous news! Rapture doesnt mean end of world; apparently all the planet’s imbeciles disappear in one go.”

Amid the sound of ruffled feathers he later added: “Calm down. Never said all Christians are imbeciles. Just those who think they’ll be raised up today. They do the faith a grave disservice.”

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TOPICS: General Discusssion; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: haroldcamping; rapture
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To: Gena Bukin

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21 posted on 05/22/2011 10:04:51 AM PDT by Cardhu
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To: RatRipper

****I also cringe when non-believers ridicule one who has made the prediction because they are also mocking God.****

Don’t fret. 2012 is just around the corner!

22 posted on 05/22/2011 12:39:24 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare!)
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To: Cardhu
I am currently reading this book. A much different story than Camping's

BTW, this book was written in 1881; you wouldn't believe how accurate it is!

The End of the Present World
Reading this book was one of the greatest graces of my life!"
— St. Thérèse of Lisieux

In the late nineteenth century, Father Charles Arminjon, a priest from the mountains of southeastern France, assembled his flock in the town cathedral to preach a series of conferences to help them turn their thoughts away from this life’s mean material affairs—and toward the next life’s glorious spiritual reward. His wise and uncompromising words deepened in them the spirit of recollection that all Christians must have: the abiding conviction that heavenly aims, not temporal enthusiasms, must guide everything we think, say, and do.

When Father Arminjon’s conferences were later published in a book, many others were able to reap the same benefit—including fourteen-year-old Thérèse Martin, then on the cusp of entering the Carmelite convent in Lisieux. Reading it, she says, “plunged my soul into a happiness not of this earth.” Young Thérèse, filled with a sense of “what God reserves for those who love him, and seeing that the eternal rewards had no proportion to the light sacrifices of life,” copied out numerous passages and memorized them, “repeating unceasingly the words of love burning in my heart.”

Now the very book that so inspired the Little Flower is available for the first time in English.

Let the pages of The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life fill you with the same burning words of love, with the same ardent desire to know God above all created things, that St. Thérèse gained from them. Let them also enrich your understanding of certain teachings of the Faith that can often seem so mysterious, even frightening:

  • The signs that will precede the world’s end
  • The coming of the Antichrist, and how to recognize him
  • The Judgment and where it may send us: heaven, hell, and purgatory
  • Biblical end-times prophecy: how to read it and not be deceived

    Jesus commands us to be ever-watchful for his return, and ever-mindful that we have no lasting city on earth. The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life is an invaluable aid to inculcating in your spirit that heavenly orientation, without which true human happiness cannot be found—in this world or the next.

23 posted on 05/22/2011 3:11:49 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: grumpa

That is a great article! You don’t know what a find that is for me, and answered many, many questions I’ve had about the issue of Revelations and Christ’s return for many years. This is, oddly, gives me a great sense of relief or just understanding. Thank you!

24 posted on 05/22/2011 3:17:06 PM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: Salvation

Thank you for the link Salvation

25 posted on 05/22/2011 3:40:07 PM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu

It’s a very detailed book. Look at the Table of Contents and you will see what I mean. We read it in our Spiritual book Club during Lent, but we really needed two months on it.

I have read two other books since Lent and am back to this one which I want to finish. I’m only on his fourth lecture — a little over a third of the way through the book.

The chapter on the anti-Christ was fascinating!

26 posted on 05/22/2011 3:48:03 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: grumpa

Pretty lengthy website ... definitely one for saving; even if you disagree with preterism.

27 posted on 05/23/2011 9:15:14 AM PDT by dartuser ("Dealing with preterists is like cleaning the litter box ... but at least none of the cats are big.")
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To: swatbuznik

Thanks so much! Would you like to post to the blog itself?

28 posted on 05/23/2011 5:00:40 PM PDT by grumpa (VP)
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