Skip to comments.Why Modern-Day Prophecy Theorists are More Dangerous than Harold Camping
Posted on 05/23/2011 7:20:22 AM PDT by topcat54
How is it possible that most evangelical critics of Harold Camping are more dangerous than the failed prognosticator? For the simple reason that its no longer May 21, 2011, and Harold Camping will be relegated to the dust bin of prophetic history, but prophecy prognosticators will continue to abound by claiming that Jesus is still coming soon even if we dont know the day and hour. In nearly every article Ive read by evangelicals denouncing Camping, they still claim that all the signs are in place for Jesus soon return. Here are some examples:
Even though Tim LaHaye denounced Campings prediction as not only wrong but dangerous . . . not only bizarre but 100% wrong!, he still claims that the recent earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan are signs of the apocalypse just as he laid out in in his fiction end-time Left Behind novels.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanvision.org ...
"For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled." (Luke 21:22)
But he does not say what it does mean.
He also gives no clue as to why evangelicals are "dangerous".
The stand-ups will be feasting on this anti-Christian feed-bag for months and months.
I don’t blame an obviously demented 89 year old for delusions of godhood and bizarre proclamations. I can hear those from any homeless guy on a park bench, or from an Alzheimers patient who insists his parents are still alive and it’s WW2.
What I blame is the media that gives this kind of ranting a forum!
First- nobody knows( and not everyone on the planet believes) in the return of Jesus. You are free to guess every year and, eventually , someone will be right; but giving every guess or delusion press is criminal.
Second- in our current media climate- if Jesus returned during football season, He would be ignored or maybe mentioned as a postscript after post-game shows.
Thank you! THAT is the reason all this made the press, IMO.
We should all remember, also, that the world ‘ends’ for tons of people every day. Check the obituaries.
What about Globull Warming predictions?
Emphasizing the inevitability of judgment is not a mistake. But picking a specific day is a fool's errand.
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elects sake those days shall be shortened.
Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
Zecharia 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
There are many, many more such prophetic passages which have yet to be fulfilled.
When? In the words of Jesus Himself in Matthew 24:36 ...
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
Attempts to predict these things are not only futile, but reject the authority of God Himself who made it clear through His Son that nobody would know.
DeMar has written several very interesting articles and books on eschatology. If you go to abebooks.com you can get a copy of one of the books for very little.
As Christians it is our job to spread the good news of salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus to anyone who will listen.
It is not to create FUD.
I can’t really imagine why any Christian would want to be “raptured”. When the world is at its worst, who else will stand and proclaim Jesus, to those who still live, if not us?
Christ said he would return. He never said He was going to “rapture out Believers.” That is a dangerous false doctrine that has only been around for about 130 years.
People like LaHaye should be ashamed for spreading these falsehoods and making piles of money from it.
You may remember the folk remedy for a bad LSD trip — take another dose, of 10 times the potency.
Gary DeMar must be a bitter and small minded man if he feels the need to ceaselessly harp on this topic. DeMar has his own bizarre interpretation of the end times that is perhaps even more out of step than Harold Camping.
As for Harold Camping, we shouldn’t be surprised that the adversary would push him and other to unbiblical extremes - for the very purpose of smearing the truth with a “guilt by association” argument. In the 1st century, Paul’s gospel of grace was mimicked as “sin as you please”.
Here’s a little common sense (at least to me) about God speaking to and through people in general, and God does do both.
When God speaks to you, that message is for you, and you alone. It is essentially meaningless to others, however deeply felt it may be to you.
When God speaks through you, the more you think about it, (or add mixed case, mixed font blinking highlights to it), or repeat it, ...the less of the real message gets through.
Just my .02 FWIW
Jesus's message, "repent and reform," applies regardless of when the Second Coming takes place.
These guys are only dangerous if they have an audience. I think those who believed it was the end of the world were only wishful thinkers.
please think about your conclusion. Does the world end when
someone dies, or does someone die to the world? Is reality
external(apart, different) from us, or based only on our internal mind?
What kind of Bible do you read that has 1 Thessalonians 4:17 omitted?
Sola Scriptura is what I say it is fails.