If this particular post seems rushed or disjointed I hope you’ll forgive me. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time in preparing it on the off chance that Harold (Mr. End-of-The-World) Camping was actually correct . . . . this time. Mr. Camping has predicted that the end of the world is nigh. Actually the end of the world will happen on October 21st . . . or today. (Good thing I have my blog set on “auto-post”)
Mr. Camping is famous (or infamous) for his end-times predictions, most famously in 1994 (he wrote a whole book about it), and May of this year. Many of his followers actually followed his revelation five months ago and sold all their possessions or took extravagant trips prior to his predicted end date.
Ironically, many of his own staff at Family Radio International were skeptical of his prediction and continued working as normal up to the promised judgement. (Typical employees . . . never listening to the boss, just going around doing their own thing).
About the prediction in May Mr. Camping clarified his slight miscalculation in math by saying:
What really happened this past May 21st ? What really happened is that God accomplished exactly what He wanted to happen. That was to warn the whole world that on May 21 God’s salvation program would be finished on that day. For the next five months, except for the elect (the true believers), the whole world is under God’s final judgment. To accomplish this goal God withheld from the true believers the way in which two phrases were to be understood. Had He not done so, the world would never have been shaken in fear as it was.
Got that? He was right, but wrong, but right. So now he has pinpointed his position–and timing–(sort of) to October 21st:
“The end is going to come very, very quietly probably within the next month…by October 21st,” said Camping in a radio address delivered earlier this month. “Probably there will be no pain suffered by anyone because of their rebellion against God…We can become more and more sure that they’ll quietly die and that will be the end of their story.”
It’s unfortunate because my in-laws were going to have this really big garage sale today. We hired a new employee where I work that was supposed to start today. I still have two bags of Kettle jalapeno potato chips in the cupboard.
What a waste.
But . . .
On the off chance you’re reading this, I’m
sorry happy to tell you that the world has NOT, repeat NOT ended. However, to illustrate what most likely could and should have occurred, I give you NMA.TV:
Actually, all you have to do is look to the Bible. Jesus Himself spoke of when the end of times would be . . .
Matthew 24:36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father.
. . . actually he didn’t, did he?
So if Jesus Himself doesn’t know, why are we–or certain factions of “we”– so obsessed by the “End Times” (cue dramatic music!)? Personally, I like Alfred E. Neuman’s outlook better anyway . . .
“What me worry?”
Look, if you’re awaiting the return of Jesus, and your heart is right with God, what does it matter when the end of the world occurs?
If you’re awaiting an accurate prediction of when the world will end just so you can get your act together in time . . . you’re doing it wrong.
And if you don’t believe ANY of this . . . who cares?
See you Monday.