“This is not the first time Camping has made a bold prediction about Judgment Day.”
“On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping’s believers gathered inside Alameda’s Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years.
Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven.
But the world did not end. Camping allowed that he may have made a mathematical error. He spent the next decade running new calculations, as well as overseeing a media company that has grown significantly in size and reach.”
HERE ARE HIS BOOKS:Do not read them UNLESS your spiritually prepared to refute them!
What God hath joined together…
RED FLAG! RED FLAG! RED FLAG! RED FLAG!
Red flag’s should be waving among his followers right about now, but are they? The problem with people who CLAIM big things from bible study is, they seldom live up to the hype they create around their studies!
“But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.“
“When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or prove true, that is a word which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.“
Former civil engineer Harold Camping of Oakland, who runs Family Radio, has studied the Bible for almost 70 years, you would think he would have read the verses in Deuteronomy about FALSE PROPHETS and God’s attitude towards making false claims…guess he missed that in his twisting of scripture?
His Teachings & Beliefs
Camping teaches that a Biblical calendar has been hidden according to Daniel 12:9, Revelation 22:10 detailing the imminent end of the world (with alleged Biblical evidence pointing to the date for the Rapture as May 21, 2011); of the “end of the church age” (which asserts that churches are no longer the vehicle used by God for salvation, 1 Peter 4:17); and of predestination (Ephesians 1:4-5), according to which God determined before the beginning of the world which individuals are to be saved.
Camping does not consider Family Radio a church and does not claim ordained or hierarchical authority within a church or institution.
Camping claims that the church institutions do not employ the Bible alone as the sole authority; According to Camping, each church/denomination has their own unique set of doctrines and hermeneutics, which dictate how they understand the Bible, and this is what he believes makes Family Radio, a world wide, non-profit, non-denominational Christian based ministry, so different.
Recently, as what he believes to be the Biblical date for Judgment Day (May 21, 2011) draws near, Family Radio has become affiliated with eBibleFellowship.com, another Bible-based ministry.
Followers continue to listen to Camping despite the fact that he was wrong in his previous prediction of the end of the world. In his book 1994? he claimed there was a very high likelihood that the world would end in September 1994, although he did acknowledge in the book “the possibility does exist that I could be wrong.”
He makes no mention of this failure when establishing his new claims of the end of the world in October 2011.
Camping has received criticism from a number of leaders, scholars, and laymen within the Christian community for his predictions on when the Rapture will take place. His critics argue that Jesus Christ Himself taught that no man knows the day or the hour of the Lord’s return.
Central to Camping’s teaching is the belief that the Bible alone and in its entirety is the Word of God, and absolutely trustworthy. However, he emphasizes, this does not mean that each sentence in the Bible is to be understood only literally.
Rather, the meaning of individual Biblical passages also needs to be interpreted in the light of two factors. The first is the context of the Bible as a whole. The second is its spiritual meaning. In Camping’s words, “the Bible is an earthly story with a Heavenly meaning.”
This stems from Mark 4:34, which states that Jesus did not speak to the disciples without using parables. Because Christ is the Word of God, therefore, the historical accounts of the Old Testament can also be seen as parables.
For example, in the Book of Joshua, we find that Joshua (whose name in Hebrew is identical to the name “Jesus” in Greek), is a picture of Christ, who safely led the Israelites (who represented those who became saved) across the Jordan River (a representation of the wrath of God) into the land of Canaan (which represents the kingdom of God).
In Camping’s latest publications, We are Almost There!, To God be the Glory, “NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY OR THE HOUR?” and “ANOTHER INFALLIBLE PROOF THAT GOD GIVES THAT ASSURES THE RAPTURE WILL OCCUR MAY 21, 2011,” he states that a number of Biblical passages point unquestionably to May 21, 2011 as “the first day of the Day of Judgment”, and October 21, 2011 for the end of the world. Some people point to Camping as a “date-setter” following his own method of Biblical interpretation.
Camping maintains that he follows the Bible’s method of Biblical interpretation, except he doesn’t seem to get the whole teaching on false prophets and the punishment for making claims God didn’t say, but nobodies perfect!
Since leaving the Christian Reformed Church in 1988, Camping has taught doctrines that may conflict with doctrines of the Christian Reformed Church and other church denominations. Examples of how Camping’s teachings vary from conventional Calvinist doctrines include:
- Departing from Calvinist doctrine, Camping teaches a relative free will for humanity and that humans are not totally depraved. However, he subscribes to the idea that salvation is unmerited, cannot be achieved by good works or prayer, and is a pure act of God’s grace.
- Departing from the doctrine of eternal torment for the unsaved in a place called Hell, Camping teaches annihilationism; that life will end and existence will cease for the unsaved soul, like the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- Departing from doctrines stating no one can know the time of Christ’s second coming, he teaches that the exact times of the Rapture and the End of the World are to be revealed sometime towards the end of time (Daniel 12:9-13 prophecy).
- Camping teaches that all churches have become apostate and thus must be abandoned, Joesph Smith eat your heart out. In the place of church he encourages personal Bible study and listening to his Family Radio broadcasts. Talk about keeping it in the family, Jim Jones has nothing on this Guy
Camping’s Biblical study regarding time and Christ’s second coming is based on the cycles of:
- Jewish feast days in the Hebrew calendar, as described in the Old Testament,
- the lunar month calendar (1 month = 29.53059 days), and
- the Gregorian calendar (1 year = 365.2422 days).
He projects these into modern times and combines the results with other information in the Bible.
Camping calculates that the crucifixion of Christ took place on Friday April 1, AD 33.
Not all commentators agree with that date. Hoehner argues for April 3, 33 A.D.
Other students of the subject have placed the event in AD 29, 30, or 31.
In 1992, Camping published a book titled 1994?, in which he proclaimed that Christ’s return might be on September 6, 1994. In that publication, he also mentioned that 2011 could be the end. As a result, some individuals have criticized him for “date-setting.”
Camping’s latest publications, We are Almost There! and To God be The Glory, refer to additional Biblical evidence which, in his opinion and that of others mentioned by him, points to May 21, 2011 as the date for the Rapture and October 21, 2011 as the date for the end of the world.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.”
“And many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error.”
“For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones). “
“BUT ALSO [in those days] there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves, who will subtly and stealthily introduce heretical doctrines (destructive heresies), even denying and disowning the Master Who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.”
“BELOVED, DO not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world.”
The world would do well to avoid doing business with these false prophets and giving them a place to advertise their wears, and God’s true Church needs to learn the basics of scriptural defence like never before!