Looks like it’s doomsday season, again! Harold Camping, the head of a Christian broadcast group called Family Radio, returned with a newly-revised date that, according to him, signals the end of the world - Oct. 21.
Camping has been predicting the end of the world for years now; his earlier predicted dates include May 21 and September, 1994.
Following the failure of both his earlier predictions, he dismissed the 1994 date as a miscalculation and the May 21 prediction, he claimed, only affected those in Heaven.
The 90-year-old Camping, who has just recovered from a stroke he suffered in June, said that not only would Oct. 21 mark the official end of the world on Earth, this time the Rapture would be quick with no pain for those who do not believe.
Thus we can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on October 21, 2011, on the last day of the present five months period, said Camping, on his Web site, Family Radio.
On that day the true believers (the elect) will be raptured. We must remember that only God knows who His elect are that He saved prior to May 21, said Camping.
Camping's prediction for a new date of destruction does not come with the advertisements, vans, banners and billboards that his first, widely publicized, proclamation did. He dismissed any need for such public warnings, pointing out that since the process of salvation was over, there was nobody left to warn, this time around.
The whole world is on Judgment Day. It will continue to Oct. 21, 2011 and at that time the whole world will be destroyed, said Camping, in a public statement.
Camping has reportedly based his theory of the end of the world on more than just divine revelations. According to the Doomsday prophet, the Second Coming of Jesus was destined to take place on May 21, an event that should have been coupled with destructive earthquakes and the rapture of true Christians.
Camping's theory was the result of five decades of Bible Study. He claimed that Noah's flood, mentioned in the book of Genesis, occurred in 4990 B.C. God had apparently given Noah a 7-day warning period. Using the scripture 2 Peter 3:8, which says a day is as a thousand years, Camping thus claimed that 7 days could be interpreted as 7,000 years. Thus May 21, 2011 is exactly 7,000 years after 4990 B.C.
However, Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, says that the Bible explicitly forbid(s) Christians to claim the knowledge of such dates and times.
Camping claims to be basing his predictions on the scriptures. That sounds promising. But the Bible does not contain hidden codes that we are to find and decipher. We are not to look for hidden patterns of words, numbers, dates, or anything else. It is an act of incredible presumptuousness to claim that a human knows such a date, or has determined God's timing by any means, Mohler said, in an earlier interview with IBTimes.
Either way, Oct. 21 must be something of a landmark date, if only to discover whether there actually is any truth to Camping's theories!