Crying Wolf – The May 21 Rapture


But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only. Matthew 24:36

Watch therefore: for ye know not on what day your Lord cometh. Matthew 24:42

Therefore be ye also ready; for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:44

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first… II Thessalonians 2:1-3

Harold Camping is a false prophet. There, I said it. Now, let’s move on. The scriptures are very clear on the subject of setting dates and times for the return of Jesus Christ. Quite simply, it is forbidden and anytime someone attempts what Camping has done it is a clear violation of God’s word. It is like the boy who cried wolf. People will be so weary and skeptical of hearing about the second coming of Christ, the end of the age and all things related, they will not be prepared when the real thing does take place. People like Harold Camping are very dangerous!

For Christians, the return of the Lord Jesus Christ is supposed to be a joyous event. It signifies that the Kingdom of God has finally arrived and there will be no more death, wars, pain or sorrow! Do the people in the video below look happy or full of joy?

How many times must men be proven wrong when they attempt to see into the future and report things that have not been revealed? If the Bible clearly states that no man will know the day or the hour where do people like Harold Camping get their information from and just what is the real purpose behind it?

The Apostle Paul said that we should not let anyone deceive us by any means. He clearly stated that the return of our Lord Jesus Christ would not take place until several things would happen first. The first thing that would happen according to God’s revelation to Paul was there would be a falling away. The word that identifies what this falling away means is apostasy. It is another word for defect (to desert a cause, country, etc., especially in order to adopt another). You cannot defect from something that you were not originally a part of. One cannot defect from a country he has never lived in. Paul’s warning is that some who identify themselves as Christ’s followers will fall for deceptive traps and defect from the faith they once knew. This is an extremely dangerous state to find oneself in.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron… I Timothy 4:1-2

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. II Timothy 3:13

It is because of those who have departed from the faith that many lies and demonic doctrines have and will be spread. One of the many lies is the pre-tribulation Rapture. The word rapture is not mentioned anywhere in the Bible. There is no evidence that the doctrine of a pre-tribulation Rapture was taught at all amongst Christians until the 1830’s by Edward Irving, a Scottish clergyman and  John Nelson Darby, an Irish minister and co-founder of the Plymouth Brethren. It was made popular in America by the Scofield Reference Bible which also spread the teaching of Dispensationalism.

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The pre-tribulation rapture is a deadly lie that has caused many people to lose their faith as well as their possessions, jobs, families, wealth, sanity and sometimes their lives. It is one of Satan’s prime doctrines of deceit because it lulls Christians to sleep, believing they will not have to stick around for the tribulation the rest of the world will endure. This is nothing but false hope and it makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12).

Jesus likened the end of age to the times of Noah and Lot (Luke 17:26-32). During these times of judgment, neither Noah and his family or Lot and his were removed from the earth or caught up to heaven. Believe it or not, God does not need to remove his people from the earth to protect them. It brings him more glory to protect them where they are than to rapture them from the earth. When others see that God is able to protect his people it encourages them to become one of them! If you want proof, read the story of Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednego in Daniel chapter 3 then flip over to Daniel chapter 6 for further confirmation. Also, please consider the words of Jesus both before his resurrection and after.

I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. John 17:14-19

Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Revelation 3:10

The word keep in both of the scriptures above comes from the Greek word tereo: it means to attend to carefully, take care of; to keep, one in the state in which he is. Please tell me where a pre-trib Rapture fits in with these scriptures.

As a child, I was taught the lie of the pre-tribulation Rapture and was constantly afraid that I would be left behind. I would wake up in the middle of the night after having a nightmare that my mother was raptured and I was left to fend for myself. Believing that the rapture can occur at any time is a very troubling, dangerous doctrine. It invokes fear and scenes of utter chaos and confusion. Well, the last time I checked the Bible stated,

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace… I Corinthians 14:33

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. I Timothy 1:7

God is merciful and does not want people to be taken by surprise concerning the events leading up to the return of Christ. Throughout the New Testament, but especially in Matthew 24, I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Jude, II Peter and Revelation are all scriptures that reveal the signs that we should be looking for. The pre-tribulation Rapture and the accompanying teachings of people like Harold Camping do nothing but promote confusion, cynicism, and mockery concerning the end times. This sounds like the fulfillment of II Timothy 3:13 where imposters and evil men will deceive and be deceived.

So, what will Harold Camping do when he is proven wrong as he most assuredly will be? What will happen to those who have heeded his message and drank his kool-aid?

The signs are all pointing to the fact that we are indeed either in or are very close to entering the times of the end. So, what should we do? Stay tuned for part two.

Comments

  1. I don’t think he was dangerous to any but weak-minded people. Most of us could see at a glance that Camping was just plain nuts, or a heartless publicity-seeker, or both.

    I’ve worked with the terminally ill. It’s always the end day for someone.

  2. Thanks for the comment. I agree that he was dangerous to weak-minded people, but it is those people who are precious to God. Of course the individuals following Camping are responsible and accountable to God for themselves, but it is still sad to see people being deceived in such a manner.

  3. Darwinism- Charles Darwin
    Marxism- Karl Marx
    Theosophy- Madame Blavatsky
    Despensationalism- John Nelson Darby

    All started in the late 1800’s, maybe the 4 horsemen of Revelations?

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