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Harold Camping Apologizes For Faulty Rapture Predictions And Retires, (Which was Predictable)

Church of Darwin, Religious,, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Nov 02 2011

“You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?”

If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.” Duet 18:22

The Day and Hour Unknown
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.

That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come Matthew 24:36-

I occasionally came across Mr. Campings radio show over the years; he hd a very distinctive voice and program format. I would sometimes listen for a few minutes, always on the car radio, before tuning in to something else down the dial. When it came to Mr.Camping, I figured that if one claimed to be a Bible expert but couldn’t even get the most basic and most important Bible instruction right; the Gospel and how to respond to it, then nothing else that he had to say could be important.

Mr. Camping like a lot of self styled leaders spent a lot of time on prophesy; he had already made a failed prediction about the end of the world back in 1994. To their followers this Biblical certainty that they expoused must have bolstered their credibilty as deep Bible thinkers. As long as they keep their predictions of a general nature, like the horoscope that could fit anybody and any circumstance they can use their “insight” too build an audience, build up their apparent authority and sad to say, make money. If the Bible is correct, Mr. Camping, however nice a man and no matter how sincere is a “false prophet”. This is what he was even before the two failed predictions this year.

How could Camping or his follwers miss the quote by the Lord concerning the LAST Day?

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”..Matt 24:36

The Lord, certainly knew all scripture as he is (The Word) and yet He wasn’t able to use it to determine the last day-and yet Camping and his ilk claim to be able to do just that!…

Harold Camping Apologizes For Faulty Rapture Predictions And Retires, Report States
Harold Camping admits he may have made a mistake; promises to continue searching
By Melissa Bell, Washington Post

When the end of the world failed to materialize on May 21, and again on Oct. 21, little was heard from Harold Camping, the man who claimed to decipher the Bible and its end date.

Photo:Right,above: Scott Noble, a member of Camping’s congregation, stands in the empty sanctuary May 22. It wasn’t the first time Camping’s prophesies let him down. Noble had also believed the religious leader’s 1994 Rapture prediction. (Brandon Tauszik/Sprinkle Lab)

Camping finally broke his silence on the matter Tuesday, in a five-minute recorded message posted to the Family Radio network. In it, Camping says the mistaken date could be seen as an embarrassment to the Christian network, but he says he continues to search the Bible for answers.

“I am checking my own notes more carefully than ever. There is other language in the Bible, and we still have to look at very carefully. … We should be very patient about this matter. At least in a minimum way, we are learning to walk more and more humble before God. We are ready to cry out and weep before God, ‘Oh Lord, You have the truth, we don’t have it.’”

His voice seems thicker, and he speaks at a slower rate, possibly due to the stroke he suffered in June.
Camping does not apologize for the prediction-gone-wrong. He does apologize for saying that people who disbelieved in the May 21 Rapture date would not be saved. He also repeats that it’s a lesson from God, and “sometimes it’s painful to learn.”

Camping’s followers donated more than $80 million from 2005 to 2009, a CNN report found. Before the May 21 prediction, some followers gave up their life savings and donated their possessions in preparation for the Rapture.

Article 2

Three proposed Rapture dates have come and gone, and the world has not ended.

Controversial Christian broadcaster Harold Camping has acknowledged his faulty projections, and issued an apology to his followers. The Christian Post reports that the longtime radio evangelist has retired.

Brandon Tauszik, documentarian, told the Post exclusively that he had spoken to Camping, who seemed “disappointed” by his failed predictions and said he “is no longer able to lead Family Radio Stations, Inc., or his ministry.”

In an audio message posted on Camping’s Family Radio website, the 90-year-old broadcaster told his listeners that the Rapture did not occur October 21 because it was ultimately God’s will. “He could have stopped everything if He had wanted to,” he said.

In addition, he admits that his calculations were wrong and tells his followers that “we should be very patient about this matter. At least in a minimal way we are learning to walk more and more humble before God.”

Camping also apologized for a controversial comment saying that God had stopped saving people who did not believe in his May 21 spiritual judgment day predictions. Camping points out that believers must continue studying the Bible, praying, and remembering that God is in charge.

The evangelist claimed to have cracked a code in the Bible that allowed him to calculate the date of the Rapture. He predicted the world would end in 1994, May 2011, and then in October 2011, the Christian Post reports.

Some devout listeners reportedly sold their belongings and donated money to Camping’s cause, the Associated Press reports.