Only the Father knows!

If you’re reading this then I guess he was wrong. Who? Harold Camping. He’s the guy who predicted that May 21st, 2011 would be our doomsday, the day that life comes crashing to a halt.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Camping 89, is basing his  prediction on a  mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the bible. But he’s done this before. Camping first predicted that doomsday would be on September 6,  1994, and there is apparently a video of it on YouTube.

I’m guessing that in all his study of Scripture for so-called hidden mathematical systems he missed the very straight-forward statement that Jesus made.

“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.” ~ Matthew 24:36-37

He’s not the first to make such predictions and he certainly won’t be the last. But it is bothersome and very frustrating because of the negative effect this will have on people.

For some, these false predictions simply serve to discredit God and Scripture, causing them to move farther away from ever knowing Him. For others, it may not lessen their faith in God but may cause them to live too casually.

Jesus told us to be prepared and alert at all times because we don’t know the day or the hour of His return. Living with the awareness of how fragile life is and that none of us knows when we will draw our last breath tends to give us a clarity about those things in life that matter most.

To quote a line from an early Rich Mullins song: “Live like you’ll die tomorrow, die knowing you’ll live forever!”

What would you do differently if you knew you only had 24 hours to live?

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3 responses to “Only the Father knows!

  1. Pingback: Harold Camping–Deceiver, False Prophet | Anna Renee is Still Talking

  2. I couldn’t agree more.
    It’s rather sad and disappointing that people like Mr. Camping get this kind of attention while those of us on this journey of life and faith simply continue to “run the race” without any consideration for their efforts.
    I’m not asking for accolades here… just the honest consideration that God’s word is truth and charlatans like this get to besmirch what it truly means to be a Christian.
    I guess my question for Mr. Camping is this: If Jesus said neither He or the angles know the day or hour that the world will end, but only God the Father was privy to that bit of information, how then did Mr. Camping manage to convince God to tell him?

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