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?