I’m sure you’ve heard or seen by now – the media made a laughing stock out of some Christians’ doomsday predictions of Christ’s return on 05/21/11. Check out the following YouTube video from liberal cable news giant CNN. Here’s the video:
Click here for info on Christian broadcaster Harold Camping’s doomsday prediction concerning 05/21/11.
Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us that no one knows when He will return:
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Matt. 25:13, KJV)
Also, the Bible tells us that Christ will come unexpectedly, as a thief in the night:
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. (I Thess. 5:2, KJV)
In spite of incorrect doomsday predictions, Christians should have no part in mocking these “false predictors.” Someday soon Christ will be coming back, and it will be no laughing matter. We need to be on guard, to be ready. And we need to tell the world to repent of their sins, accept Christ as their Saviour, and be ready, not joke about it.
Many in the Emerging church movement and Emergent church movement will likely join in mocking doomsday Christians. Why? Because they have a faulty eschatology. They mistakenly (and tragically) believe that Christ will not return for quite some time. These “progressive Christians” are attempting to bring Christ’s Kingdom on earth before His return, through numerous charitable efforts (a “social gospel” if you will).
But back to my point – the 2011 doomsday prediction of Christ’s return.
Following are some pertinent excerpts from a Christian blog. Click here for the entire blog. I have emphasized certain points by bolding and [bracketing]:
Perhaps the worst repercussions of the Harold Camping doomsday prediction is that it makes a mockery of the Bible and – by association – legitimate believers...
Those who make no pretense as to believing in God, however, are using the occasion to mock the things of God. An Associated Press story documents how a bunch of atheists are putting together a post-rapture bash and scheduling post-rapture looting.
Camping is worthy of being mocked, but the truth in the Word of God should not be mocked. One day, Jesus will return to catch believers away, and those who mocked will be concerned about more than stealing a stereo system for themselves. They will be in great tribulation and headed to Hell without remedy for rejecting God…
However, disillusioned followers may forever be turned away from Christianity as a result as are the non-believers who join the rest of us in mocking the radio station cult.
Updates – Here is a secular article describing various Christians’ reactions to the Harold Camping 5/21/11 Rapture prediction.
Click here for a secular 5/21/11 article, stating that “Harold Camping will give public statement tomorrow [5/22].”
And here is a secular article giving more details about Harold Camping’s ministry.
Nonetheless, with all the outrage over Harold Camping’s false prophecies, we should indeed be ready for Christ’s return, as I stated above.