Now that Harold Camping's prediction for the rapture to come on May 21, 2011 was proven to be erroneous, it is likely that many people will think that they now have more of a valid excuse than ever to reject the Bible, and that the rapture has been proven to be false. However, anyone who really knows what the Bible says about the rapture will also know that it is wrong to predict when it will happen. And many of them have already been warning that Harold Camping is a false prophet! So he has really just proven us right. The only people who took him seriously are those who do not know the Bible, or those who do not believe what it says. And it is also evident that those who think that this whole incident proves the rapture or the Bible to be false do not know the Bible either. Far from disproving the Bible or the rapture, it now makes more sense to me than ever when Jesus said, "the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect" (Matthew 24:44).
My point is that less people will be expecting Christ's return (as the above verse indicates), thanks to Harold Camping's prediction. It is no wonder that Jesus warned that no one but God Himself knows the day and hour of Christ's return (See Matthew 24:36). There are some who have apparently thought that it's a good idea to predict both!
The Bible itself has warned about false prophets such as Harold Camping in 2 Peter 2:1-2. That same verse also stated that the way of truth would be blasphemed because of these false prophets! Has this come to pass? Take a look around - I am pretty sure that it has. So this incident really just proves what the Bible said to be true. Of course, many of those who are blind to that are also fulfilling prophecy without even realizing it, just as Harold Camping has done. For more info, you can read my article titled "Unwittingly Proving The Bible to be True". Oddly, those who do not know the Bible are often some of the best at proving it to be true, although they do so unwittingly.
May 24, 2011 Update: Harold Camping is now predicting the rapture to come on October 21! I am dead serious. I found out about it through the following article: Radio host says Rapture actually coming in October.
I don't think as many people will take him seriously now, but who knows. The spiritual blindness in this world today is at a level that I honestly never thought was possible, although I knew it was going to get bad, as 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 indicated that it would. I don't know how many false prophecies this guy has to make before his followers realize he is a false prophet, but I am going to stick with the Bible, which says that no one but God Himself knows the day and hour of Christ's return (Matthew 24:36). I advise everyone else to do the same.
October 31, 2011 Update: Harold Camping has now apologized and repented of his false teachings! I found out about this today from the following article: Family Radio Founder Harold Camping Repents, Apologizes for False Teachings.
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