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Failed doomsday preacher repents
The following apology letter from Harold Camping is published below in it’s entirety. You may make up your own mind as to whether or not he is sincere.
From Family Radio: God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” Romans 3:4
Dear Family Radio Family,
In this time of confusion and turmoil, God’s Word remains the only truth in which we can trust. God has shown us again the truth that He alone is true. In Romans 3:4 God declares: “Let God be true but every man a liar.” Events within the last year have proven that no man can be fully trusted. Even the most sincere and zealous of us can be mistaken.
The May 21 campaign was an astounding event if you think about its impact upon this world. There is no question that millions, if not billions of people heard for the first time the Bible’s warning that Jesus Christ will return. Huge portions of this world that had never read or seen a Bible heard the message the Christ Jesus is coming to rapture His people and destroy this natural world.
Yes, we humbly acknowledge we were wrong about the timing; yet though we were wrong God is still using the May 21 warning in a very mighty way. In the months following May 21 the Bible has, in some ways, come out from under the shadows and is now being discussed by all kinds of people who never before paid any attention to the Bible. We learn about this, for example, by the recent National Geographic articles concerning the King James Bible and the Apostles. Reading about and even discussing about the Bible can never be a bad thing, even if the Bible’s authenticity is questioned or ridiculed. The world’s attention has been called to the Bible.
We must also openly acknowledge that we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world. Though many dates are circulating, Family Radio has no interest in even considering another date. God has humbled us through the events of May 21, to continue to even more fervently search the Scriptures (the Bible), not to find dates, but to be more faithful in our understanding.
We have learned the very painful lesson that all of creation is in God’s hands and He will end time in His time, not ours! We humbly recognize that God may not tell His people the date when Christ will return, any more than He tells anyone the date they will die physically.
We realize that many people are hoping they will know the date of Christ’s return. In fact for a time Family Radio fell into that kind of thinking. But we now realize that those people who were calling our attention to the Bible’s statement that “of that day and hour knoweth no man” (Matthew 24:36 & Mark 13:32), were right in their understanding of those verses and Family Radio was wrong. Whether God will ever give us any indication of the date of His return is hidden in God’s divine plan.
We were even so bold as to insist that the Bible guaranteed that Christ would return on May 21 and that the true believers would be raptured. Yet this incorrect and sinful statement allowed God to get the attention of a great many people who otherwise would not have paid attention. Even as God used sinful Balaam to accomplish His purposes, so He used our sin to accomplish His purpose of making the whole world acquainted with the Bible. However, even so, that does not excuse us. We tremble before God as we humbly ask Him for forgiveness for making that sinful statement. We are so thankful that God is so loving that He will forgive even this sin.
So we must be satisfied to humbly wait upon God, and trust He will guide His people to safety. At Family Radio, we continue to look to God for guidance. If it is His good pleasure for us to continue on with our original mission, the proclamation of the Gospel, God’s Word, then we must continue to look to Him.
We consider you to be a real part of this ministry and the tremendous opportunities which God, by His unfathomable mercy and grace, continues to give to us. And, your steadfast involvement and support is so appreciated!
May God bless you,
Harold Camping and the staff of Family Radio. source – Family Radio
Failure rate to predict the day of the Rapture remains at 100%
Oh, date setters, you were wrong. Again. Over the last several weeks, there’s been a large movement that the Rapture would occur during Rosh Hashanah, 2011. It didn’t. Now, instead of simply seeing that setting a date was wrong, the rapture has been postponed until October. Have you learned nothing from Harold Camping or the countless others before him?
The Rosh Hashanah theory did have some interesting points. The Jewish holiday certainly has some similarities to the Rapture. It’s a wedding ceremony, a new year, the “last trump,” a day of repentance, and even sometimes called the “day that no man knows,” since it’s a different date each year.
This year, its also 63 years afterIsraelbecame a state. 63 years +7 years of tribulation= 70. The Bible refers to 70 years as a generation, and Matthew 24:34 says, “…this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” It does not, however, say that THIS generation will be exactly 70 years. It also does not tell us the day to expect it. In fact, it says the exact opposite…
Just a short two verses away, we are told, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). Now, go back and read that again. MY FATHER ONLY. If you’re reading that correctly, you’ll see that ONLY means NOBODY ELSE. That means not even Jesus knows!
Before reading further, if you are one of the ones who got caught up (no pun intended) in this theory, ask yourself exactly when you were given a higher knowledge than Jesus Christ? You weren’t. You do not have more authority than Jesus, and to assume you do shows a great deal of arrogance. Instead, trust that the Bible is correct and humble yourself to God and his word.
Has there ever been a date setter to be proven correct in all the 2000 years we’ve been waiting? EVERY one of them has been wrong. There is good reason for that. The Bible specifically tells us we don’t know. That, like everything else in the book, has not changed. You will never be right when you set a date. NEVER. God will not be wrong, and never has been. You can’t outsmart him.
Now, many people date set because of the hope it gives. The problem, however, is that the hope is short lived, as many see now that Rosh Hashanah is over. It also ruins your credibility. To those non believers you’re trying to convince, any progress you’ve made is now destroyed. Now you’re the crazy person nobody will listen to. How many times will it take of debunked predictions before we learn that we simply can NOT do it?
Setting dates is essentially the same as working for the Devil. Each time a Rapture date is set, and fails, more and more become part of the falling away, and fall into the “scoffer” category. The number of people (several thousand) that joined an online event for after rapture looting should be proof of that. Way to go, Harold Camping, for giving believers a bad name. Again.
The bottom line is that we all want our Lord to come get us. It’s really tough in 2011. I want out just as much as you. God has told us not just in words, but in previous failed predictions, that we simply do not know when it’s going to happen. We do know to have faith, and to wait. We know that it can happen today. It could’ve also happened on Rosh Hashanah…but not because you predicted it. Don’t lose your faith, destroy your credibility and go against God’s word by deciding you know better than the son of God himself.
It’s been set in stone long before your days on this Earth, and isn’t going to change. People have set dates for thousands of years, and not a one of them have been right. Instead of getting your hopes up for next Wednesday at4:00, just know that it WILL happen, when God sees fit. That is enough of a gift in itself, even if you don’t know when it’s coming.
Remember, God’s timing is ALWAYS perfect. Stop trying to change it.
Baalam’s ass continues to speak
Doomsday preacher Harold Camping was left a laughing stock when his prediction that the world would end on May 21 failed to materialise.
But the 90-year-old Californian may well have the last laugh after revealing that date was in fact Judgment Day – a spiritual moment when the righteous would be chosen – and simply a warm-up for the Rapture which happens exactly five months later.
This means that Friday, October 21, will mark the start of the Apocalypse – when believers will be whisked away into heaven and hell will be unleashed on earth.
And cynics should be warned, as the Rapture Index – a monitor of current affairs for the frequency and intensity of end-time signs mentioned in the Bible – is at an almost all-time high.
Bed-ridden Camping, who suffered a stroke soon after ‘Judgment Day’, said: ‘We can be sure that the whole world [will be annihilated] on 21 October 2011.’ And since he said that the day of judgment had already passed, there was nothing the non-righteous could do to save their souls.
Camping, a radio evangelist and president of a network of radio stations known as Family Radio, spent up to $100 million over seven years predicting the Rapture.
His followers put up billboards, with many spending thousands of their own money in passing his message on.
He was openly mocked by talk show hosts and comedians, and religious leaders blasted him as a false prophet.
Non-believers and Christians alike made fun of his message and protests and demonstrations were held against his prediction – many of which turned into parties as the date approached. He is not alone in his predictions as, over the past 2,000 years there have been at least 200 publicized prophecies that the world would end on a specific date. source – Daily Mail UK
God is not mocked
False prophet Harold Camping’s grace period with God came to a stunning and climatic end when he suffered a debilitating stroke that took away the main weapon he has used to deceive people for nearly half a century – his voice. And with the end of his ability to speak, that also signaled the inglorious end of his radio program, “Open Forum”, which Camping used to spew his twisted version of the bible. Our prayers are now that Mr. Camping would see events for what they truly are, that he would repent, and become truly saved. NTEB wishes him well with hopes for a speedy recovery.
“The Christian radio station belonging to Harold Camping, who twice incorrectly predicted the world would end, plans to replace his weekday segment Open Forum with new programming after rebroadcasting the last show he recorded before suffering a stroke on June 9.
Family Radio on Hegenberger Road began playing repeats of Open Forum after a stroke hospitalized the 89-year-old Camping. On Monday, staff again started airing 20 segments recorded by Camping from May 23 — two days after he most recently predicted Judgment Day would arrive — through June 9.
“When those are completed, we will have other programming that is scheduled to run in that time slot,” Program Department Secretary Judi Rathbone wrote in an email.
“Mr. Camping,” Rathbone also wrote, “is still in the hospital and continues to recover.” Camping, an Alameda resident, first predicted Judgment Day would descend in September 1994. For his 2011 prediction, he invested in a billboard campaign declaring the second coming of Jesus Christ on May 21 and the end of the world on Oct. 21.
He used Open Forum and Family Radio to broadcast his prediction. Broadcasts are available nationwide and reach followers as far as sub-Saharan Africa. The nationwide network, registered as a nonprofit organization with Camping as president, is worth an estimated $72 million, Fortune Magazine reported in May.
Nearly all of the money comes from donations, including more than $18 million in 2009 — up from $15 million the year before, IRS tax documents show. The nonprofit organization received $81 million in donations since 2005, records show. More recent statements have not been filed. Camping took no salary in 2009 but loaned himself $175,516. Family Radio’s board of directors approved the loan, whose purpose was not stated in the tax documents. Board members include Family Radio Secretary-Treasurer William Thornton and Camping’s daughter, Susan Espinoza.”
The fate of all false prophets
Time and time again, Harold Camping used his world-wide audience to deceive people and to speak lies in the name of God. He used his voice over the radio to make end times predictions that he said the bible guaranteed would come to pass, and they did not. Now, having suffered a stroke, he just may have lost his ability to ever again conduct his radio program. Coincidence? You decide.
“If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 13:1-3
The radio preacher who sparked an international media frenzy by predicting the end of the world last month has suffered a stroke. Harold Camping was rushed to hospital from his Alameda, California home on Thursday night.
The 89-year-old has survived the stroke – but there are fears that the gravelly, famous voice he used to make his predictions to millions around the world will never be the same.
The radio evangelist and president of the network of radio stations known as Family Radio, spent up to $100million over seven years predicting the Rapture. His followers put up billboards, with many spending thousands of their own money in passing his message on.
Camping was openly mocked by talk show hosts and comedians, and religious leaders blasted him as a false prophet. Non-believers and Christians alike made fun of his message and protests and demonstrations were held against his prediction – many of which turned into parties as the date approached. source – Daily Mail
Man drowns trying to cross reservoir to ‘get to God’ minutes before ‘Judgement day’ deadline
Yesterday, NTEB brought you the story of how Harold Camping’s false prophecies have had real and deadly consequences. Today that list continues to grow.
“He couldn’t swim. But that didn’t stop Victor Frasno from trying to cross a reservoir to ‘get to God’ moments before the first earthquakes of ‘Judgement Day’ were supposed to strike. The 25-year-old from Florida, who had been staying with family in California, eventually drowned in the 80-acre reservoir in Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch on Friday night, investigators said.
Frasno, who was described by investigators as very religious, had also tried to pull his older brother into the water after saying he had been ‘chosen’. The 27-year-old, who has not been identified, managed to wriggle free before scrambling up the bank to get help. He last saw Frasno thrashing about while quoting from the Bible.
Authorities pulled Frasno’s body out of the lake just before midnight on Friday. Judgement Day was pegged for the next day based on a prediction by Oakland-based evangelist Harold Camping and his Family Radio group. The world kept turning, but investigators believe the frenzy that had been whipped up around the so-called ‘rapture’ with a global advertising campaign and vast media coverage may have helped to push Frasno over the edge. source – Daily Mail
Listen in and hear for yourself…
False prophet Harold Camping has said that he will make a public statement this evening vis his Open Forum radio program Click here to listen live online, starting at 8:30PM EST. SPOILER ALERT: he has no intention of apologizing, retracting or repenting in any way, shape or form. Our guess is that he will simply retool his false prophecy, say that he made a “mathematical mistake”, and start to gear up for false prophecy #4.