Is May 21, 2011 a judgment day? Harold Camping has claimed this kind of teaching that there’s a Christian Rapture on May 21, 2011 and the end of the world will take in just five months on October 21, 2011. Some followers of Camping admit that 200 million people (or approximately 3% of the world’s population) will be raptured.
This is my first investigatory blog who is Harold Camping including his bogus teachings.
Harold Egbert Camping was born on July 19, 1921 in Colorado and moved to California home in his early age. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1942. He and his family were become members of the Christian Reformed Church until the year 1988. During this time he served as an Elder and Sunday school teacher at the Alameda Bible Fellowship.
He is the Christian radio broadcaster, president and co-founder of the Family Radio. Family Radio, a religious radio based in California, that expands 150 radio outlets around the United States of the America.
In 1970, Camping published The Biblical Calendar of History in which he dated God’s Creation of the world to the year 11,013 BC and the Flood to 4990 BC. This was in contrast to Bishop James Ussher’s famous chronology, which placed creation at 4004 BC and the Flood at 2348 BC. Camping argued that Ussher’s dates “agree neither with the Biblical nor the secular evidence” and thus Ussher’s methodology was flawed.
Camping surmised that word “begat” in the Old Testament scriptures (through King James Version) did not necessarily imply an immediate father-son relationship, as had been assumed by Ussher and others who hadn’t fully studied the biblical timelines according to incomplete information. Camping noted the use of the phrase “called his name” (Hebrew qara shem), found three times in Genesis 4-5, which he characterized as a “clue phrase” to indicate an immediate father-son relationship.
Despite the fact that this “clue phrase” does not occur regarding Noah naming Shem, Camping maintains that there is enough evidence to otherwise conclude that they did in fact have an immediate father-son relationship. He also points out the use of qara shem in Isaiah 7:14, where we are told, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Camping assumes that since qara shem implies an immediate father-son relationship (e.g., Adam-Seth, Seth-Enosh and Lamech-Noah), all other relationships between the Antediluvian patriarchs (except Noah-Shem) are of ancestors and their distant descendants. That is, when one patriarch died, the next one who is mentioned was not his son but was actually a distant multi-great grandson who was born in that same year, thus Camping’s concept of the “reference patriarch,” i.e., various events are referenced to a specific year of a particular patriarch’s life as a means of keeping an accurate chronological record (in much the same way we reference historical events by year to the birth of Christ). Despite the fact that there is no evidence that any ancient civilization kept track of time in this way.
Camping uses this huge concept as the backbone of his chronological view of Biblical history.
Camping teaches that a Biblical calendar has been hidden according to Daniel 12:9, Revelation 22:10 detailing the imminent end of the world (with alleged Biblical evidence pointing to the date for the Rapture as May 21, 2011); off the “end of the church age” (which asserts that churches are no longer the vehicle used by God for salvation, 1 Peter 4:17); and of predestination (Ephesians 1:4-5), according to which God determined before the beginning of the world which individuals are to be saved.
In Camping’s latest publications, he states that May 21, 2011 will be “the first day of the Day of Judgment” and October 21, 2011 will be the end of the world. Critics call Camping a “date-setter” following his own method of Biblical interpretation. Camping maintains and defends that he follows the Bible’s method of Biblical interpretation.
According to Camping, each church or denomination has its own unique set of doctrines and hermeneutics, which dictate how they understand the Bible. Family Radio’s sole focus on the Bible is what he believes distinguishes it from churches. Recently, as his predicted Judgment Day (May 21, 2011) draws near, Family Radio has become affiliated with eBibleFellowship.com, another Bible-based ministry. Followers continue to listen to Camping although that he was wrong in his previous prediction of the end of the world. In his book in 1994, he claimed there was a very high likelihood that the world would end in September, 1994, although he failed to acknowledge in the book “the possibility does exist that I could be wrong.”
He makes no mention of this failure when establishing his new claims of the end of the world in October, 2011. Camping has received strong criticisms from a number of leaders, scholars, and laymen within the Christian community for his predictions on when the Rapture will take place. His critics still argue that Jesus Christ taught that no man knows the day or the hour of the Lord’s return.
After leaving the Christian Reformed Church in 1988, Camping has taught doctrines that explicitly conflict with the doctrines and confessions of the Christian Reformed Church and churches of the Reformed and Presbyterian traditions. Examples of how Camping’s teachings vary from conventional Reformed doctrines include:
- Departing from Calvinist doctrine, Camping teaches a relative free will for humanity and that humans are not totally depraved. However, he subscribes to the idea that salvation is unmerited, cannot be achieved by good works or prayer, and is a pure act of God’s grace.
- Departing from the doctrine of eternal torment for the unsaved in a place called Hell, Camping teaches annihilationism; that life will end and existence will cease for the unsaved soul.
- Departing from doctrines stating no one can know the time of Christ’s second coming, he teaches that the exact times of the Rapture and the End of the World are to be revealed sometime towards the end of time (Daniel 12:9-13 prophecy).
- Camping teaches that all churches have become “apostate” and thus must be abandoned. He encourages personal Bible study and listening to his Family Radio broadcasts.
Camping’s Biblical study regarding time and Christ’s second coming is based on the cycles of:
- Jewish feast days in the Hebrew calendar, as described in the Old Testament,
- the lunar month calendar (1 month = 29.53059 days), and
- the Gregorian calendar (1 year = 365.2425 days).
He projects these into modern times and combines the results with other information in the Bible. Camping calculates that the crucifixion of Christ took place on Friday April 1, AD 33. Not all commentators agree with that date. Hoehner argued for April 3, 33 A.D. Some Biblical scholars have placed the event in AD 29, 30, or 31.
In an article “Is Harold Camping and Family Radio a Cult?”, the evangelical Got Questions Ministries opposed Camping’s teachings because they believe his entire method of Bible interpretation is flawed:
“Harold Camping employs an allegorical method of interpreting Scripture. Because of this method, the meaning of any Scripture passage is purely subjective, subject to the mind and imagination of the person … Camping’s use of an allegorical method of interpretation for Scripture, and especially for unfulfilled prophecy, is fatally flawed. It undermines the very nature of communication. God gave us His Word to communicate very specific information.”
This information comes from an unreliable sources that Camping’s allegedly claims that the judgment on May 21, 2011 and the end of the world on October 21, 2011 are absolutely hoax! God doesn’t fix the official date about the judgment day, rapture and the end of the world. Camping, therefore, is a false preacher to teach deceit and lies around the world! His calculations are wrong because Jesus died not on Good Friday but he died three days and three nights according to Matthew 12:40!
I encourage everyone to my dear bloggers, viewers, and writers to read the Bible daily and to disregard the ad created by the gullible followers of Camping on the busy streets and major avenues! Don’t read the imaginary lies of Harold Camping right now!!!
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