20110520-030907.jpgHere’s the skinny: according to Harold Camping at 6:00 pm today (May 20th in the Western Hemisphere & May 21st in the Eastern) the world will start to experience the effects of a “rolling rapture” with the real-time experience happening at your personal 5/21/2011 6:00 pm moment. (Apparently, God, Who is no respecter of persons, is a BIG respecter of time zones and geography, and for a rapture to happen all at once would make a doomsday forecaster’s date wrong SOMEWHERE and that wouldn’t be nice at all. I digress…) Mr. Camping and his followers have spent countless dollars on a billboard & flyer campaign, with many of Camping’s followers handing out the flyers at street fairs, conventions, trade shows and casinos.
To be fair, Camping did conclude that the rapture would occur back in 1994. He revealed his conclusion in a book titled, 1994? When the end didn’t occur, Camping pointed out that he was uncertain of his date, hence the question mark. (I swear to God I’m not making this up.) Obviously, punctuation not only saves lives – “Let’s eat, children!” being a far different statement than “Let’s eat children!!!” – it also covers a multitude of sins. However, Camping says that this time he is “absolutely certain,” and to even consider that the Rapture would not occur on May 21st is tantamount to sinful.
So, what’s the deal? Should we live up the next few to several hours we have? Should we rush to a local church and pray that we get things right, just in case? Should we go out Steve-Buscemi style and take out tons of loans from loansharks and leave behind all that debt to the sinful gangster? Should we sell all we have and give it to the poor, then rush to the highest point in our area so as to save some hang time when we meet Jesus in the air?
The truth is, none of these are necessary. Why? Because I can guarantee that nothing Rapture related will happen on May 21st 6:00 pm anywhere in the world. (I can’t say anything about 6:01 or anytime after)
It’s a simple thing, really. As much as is revealed to us in Scripture (there’s a LOT), as much as there is to know (a TON) as much prophecy that has already been fulfilled (yeah, you can check it out) and as much prophecy is yet to be fulfilled, there is one item we are guaranteed in Scripture to not EVER be able to know: the date (never mind the time) of the rapture. Jesus said in Matthew 24:36, speaking of the day in which the end would be (specifically, when two would be in the field when suddenly one would be left behind – that’s the rapture, people):
“No one knows the day or hour. The angels in heaven don’t know, and the Son himself doesn’t know. Only the Father knows.”
As Camping claims to have come to his conclusion via intense Bible study, one can only conclude that he missed that verse entirely, because that pretty much settles that debate right there.
Also, let me be clear about one thing: while the Rapture won’t happen on May 21st, it WILL happen at some point, but there is no need to fear the Rapture or the One who knows when it will happen (NOT Harold Camping) because the One who knows is the same One who loves you enough to have already made a way for you.

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