Rapture (Not According to Blondie)

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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9 thoughts on “Rapture (Not According to Blondie)

  1. The son does not know- who is the son? The son in this verse is the (son of perdition) Jesus Christ is eternal God the son of God please check out you theology mister!

  2. My theology is sound, but I appreciate the derision. 🙂 The point is not who the son is. In fact, the point is not who doesn’t know (when the Rapture will occur), but Who does know. That verse is clear: Only the Father knows.

  3. But, seriously, thanks for reading and taking the time to reply. I hope you continue to do both.

  4. Thank you! I was just saying this today. Only God knows when things will happen ~ AND God is Love, therefore embracing you fully in spirit. I’m so tired of people making God out to be some vengeful, mean spirited higher power. That is such a human trait (ego) ~ They are the ones that will have to reflect on how they made others fear a loving & forgiving God; as well as turn people off to Christianity. If there is to be an end, I don’t believe God would destroy Mother Earth. I think it would be an end to unloving, uncaring people and the power money has over people & their egos. A different world would emerge.

  5. Thanks for reading and replying. I’m with you on most of your points, however, Scripture is clear on this issue: At some point Heaven and Earth will pass away. We can take comfort in knowing that God will accomplish this by creating a new Heaven and a new Earth, but it doesn’t change the fact that one day this will pass. Sadly, I also have to disagree with you as to what would make a “different world.” (I take different in this sense to mean “better” so, my apologies if that was not the intent) There is one thing that changes the heart; that is a willing surrender to and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior and King. Period.
    Please keep reading and replying. Interaction and community is the other half of all of this.

  6. Matthew 24:36 has been my standard reply to every utterance about this. That’s it folks. Matthew 24:36.

    Nice post!

  7. Can’t believe I never saw this. Thanks for reading. Please continue and let me know if you write anything.