The online apologetics and discernment work Apprising Ministries has been documenting the growing falling away of the mainstream evangelical community; and I’ve warned you that there is a tsunami of apostasy—pushed along by 1 Peter 4:17 judgments—headed toward the church visible.

Not a few of these judgments have come through evanjellyfish’s foolish embrace of the sinfully ecumenical Emergent Church, headed by the unholy trinity of apostates, Living Spiritual Teacher and EC guru Brian McLaren, universalist Emerging Church pastor Doug Pagitt, and his friend Tony Jones, the progressive “theologian in residence” at Solomon’s Porch.

Sadly, spiritual blindness continues to spread across the lukewarm landscape of the visible church leading to a real dearth of discernment within. Into this vacuum have come all kinds of deceptions and false prophets. One of those would be Harold Camping who, yet again, has prophesied that Judgment Day will begin in a little less than two hours EST as of this writing.

However, the evangelical apologetics ministry Watchman Fellowship is correct when it points out in Apocalypse Now! that:

Many groups such as the Branch-Davidians, Seventh-day Adventists, Elizabeth Claire Prophet with The Church Universal Triumphant, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and even the Mormon Church have, from time to time, prepared themselves to ride out the approaching apocalypse and the ensuing millennium…

There are other end-of-the-world predictors, such as Harold Camping. Prior to predicting the apocalypse and the end of the world, Camping was a somewhat respected radio Bible teacher, but he has been accused of becoming a false prophet by trying to predict a specific date for the end of the world. Camping said that he was almost certain that the period of the final tribulation and the end of the world would be September 1994. “Of course,” Camping added, “I never say absolutely. I’m human I might have missed something” (The New York Post, 20 August 1994)

One can certainly not predict the end of the world and be mistaken without being labeled a false prophet. Dr. John Walvoord, former president of Dallas Theological Seminary, says, “Anyone who sets a date is a screwball. Nobody has ever guessed the right date, you’d think they would learn” (Ibid.). (Online source)

You need to understand that true Biblical prophets’ prophecies are absolute because it is God Who is speaking through them, and there are no “do-overs,” what they prophesy either comes true, or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, the Bible is clear — when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him (Deuteronomy 18:22).

Harold Camping has brought disgrace to the Christian faith because 1) his foolish setting of dates is antibiblical and 2) he’s being passed off in the secular media as if he actually represents the historic orthodox Christian faith. He certainly doesn’t; in fact, by mocking God’s Word with his ridiculous speculations he is shown to be a fool. And as the hours dwindle before Harold Camping will be shown to have, again, spoken presumptuously he’s remaining silent.

I for one wish he’d taken this tact from the beginning. A couple of hours ago Reuters tells us in Broadcaster silent as Judgment Day hours tick by that:

With no sign his forecast of Judgment Day arriving on Saturday has come true, the 89-year-old California evangelical broadcaster and former civil engineer behind the pronouncement seemed to have gone silent.

Family Radio, the Christian stations network headed by Harold Camping which had spread his message of an approaching doomsday, was on Saturday playing recorded church music and devotional messages unrelated to the apocalypse.

Camping previously made a failed prediction Jesus Christ would return to Earth in 1994. In his latest pronouncement, he had said doomsday would begin in Asia, but with midnight local time come and gone in Tokyo and Beijing and those cities already in the early hours of May 22, there was no sign of the apocalypse. (Online source)

It’s not hard to find some humor in this Doomsday prophecy from Harold Camping; however, I also encourage you to also be praying for those who’ll be devastated to still find themselves standing upon terra firma on Sunday morning.

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