Tomorrow is the day. Billboards around the world have proclaimed “Judgment Day May 21, 2011”. The “prophet” making the prediction is 89 year-old Harold Camping, president of the California-based Family Radio with 150 broadcasting outlets. Camping’s last prediction for the end of the world was September 1994, and we all know how that one turned out.
In 1000A.D. panic was high in Rome and many gave all their worldly goods to the church because the end of the world was expected as the new millennium dawned.
In 1843, American preacher William Miller predicted the end of the world twice, March 21st and October 22nd. The unfulfilled prophecy became known as the Great Disappointment, as one of the followers reported on the day after, “We wept, and wept, till the day dawned”.
1919, 1982, 1988, 1989 and 2000, were years rife with predictions of the end by respected evangelical preachers. The only ones ahead of us in the foolish prediction business are the Jehovah’s Witness, who predicted doomsday in 1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975 and 1994.
What’s the source for these calculations? Mostly complicated mathematical equations and interpretations of alignments of the stars, and preachers with illusions of grandeur.
Wouldn’t that be the ultimate claim to fame; “I figured out the day of the rapture”.
Meanwhile Jesus said; “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” [Mt 24:14]. 1-2 billion still haven’t heard the Gospel. That should be our focus. That’s why I leave for India late Sunday night. I’m looking for a MEGA-HARVEST of people coming to Christ.