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Harold Camping’s At It Again

December 5, 2010

Yes, you read that right. More of Camping’s May 21, 2011 Rapture date-setting nonsense has appeared. I wrote about this earlier in the year when it was reported that a woman had paid to have Camping’s message placed on a bunch of bus benches in Denver, Colorado, if memory serves me.

Billboard

Well this time, Camping’s convinced another woman, in Detroit this time, to pay to have these billboards erected in, not only Detroit but, eight other cities. Get this, apparently Camping believes that by lying about what the Bible says, he will convince the world that the Bible is the infallible Word of God! The extent of Camping’s lie will be revealed in just about six-months. Stay tuned and pray that his followers wake-up to the Truth and listen to what God has said, after their false prophet has been revealed to be the colossal fraud that he is.

I would that I could just ignore the Harold Campings of the world, but, as long as they are able to deceive people into supporting their nonsense, I have to say something.

Harold Camping is, as most informed Believers know, the brains behind "Family Radio," a shortwave outlet based in United States. His "ministry" serves as an outlet for some of the worse examples of professing Christianity and psudo-Christian cults one can find, such as the Aryan Nations-like "Identity Christianity" movement. Most of these people would rather drink the Kool-Aid than believe God loves anyone other than blond-haired, blue-eyed North Americans. Anyhow, that’s a subject best left for some other time.

In an article on the Detroit Free Press web site, "freep.com", the writer, one Niraj Warikoo, who clearly knows nothing about what the Bible has to say concerning the Rapture, tried to make some sense out of Camping’s message with what other people have said the Bible says. Of course, it sounds like the rantings of a lunatic, and of course, the writer attempts to tie sane Christians to it by referring to the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, which reports that four out of five Christians believe that Jesus will come back. Too bad Pew didn’t bother to mention that only idiots set dates for the Event because, you see, the Bible is pretty clear that no man knows when Jesus will return: Only God the Father knows, and he isn’t telling anybody, especially Harold Camping. Matthew 24:36 reads: "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." Now, that quotation does not refer explicitly to the Rapture. It is a reference to the Second Coming; the date of which cannot be calculated until the Great Tribulation begins. Since the Great Tribulation does not begin until after the Rapture has taken place, the timing of the Rapture cannot be calculated either.

They also failed to mention that another date-setter, Edgar C. Whisenant produced a little pamphlet back in 1988, (the same year Camping says the Great Tribulation began,) entitled "88 REASONS Why The Rapture Will Be In 1988", with a subtitle of "The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh-Hash-Ana) September 11-12-13." Flipping the booklet over reveals a second booklet which contains Whisenant’s "proof" that his interpretation is "sound." Did World War III start on October 3, 1988, with a Syrian attack upon Israel? Don’t worry. You didn’t miss anything. It never happened. Another false prophet is unmasked.

Well, as you may have already determined, the Rapture didn’t happen in 1988 and neither did the Great Tribulation begin then, either. Can you guess who hasn’t written any subsequent books on the End Times?

Now, I know that my regular readers know that I have little patience for people like Camping and Whisenant. They misrepresent the Church and, more importantly, they misrepresent God before Mankind. They sew seeds of confusion in the hearts and minds of people who have not yet learned to avoid these date-setters. God knows, I spent quite a few years, when I was just a young Christian, in a state of terrible confusion, thanks, in part, to people like them. Thankfully, God was holding on tightly to me because I was ready to walk away from what seemed to be to be a bunch of greedy-for-gain, dysfunctional, control-freaks.

Remember that the Lord Jesus said that in the last days there would be false prophets all over the place. So as the Apostles reminded their readers, I am reminding whoever might read this post. Harold Camping is a false prophet, just as Edgar C. Whisenant was. DO NOT take anything they say seriously.

The freep reporter interviewed a Rev. Ed Rowe of the Central United Methodist Church. The "Rev" is reported to have said if "Jesus is coming, that’s cool," in addition to commenting that Christians should act out the message of Jesus, whatever that means. I suspect the "Rev" is a progressive advocate of the social gospel, which is more about politics than anything else. His comment about keeping "… people in their homes," has him standing alongside that ACORN crowd, which is very far from where the Lord Jesus would be standing. The "Rev" should read Matthew 18:6 again. "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." I would remind the "Rev" that the Word also councils him to examine himself to see if he’s still in the faith. (II Corinthians 13:5)

In spite of these lunatics, we should care about the Second Coming. The Apostle John tells us in his first general Epistle that "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself,even as he is pure." (I John 3:2-3.)

Likewise, the Apostle Peter writes in II Peter 3:13-14: "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless."

Nowhere are we instructed to be more concerned about the things of this world than we are about watching for the Lord’s return. The "Rev" has it wrong, which shouldn’t come as all that big a surprise. He has his own traditions (Matt. 15:3) that he believes are as authoritative as the Word of God itself. that, in spite of the fact that they contradict and substitute themselves for that very same Word.

So in the meantime, what’s a Christian to do? Do that which God has given us to do while we wait patiently on Him. God has His plan and it operates according to His timing. Creation will be fully redeemed and Sin completely expelled. I believe it will happen soon. That’s where my new home will be. I have His promise. That’s where my hope lies. I pray you will obtain from God that same hope, confidence and peace that He gave me. It won’t be long now.

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." II Peter 3:10-16.

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So, What Is It Already?

December 2, 2010

It seems that drivers somewhere in New York City are getting an eyeful thanks to a group called the "American Atheists." American Atheists Billboard

Now, I listened to Fox News interview the president of the American Atheists and part of his argument actually held water. Adherents to the religion of Christendom have no one to blame but themselves for attacks like that. In effect, what this fellow said was that Christianity was not the only religion that had tried hanging the birthday of their god on the winter solstice. Had Christendom not done just that, the atheists would have to look elsewhere for many of  their arguments. So, what’s wrong with Christmas and the birth of the Lord Jesus? Our lord wasn’t born then, that’s all. The association between the two came about basically, as a political expediency (trying to please everyone), for the Roman Emperor Constantine’s government, which had recently made Christianity legitimate. Those events of history are well known. Alexander Hislop’s: "The Two Babylons" and Dave Hunt’s: "A Woman Rides the Beast" combine much of the history surrounding the so-called "Holy Roman Empire" and the merger and integration of pagan religions with the early organized Christianity which later became what we call Christendom, into a readable form. To learn the season of the Lord’s birth, however, we have to go to the Scriptures. They are our final authority. If "facts" don’t fit the Scriptural record, either we are not rightly dividing the Word of truth, or our understanding of the "facts" is deficient. In Luke, Chapter 1 we read of the events leading up to Jesus’ birth. In verse 5, we learn about a priest named Zacharias. Now this priest was part of the course of Abia(Gk) or Abijah(Heb). Now, what is a "course" and what is "Abia"? How do they relate to figuring out when Jesus was born. In I Chronicles, Chapter 28, Verses 11-13 and 19, we learn that the courses of priests were given initially to King David, as part of a larger instruction concerning the Temple, who passed them down to his son, Solomon. The organization of the Temple was quite complex and very detailed. Following are some of the divisions of service described in the Bible: Priests (1 Chronicles 24:1-19) Priests’ Assistants (1 Chronicles 23:4,28) Singers (1 Chronicles 25:7-31) Musicians (1 Chronicles 23:5) Gatekeepers (1 Chronicles 26:1-19) Keepers of the Treasure (1 Chronicles 26:20-28) Officers and Judges (1 Chronicles 26:29-32). The priests and the Levites were divided into 24 courses within their assigned class. Each course lasted 7 days (1 Chronicles 9:25). The service began and ended on the Sabbath (2 Chronicles 23:8). In addition, all the priests served for 3 extra weeks during the year (Deuteronomy 16:16). We’re not going to get into all the details here because I want you to look up this stuff yourself. That way, you’ll own your results and you’ll be better able to share them with those you come into contact with. Back to the Bible, we read in the account according to Luke, where we learn what Zacharias was doing and when he was doing it. This is why we need to understand the history of the Temple and how it worked. It contains the foundation of historical information we need to determine the season of the Advent. I say the "season" because I do not believe we can ever really nail down the exact date. As we move further away in history from any event, our accuracy is diminished because memories fade, records are lost, corrupted, and destroyed. That too, is part of Sin. Not being one to reinvent the wheel, there is a web site you can look at that lays this information out pretty clearly. " http://biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm ." Having studied the historical information, (You did study it. Right?), comprehending the material at the above web site should be a breeze. Okay. Now, we should be able to understand that our Lord and Savior was really born sometime between late September and early October, not at the end of December. What does occur in late December is the Winter Solstice which has been a time of celebration for pagans, (people who worship nature and things associated with the natural world), since time immemorial. Hislop and Hunt explain in an understandable way, why early Christianity was joined to paganism, albeit kicking and screaming, by the religious and political leaders of the day, to eventually become the religion of Christendom, with Jesus being born on December 25th. The religion of Christendom is intellectually dishonest and that fact was the major reason I separated myself from it. Tell me, ignoring the evidence, that red is black, for example, and I’ll assume you’re either blind or a deceiver, and walk rapidly away from you, whatever your rap happens to be. Organized religion is like that. Unfortunately, people, like the atheist group, see this and assume that all Christians are nothing more than a pack of idiots because they ignore the evidence of their own eyes and, in this case, the evidence presented by their own Scriptures! Is it any wonder we can’t sit and talk with them around the same table concerning, for example, origins? The Holy Scriptures, rightly divided, do not stand in opposition to reason and common sense, even though they do record the miraculous. Those of us who rightly divide the Word need to rise above this Christmas controversy and promote an understanding of the truth. While we may never see the American Atheists change their billboard, we will see many of those who follow their philosophy soften their tone and even some will take time to listen to what God has said and be saved by receiving that knowledge. After all, we don’t want to take anything away from those pagans and atheists; We would, rather, have them walk away of their own free will, having found something better. Some of the supplemental historical information for preparing this article comes from the book: "The Temple – Its Ministry and Services" by Alfred Edersheim. The book is a fascinating, accurate, look back in time to when our Lord and Savior walked the environs of Jerusalem and Israel. The book is available at: " http://www.ccel.org/ccel/edersheim/temple.html ." In closing this session, let me remind my readers that Christmas is not a significant day, theologically, in Biblical Christianity. The Apostle Paul wrote: "Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." I Corinthians 15:12-19. It is Resurrection Day that should be celebrated by us. Notice I said Resurrection Day, not Easter. The latter is yet another day, like Christmas, that is the result of melding Christianity and paganism together; and just as the Scripture confirms, all you get by mixing something that is holy with something corrupt is more corruption. See Haggai 2:11-14. Yes, there are difficulties associated with when and how to observe Resurrection Day. Most of those are creations of Christendom itself, in a continuing effort to preserve its power and wealth. Perhaps we will examine that controversy later. =-=-=-=-= Powered by Bilbo Blogger