Have you ever had an experience where you knew something was wrong in so many ways that you wanted to burst explaining why but could only blurt out that’s just wrong?
This is exactly how I have been feeling for some time about Harold Camping’s prediction of the end of the world this Saturday. I wasn’t going to address it thinking that the arrival of Sunday will address it for me, but then I thought that perhaps there are people who may really be struggling with this. Hence, my late post which I can only hope will reach some before Saturday.
Let’s get right into what you need to know: Harold Camping is wrong.
I could pick apart his rather massive amount of scriptural contortionism but that endeavor would be akin to unravelling a knotted ball of string the size of the earth with a pair of chopsticks. So, here’s what you need to know. Here’s the Harold Camping Refutation Quick Guide. Pay attention and read it carefully.
From any given day, we have at least 1,007 years until God destroys the earth and brings in the new heaven and the new earth.
Read the above sentence again.
We can know this with confidence because the Bible tells us there will be a 7 year tribulation starting when the Antichrist makes a peace treaty with Israel [Daniel 9:27]. At the end of his 7 year reign, Christ will defeat him in the final battle [Revelation 16:13-16, 19:11-21]. After this, Jesus Christ will reign physically on the earth for 1,000 years [Revelation 20:6]. At the end of this time, the earth and the heavens will be destroyed [Revelation 20:11] and and the new heaven and the new earth will be revealed [Revelation 21:1].
The 1,007 year count down will not begin until the Antichrist makes a peace treaty with Israel. Since we don’t know what day that will be, that allows us to say from any given day we have at least 1,007 years until God destroys the earth to bring in the new heaven and the new earth.
Don’t be fooled. Christ, Himself, says no one knows the day or the hour of His return, which is when the Rapture occurs.
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
[Matthew 24:36 NASB]
You can be certain this includes Harold Camping.
It’s unfortunate, as my friend pointed out on the phone today, that those who have yet to bend the knee to Christ will witness Camping’s unbiblical prediction pass and actually be pushed farther away from the Salvation they so desperately need.