Here’s a great response by Ralph Tone, a consultant with Lifeway Christian Resources, to the fellow from California who has predicted when the Rapture of the church is going to take place–May 21, 2011–and the end of the world–October 21, 2011. For the full article, go to http://www.baptistpress.com/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=35266.
My thoughts? I wouldn’t cancel any appointments you have for May 22. Or October 22, for that matter.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Maybe you’ve seen them while watching and waiting in traffic.
A billboard in Oklahoma proclaims, “Noah knew. We can know.” Another in Nashville says, “The wise men knew, we can know.” A billboard in another country, Tanzania, reveals a little more information, “The rapture — May 21, 2011. The end of the world Oct 21, 2011.”
Not limited to billboards and bus benches, the message has gone mobile. “Noah knew” panel trucks are navigating the highways and byways of Minneapolis and New York. There’s even a mobile messenger in Ohio driving around with the vanity license plate 5212011.
The billboard blitz is courtesy of Harold Camping’s Family Radio ministry based in Oakland, Calif. According to Camping and his “ambassadors,” the rapture will occur on May 21, 2011 and God will destroy the world 153 days later on October 21.
The fact that Camping, according to a CNN investigation, previously predicted the end to occur on Sept. 6, 1994 hasn’t seemed to deter the prophetic fervor surrounding his latest end time recalibration.
Should we join the movement? Probably not. Biblical teaching can be an inconvenient truth to those who would set a month, day and year to Christ’s return.