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Willing to bet that the May 21 rapture will not happen? Prison Minister Marty Angelo is and he is willing to offer $10,000 to Harold Camping.
Angelo, who usually reaches out to prisoners, substance abusers and troubled celebrities, recently said that he is willing to offer the money to Camping if the prediction about being raptured on Saturday turns out to be true. Regardless of the outcome tomorrow after 6 p.m. – the predicted time of judgment day – Angelo will win. If the world does end, he will not be able to give the money to Camping, but if the prophesy turns out to be false, Angelo will certainly want his money.
Of course, Angelo is only making the bet because he knows the rapture will not happen on Saturday. His willingness to offer his money comes out of the exhaustion of hearing about all the doomsday prophesies, two of which he “survived.”
“Harold Camping is going to be proved wrong. I'd give him a million dollars. It's just ridiculous,” Angelo told The Christian Post.
While working for Teen Challenge in California during the 1980s, he remembered hearing about churches hosting rallies because they honestly believed that Jesus was coming in 1988, based on Edgar C. Whisenant’s book, 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988.
Angelo laughed then and continues to laugh now.
He left California for a few years and then went back and asked an old friend, who had been part of the rally, about the people who believed that the world was going to end in 1988. His friend replied, “There is one remaining and it is this old lady here; everyone else is gone and they didn't stick with it.”
It’s all about the money, Angelo pointed out.
Whisenant published a book later saying that he had miscalculated and then sold millions of copies, and it’s just the same now, Angelo emphasized.
“These people are making a fortune off of people that just don’t read the Bible themselves. They rely on these, they become like parrots repeating what this guy is saying. They watch television instead of opening the Bible and study what Christ really said.”
Another friend of his who helps him design his website and who recently got out of Bible college, told him that some people are not even bothering going to college because they believe that Jesus is coming back, so why bother getting an education?
“People make stupid decisions like that,” said Angelo, appalled.
The minister urged people to read their Bibles before believing in these false prophets, whom Apostle Paul from the New Testament, warned us about.
“We have a guy like Harold Camping trying to take away all the glory from what God has done here on earth,” he lamented.
Angelo, who during his youth struggled with drug addiction and went to prison for it, is currently ministering to convicts and he believes that people who believe in Camping “are in a worse prison than the guys serving time for drug possession. At least they know they are in prison. These people that are waiting for heaven, they may not call it prison but it is prison.”
Those who believe in Camping don’t believe in Jesus, Angelo boldly shared with CP. The Bible lays it all out for us.
“Camping has the nerve and the audacity to say that Jesus is wrong and that the apostles are wrong? Because that is what he is really saying.”
“He and all the other ‘prophets’ just confuse people. No wonder Christianity is so splintered,” Angelo concluded.