As the May 21 Judgment Day prediction fizzled, pastors were left with having to address the resulting mockery from the public as well as the lingering questions with their congregations the day after.
"Well, the end of the world didn't come, did it?" Pastor Greg Laurie said Sunday as he began his sermon at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Southern California.
While calling Harold Camping's teachings and prediction that the rapture would occur on Saturday all "a big mess," Laurie acknowledged the unfortunate consequences from yet another failed doomsday prediction. more >>
Harold Camping on Monday is expected to deliver his first public statement on his failed Judgment Day prediction.
In a breaking news post, International Business Times reports that Camping told the paper he would make his statement in a "public forum" sometime on Monday to explain why he had chosen May 21, 2011, as Judgment Day and why it had failed.
Asked why Camping has been silent until now, the Christian radio broadcaster told IBTimes that he needed time to "think and recover" after the rapture didn't happen. more >>
Harold Camping resurfaced at his home and said the weekend was “tough” after his prediction of global rapture failed to materialize on Saturday.
“It has been a really tough weekend,” Camping, 89, said in front of his Alameda, Calif., home to The San Francisco Chronicle Sunday afternoon.
“I’m looking for answers,” he said, admitting that he was “flabbergasted.” more >>
Now that the fake judgment day, May 21st, has come and gone without a ripple (or a rapture for that matter) let’s talk a bit about the real Judgment Days. That’s right, according to the Bible there are two of them.
There’s a judgment day for the believers that the apostle Paul nicknamed “the judgment seat of Christ” in 2 Corinthians 5:10. And there’s a judgment day for unbelievers that Christians have nicknamed “the great white throne judgment” based on Revelation 20:11-15. Each of these judgment days are intense and awe-inspiring, but they each serve a different and dynamic purpose.
Here’s the bottom line difference: the judgment seat of Christ is a rewarding stand for the believer while the great white throne judgment is a criminal court of law where sentences of everlasting destruction are passed out. This conclusion is not only clear contextually, but with the actual Greek words used to describe each judgment. more >>
Harold Camping is not a “cult leader,” “crackpot,” or “malicious,” maintains an evangelical known for his thoughtful commentaries on faith, politics, church and culture.
Camping can be accused of being arrogant, but he probably sincerely believed that the rapture would take place on May 21, 2011, writes Dr. Timothy Dalrymple, managing editor of Patheos’ evangelical portal.
“I do not believe that Harold Camping is a crackpot or a cult leader, though some will construe him as such,” wrote Dalrymple in the blog post, “A Letter to Harold Camping and Those Who Expected Judgment Day,” uploaded on Patheos at 6:40 p.m. on Saturday. more >>
So after the false prediction of Harold Camping, who said Judgment Day would begin on May 21, let's look back to what 16th century Reformed theologian John Calvin had to say about knowing when the last days will be upon us.
Matthew 24:36 Commentary:
But of that day and hour no man knoweth, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father alone. more >>