Ocean Grove, N.J. – Will Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham and oldest son of Franklin Graham, responded Saturday to Harold Camping's failed doomsday date.
Half an hour after 6:00 p.m. – the time of the predicted rapture – Graham was standing backstage at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, N.J., chatting with reporters and getting ready to preach before thousands attending the second day of the Jersey Shore Will Graham Celebration.
"Harold couldn't be more right. The end of the world is coming," Graham told The Christian Post. "We just don't know the time of it. From his calculations, he was off. I don't think there is any man on earth who can ever really calculate to any degree when the return of Christ is going to be." more >>
On Saturday, a small island in Iceland witnessed its most active volcano, Grimsvotn, erupt around 5:30 p.m. local time, close to the hour that Harold Camping predicted Judgment Day would begin.
Though Iceland closed its main international airport and canceled domestic flights due to the spread of ash, smoke and steam up to 12 miles into the air, the eruption seems to be reducing in size, according to Magnús Tumi Gudmundsson, professor of Geophysics at the University of Iceland, as reported by The Associated Press.
“The fissure is not so long, maybe 500 to 800 meters wide, but extremely powerful when it goes at full blast,” he said. more >>
Now that Harold Camping has been proven false again with the coming and going of May 21 and no signs of any judgment or rapture, the world is left to wonder what Christians really do believe about the end times.
Ligonier Ministries, a prominent Reformed education organization, released a series of teachings on the subject of the last days to provide some clarity amid apparent confusion.
"There's all kinds of debate about what actually is going to take place in the rapture and again when the rapture will take place," said prominent theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul, founder of Ligonier. more >>
While standing in Times Square and watching the clock tick, one avid believer of Harold Camping's May 21 rapture prediction stood there perplexed by his obvious earthbound stay.
"I don't understand why nothing has happened," Robert Fitzpatrick said, according to the New York Daily News, after waiting for the end of the world to begin at 6 p.m. local time. "I did what I had to do. I did what the Bible said," or in this case, what Harold Camping told him to do.
A blank stare to a failed prediction. more >>
Judgment Day in California, where Harold Camping resides, never came.
It's now well past 6 p.m. PST, the time when Camping expected to be raptured.
The Family Radio president predicted that earthquakes would begin at 6 p.m. in each time zone on May 21 to alert the world that the end of the world has begun and that a small percentage of the world's population would rapture. more >>
Ask Family Radio spokesman Anthony Hernandez how Christians can find the same evidence Family Radio founder Harold Camping found linking the rapture to May 21, 2011, and he'll tell you to search the scriptures. But is that kind of information really found in the Bible? A Fuller Theological Seminary professor says no.
"There are certain things about the faith that are really hidden behind the veil and belong there," said Clay Schmit, professor of preaching at Fuller. "For us to seek after those things is to use the Bible in a way that is wrong."
Humans have a natural desire, dating to back to Eve, to get the "inside scoop" on God's word, Schmit said. However, those who use the Bible to support theories, equations or concepts that are not plainly found in the text, are going beyond the purpose of scriptures. more >>