'Left Behind' Author: May 21 Doomsday Is 'Flat Out Wrong'

Left Behind author Tim Lahaye says that “anyone who thinks they ‘know’ the day and the hour is flat out wrong.”

On his website, the best-selling author recently wrote a letter to the public advising them not to buy into Harold Camping's prediction that May 21 is the beginning of the end of the world. He remarked that it “is not only wrong but dangerous.” He also said the claim that God will destroy the world on October 21 "is not only bizarre but 100% wrong!"

An evangelical minister, Lahaye, 85, has recently drawn attention himself after pointing out that the recent earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan are signs of the apocalypse just as he laid out in his fictionalized version of the end of days.

Nevertheless, he does not think that Camping’s prediction is correct because according to the Bible, “no one but God the Father knows ‘the day and the hour’ when our Lord will return.”

“No one knows, not even the angels in heaven, but my Father only (Matthew 24:36). These words were preceded with verse 35, when He also said, 'Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.'"

Camping and his followers have posted the May 21 rapture day prediction all over billboards and buses through Family Radio ministry.

LaHaye reminded the public that this isn’t Camping’s first infamous prediction. In September 1994 his so-called end of the world prediction failed.

“Yet it seems he is still coming up with a date for Christ's return which seemingly only he has insight into – as he was wrong before so he is wrong now,” Lahaye wrote.

The Michigan native concluded that instead of focusing on preposterous assumptions, all God wants people to do is “to live every day as though Christ could come today.”

Focusing on the today and living by Christ’s Gospel is “a great motto for daily living,” he emphasized.

“For one day it will happen and we don't know when, but we don't want you to be left behind!”

LaHaye originated the idea of a novel about the Second Coming. He and Jerry B. Jenkins began the Left Behind series in 1995. Over 11 million copies in the series have been sold.

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