May 21 Judgment Day

May 21, 2011 by staff 

May 21 Judgment DayMay 21 Judgment Day, Point fences roads worldwide and a fleet of buses spent months touring the U.S. – all to announce that the Day of Judgement will take place this Saturday, May 21 to the world after 21 October. The proposed dates are courtesy of Harold Camping, the eccentric author of 89-year-old radio personality and president of California based Family Radio. He says the rapture will take place on Saturday.

Camping said to derive from the May 21 start date for the promise of God to Noah in Genesis 7:04 to send a flood in seven days. States that also calculated the exact day of the biblical flood. After the information linked to 2 Peter 3:8, which says: “With the Lord a day is as a thousand years.” Therefore, Camping, say, seven days in Genesis 7:4 really means 7,000 years, and from the first day of the flood, 7,000 years amounts to 21 May 2011.

And as unlikely that the calculations appear, many have bought in the prediction of Camping. They do this despite the poor record and camping for predictions. Previously, said the day of the trial would take place in September 1994. When that date passed without incident, is recalculated and finally settled on the current date. He can do the same after 21 May.

Predictions of the end times are nothing new, and camping will not be the last to try. But Camping can be sure of this: the billboard and the tour bus stunts have gained some media attention and revived the old serious debate about when and how the return of Christ will take place.

Naming a specific date for the return of Christ is not biblical, Southern Baptist scholars say.

“I hope the Reverend Harold Camping is just Jesus and the Day of Judgement is coming May 21 – Maranatha – even now, come Lord Jesus!” Said Steve Lemke, provost of New Orleans refers Baptist Theological Seminary both 1 Corinthians 16:22 and Revelation 22:20. “However, it is probably wrong, since he has been wrong before. Since Scripture tells us that no one knows the day and time of the return of Christ (Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32), makes predicting Camping May 21 one of the likely day for the return of Christ. ”

Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32 says: “Nobody knows the day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Lemke and David Allen, dean of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Theology, co-edited a new book, “The Return of Christ: A premillennial perspective” (B & H Academic), which examines, from a premillennial position, what Scripture says about the last time. The book grew out of Acts 1:11 November 2009 Conference sponsored by the Jerry Vines Ministries. It features essays by prominent Southern Baptist leaders as Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson, the Southeastern Seminary President Daniel Akin, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Richard Land, Junior Hill, evangelist and pastor Jerry Vines.

“Our book is a premillennial pretribulationism defense, namely, that the rapture will occur before a period of seven years of tribulation, followed by the return of Christ to earth to reign for 1,000 years,” said Allen. “Our purpose of the book is to give Christians a readable yet scholarly presentation of this subject.”

Of course, stop well short of naming a specific date for the return of Christ. Craig Blaising, rector of the Seminary of the Southwest and collaborator of books, the name of other self-proclaimed prophets who wrongly predicted the second coming of Christ. One of them was William Miller, who correctly predicted the return of Christ in 1843.

“After that failure, said he made a mistake and recalculated for the March 21, 1844,” Blaising said. “Obviously, that date as well.”

There was also Edgar Whisenant, who predicted the Rapture would occur in 1988, then again in 1989.

“Camping is just the latest in a list of those who try to contradict the clear teaching of Scripture that the time is unknown,” Blaising said.

Allen, Southwestern Seminary, said at the words of Jesus and contradictory statements from the campsite, you would trust Jesus.

“Jesus said no one knows the day nor the hour of his return. I suspect that Jesus knows more about this than anyone familiar radio,” said Allen. “I think it’s always better to trust the Bible on these things that people do and say things contradictory to the Bible.”

Allen offers a glimpse into their personal plans for the 21 May. After teaching a class in New Hampshire, Allen and his wife plan to enjoy a sightseeing tour, followed by dinner. At the same time, however, Allen said he is ready when Jesus returns Saturday.

“If Jesus returns on May 21, great! I’m ready!” Allen said. “I try to live each day as if that would be the day that Jesus would return. For the Christian who is awaiting the return of Christ, no prediction of the date of their return or the end of the world makes concern or us less scary. For Christians, the return of Christ is our “blessed hope ‘.”

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