Return of Jesus, May 21st, 2011?
But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
v. 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13:32-33
A new false prophecy has caught many people’s attention here lately that the Lord will come on the date mentioned of May 21st, 2011. I shouldn’t say “new” as it’s been around for about 23 years, but in these last days, people are seeing what is happening around them and are looking for reasons for their happening. People are becoming fearful and there are people who, sadly, play on the fears of men that are not right with God Almighty.
There is a man by the name of Harold Camping who has postulated that we “can know the exact date of the Lord’s return” to paraphrase his position of the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you do a Google search using this date, you will find a large amount of information on this unscriptural doctrine that directly challenges what Jesus spoke of in Mark chapter 13 quoted above.
This man and his followers believe that the bible has a “Biblical Calendar of History” that can show, quote “The genealogies of the book of Genesis, primarily in chapters 5 and 11, can be shown to be a precise calendar of the history of mankind in this world. The Bible’s calendar of history is completely accurate and trustworthy.” From this springboard the doctrine launches into a distorted view of end time prophecy by twisting the word of God into what they wish it to say. Their points about the history of the world, are as follows:
11,013 BC—Creation. God created the world and man (Adam and Eve).
4990 BC—The flood of Noah’s day. All perished in a worldwide flood. Only Noah, his wife, and his 3 sons and their wives survived in the ark (6023 years from creation).
7 BC—The year Jesus Christ was born (11,006 years from creation).
33 AD—The year Jesus Christ was crucified and the church age began (11,045 years from creation; 5023 calendar years from the flood).
1988 AD—This year ended the church age and began the great tribulation period of 23 years (13,000 years from creation).
1994 AD—On September 7th, the first 2300-day period of the great tribulation came to an end and the latter rain began, commencing God’s plan to save a great multitude of people outside of the churches (13,006 years from creation).
2011 AD—On May 21st, Judgment Day will begin and the rapture (the taking up into heaven of God’s elect people) will occur at the end of the 23-year great tribulation. On October 21st, the world will be destroyed by fire (7000 years from the flood; 13,023 years from creation).
Notice that their “interpretation” of scripture says that we are in the tribulation right now. I would first ask them, where in the Bible is your scriptural support for any of this analogy?
Jesus made it plain that several things must happen before the great tribulation begins. Matthew chapter 24:
v. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” then on down, we read:
v. 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
v. 22. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Jesus speaks of wars and rumor of war, false prophets, false messiahs, and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. These are the beginning of sorrows and we see them all around us. But does that mean that today we are in the last part of the tribulation and Jesus is coming in a few short months? Can this be, or is this another false prophet who we need not take seriously? Let’s let the facts speak for themselves.
“On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping's believers gathered inside Alameda's Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years. Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven.
But the world did not end. Camping allowed that he may have made a mathematical error. He spent the next decade running new calculations, as well as overseeing a media company that has grown significantly in size and reach.” Mr. Camping is a mathematician and engineer by trade and conceded that he was wrong and set out to revise his formula to take another shot at predicting the return of our Lord. Of course, along the way, the man is going to make a lot of money from sheep who follow him and send him their tithes. Let us note that the Jehovah Witness have speculated the return of Jesus Christ since the late 1800’s and have been wrong every time. As they are in error, so is Mr. Camping.
I’ve had people that have emailed me concerned that the day of the Lord is close and asking for biblical direction. My first response is that if a mere man is predicting something that even Jesus Christ, or His angels have no knowledge of, but only the Father, then those predictions will fail, based on taking scripture out of context or twisting the sacred Words of the text.
Mr. Camping goes further into his false prophecy by claiming the following:
“May 21 st, 2011 is the equivalent date to the date when God shut the door on Noah’s ark. Through this and much other Biblical information, we find that May 21 st, 2011 will be the day when God takes up into heaven His elect people. May 21st, 2011 will be Judgment Day! This is the day God shuts the door of salvation on the world.
In other words, in having the great tribulation period conclude on a day that identifies with the 17th day of the 2nd month of Noah’s calendar, God is without question confirming to us that this is the day He intends to shut forever the door of entry into heaven:
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The Bible is very clear that Christ is the only way into heaven. He is the only portal into the glorious kingdom of heaven.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Once the door (Jesus) is shut on Judgment Day, there is no more salvation possible on earth”.
Although the scriptures are correct, his analogy is wrong
There are many problems associated with this false teaching which would take several pages to review, but the most glaring are the following, but not limited to just these:
1. When are the two witnesses suppose to come upon the scene and prophecy at the temple for 1260 days (3 ½ years) in sackcloth and perform miracles by bringing plagues on an unrepentant population, or shutting up the heavens to prevent rain and bringing fire down from heaven to destroy those that attempt to destroy them?
2. When is the abomination of desolation to begin, that a man will stand in a newly created temple and claim to be god in the flesh?
3. When was the temple built so that a figure of the man can be worshiped by godless men and set up in a wing of that temple so that all who fail to worship the idol image will be killed?
4. When was 2/3 of mankind extinguished by natural disasters, war, and famine?
5. Can Mr. Camping point to any of the seal judgments or bowl judgments that have begun? Any of them?
6. The above statement of not anyone receiving salvation after May 21, 2011 nullifies God’s word and the sealing of 144, 000 Jewish evangelist who will preach and a vast number of persons will accept Jesus as personal Savior during that 7 year period.
Obviously, any person with any discernment can see that none of these have transpired and there are many, many more that Mr. Camping neglects to explain. This self proclaimed prophet and seer was proclaimed by God of being a false prophet, and if a false prophet, then none of his predictions will come to pass. Deuteronomy 18:20-22:
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
v. 21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
v. 22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Note that this “prophet” has spoken of a time of Jesus return in previous years and it did not come to pass. Not to mention all the scriptural errors his doctrine espouses and they are many. When you read the book of Matthew, and coupled with Revelation and Daniel, then you will understand that this man should not be taken seriously.
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
v.3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
v4, But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
v. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
v. 6Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6.
The best way is to be a follower and believer in Jesus Christ and read and study your bible, you handbook for living in these days. Then you will not be duped by anyone coming and saying, “I have a word from the Lord.” You will know better.
Sadly, there is a judgment for people who distort the Word of God for whatever reason whether is be for money, prestige, or power. Only God knows their heart’s intent, but to pervert the Holy Bible and its message that came straight from Almighty God, is to trifle with your eternal destination. Revelation 22:18-19,
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
When He speaks of “this book” He, our Lord, means the whole book, from Genesis to Revelation as it all God’s Word, and we are not to change any of it or its message.
On the other side of this coin that we have addressed, is the fear of the people, just as it was in the day of Paul who feared that they were in the last days, and the Day of the Lord was right upon them. They feared that they had missed the return of Jesus Christ and were doomed to go through perilous times of great destruction heaped upon a disbelieving and unrighteous generation.
Now let’s turn to a real prophet and an apostle to Jesus Christ who will be correct in the words that he wrote, under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Let’s turn to read the words of the Apostle Paul:
II Thessalonians 2:3-5, Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness reveals himself, the son of destruction,
v4. who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as equivalent to God.
v. 5 Do you not remember that while I still remained with you, I told you these things?
Paul was reminding these people of the church in Thessalonica that people who came to them and told them that the Day of Lord had already passed and they were to endure the Tribulation, were false prophets. As it was then, so it is today. Paul went on in the same chapter:
And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will reveal himself.
V7, For the mystery of lawlessness already work; only he who now restrains will do so until God takes him out of the way.
v8 Then that lawless one will become revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;
v:9 namely, the one whose coming accords with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
v:10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to receive salvation.
Many on this site, have shown by using the Word of God, that there will be a 7 year span of time, called Daniel’s 70th week. In the beginning of that week, a man will rise up, as a peacemaker and make a treaty with Israel for 7 years. In the end, he will show that he is of the power of Satan, himself. He may introduce a peace treaty to try and solve the Israeli-Palestinian question over the rights to the land of Israel, God’s land. When he does, it will immediately start the clock of the countdown to the Kingdom of God, as Jesus permanently returns to this earth for a 1000 year reign….None of this mentioned above and found in your Bible has taken place, YET!! It is just over the horizon and the puzzle is forming and the picture is becoming more distinct and clear as we inch closer and closer to that prophetic time line’s end….Take any man’s word with a grain of salt, and as a good Berean, search the scriptures to see if these things be so. Just as is found in Acts 17:10-11:
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
v.11, These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
I readily understand the fear that I read in some of my emails concerning the predicted approaching of the Day of the Lord. They worry about their spiritual condition. Are they really saved? Are they in danger of missing the coming of the Lord in the clouds of heaven for His church? Will they end up experiencing the tribulation, or worse yet, end up in eternity without God and without hope? Or are they just excited at the prospect of Jesus coming even sooner than they thought? Only they and God knows their heart. These are all valid reasons and concerns of people who have heard the Word, either in church or in their family, but may never have given their life and strength to following the Lord with all their heart and mind, and they are worried. Are you worried?
Why not erase that fear today? Are you one of those people who have heard the call of the Holy Spirit, but have ignored His invitation? Are you afraid of an uncertain future and what is coming upon the earth? You can make that decision for Jesus right now.
When Peter was asked of the masses in Acts chapter 2, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?
v. 38” Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
I call on you today, to do as Peter spoke. Believe on the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved. THEN, live like it. Then you will not have to fear what is coming, but you can “lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh.”
If there is anything I can help you with, pray with you about, or just listen, drop me an email to email@example.com, This is Mike Taylor wishing you well, till we meet at Jesus feet. God bless you all.