Harold Camping's Failed 1994 Rapture Prediction

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​​Greetings, hardcore rapture party rats! We don't want to rain on your parade as you prepare to celebrate this Saturday, May 21, 2011, the date Oakland Bible maven and Family Radio President Harold Camping has picked as the end of the world. But, well, we think some management of expectations is in order here. You see, it turns out that Camping has predicted the end of the world before -- and been wrong.

That's right: Camping, an eccentric civil engineer, bet the farm back in the day on his prior prophecy that Jesus would return and bring the end of times in 1994. He even wrote an entire book on the subject: 1994? So while we know you're busy ticking off your Rapture Bucket List, you might want to reconsider your plans to tell off your boss and have lots of unprotected sex in the next 48 hours, because there's a fair chance you'll still be here on Monday.

Don't be sad. A few Biblical scholars recently graced this blog's comments section with some enlightening insights on the rapture. It's going to happen, they say -- just not on Saturday.

As the astute "ManlyMan2" pointed out:

Sorry to be the party pooper, but there is no Rapture this month ! The signs are not yet all here; most are but not all. The antiChrist has to announce himself, this will be the last event before the Rapture so that the loyal in Christ will be spared from the terrible events to follow. Some say that it is obama, and others say he is too stupid to be the devil himself, but this could a plot to appear dumb, "Dumb like a Fox" !!!

Don't worry, ManlyMan2, you're no party-pooper, and we suspect you are not Dumb like a Fox. Perhaps Dumb like a Centipede.

UP NEXT: More theological predictions from our commenters on when the world will end. Shocking stuff ahead.

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Myrtle Schultz
Myrtle Schultz

Ha, this is truly a nuisance .. I mean the devil still has to make himself known to everyone before the Apocalypse is going to happen..Mormon Underwear

Haroldtards
Haroldtards

Haroldtards:Followers and believers in Harold Camping's prophecy's.

CTranger
CTranger

I got married in 1994. Looking back I can say that that was the end of my world.

John Cowan
John Cowan

 Well, it is Monday morning. 6:20am ESTD, and the faithful are still among the rest of humanity. Even if there were to be a grace period for Mr. Camping's prediction, I think it has already passed. Back to life as normal. This is John Cowan, signing off.

Geust
Geust

Shouldn't there be some kind of news about Hogwart's revealing itself to the muggles, Dumbledore's death and so on beforehand? I mean That what the book says, doesn't it?

Whutchins254
Whutchins254

The predicted time (sundown in Jerusalem) is passed. Camping is wrong yet again. Get ye ready for the next false prophet...

1uncle
1uncle

Bible says end will happen when nobody expects it Nobody expects it today the 21st, so DUCK !

Crunchberry
Crunchberry

People who believed this man were fools. Just open up the Bible and read what it says. The people who make fun of Christians and the whole rapture thing are fools as well. It will happen sometime and there will be no warning. So..be ready...either to go to heaven or stay here and face a lot of really bad crap.  

Mill Park2
Mill Park2

Amazing discussion about a bunch of crap made up 2,000 years ago. 

Whutchins254
Whutchins254

 Someday, friend, you and all of similar opinions will discover it is NOT 'made up' and I sincerely pray you discover it before it is too late. God bless you.

Roflyeahno
Roflyeahno

 I don't think any of us want your meaningless blessings.

pugszb
pugszb

 The bible says beware of false prophets.  That this guy could scam $72 million out of the general population of America makes me worry about who I am sharing this country with.  The Tards are out in full force today.  

Vincent Haakmat
Vincent Haakmat

I am a Christian and bible reader, but I don't believe in the rapture he way it is being explained today. It just doesn't make sense. Jesus said in Luke "some of you will still be alive when I return". So that can only mean 1 of 3 things :1. We have some 2000 year old deciples walking around..... Don't think so2. Jesus made a mistake, He didn't know heaven would take so ling building the mansions... Don't think so.3. He did return, just not in a way people expected... That is more likely.The rest I'll leave for another discussion which we just can't do here in his topic.

Lynn Schuldt
Lynn Schuldt

Hi,I will tell you why the "Rapture" failed to materialize. This will be a disappointment to many, but, this is why. The "Apocalypse" and "Rapture" happened nearly 2000 years ago, if you are to believe the Bible. The actual "end of the age" including "being taken" was to happen in the near future of the disciples, not you! That means the late first century. Check out the proof: http://lynnish.tripod.com/. It is an entire theme in the New Testament most of us choose not to see.  If you would like more info, let me know! I wrote the well documented book, "Prophecy Paradox, the Case for a First Century End Time"Lynn Schuldt

Hoser
Hoser

Ready for another shock? This kind of foolishness is the same as catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (AGW). Dumb as rocks politicians and self-serving scientists on the research grant gravy train claim humans are the cause of warming. In my opinion we don't have that ability. Power-hungry politicians and corrupt scientists are using the fear (and possibly sick pleasure for some people) of the end of the world to keep their scams going. AGW has become a religion, and article of faith that people are killing the planet. What is really happening? Governments are taking more control over our lives, killing economies, and taking our jobs away. Green politics will ultimately make you live a third world lifestyle, and enslaved, or dead.

Mike
Mike

 This is why Protestantism can be dangerous.

Sola Scriptura.

Xj6response
Xj6response

 As I recall, the Holy Bible prescribes the death penalty for false prophets  Deu 18:20  

Presuming to speak for God is touchy business. At least it used to be.  It's also tragic that such men should  accumulate nearly $70 million in assets, under the aegis of a 'non-profit' organization.  Yet, there will be rationalization of all this, there always is. Life will go on and Christians will occupy themselves throwing theological spitballs at each other. Little wonder billions of souls look askance at the church as some sort of pathetic anachronism. 

truth4real
truth4real

Jesus is coming again, but to say that if you don't believe now, you will once you're left behind and have your second chance, just isn't in the Bible. So it's best to be ready because even the "rapture" verse that says we will be caught up with him in the air, also says that so we shall ever be with him, but rapture theory believers think that Jesus will go to heaven and drop us off so he can come back to judge the world. Every scripture verse that describes Jesus' return, never talks about him returning and then a little later, returning again to judge. When it says that we will meet him in the air, we will ever be with him because we will join our king in his procession so we can reign with him for a thousand years. And so shall we ever be with him. So if you're not a believer, ask God to show you the truth because there won't be any  'left behind' second chances.

aki009
aki009

I believe in the End of the World. It'll happen at the very latest when either a big enough piece of rock from space hits the Earth, or -- a lot later -- when the sun decides to balloon up towards the end of its life cycle.  Fortunately my beliefs do not require me to do anything special, nor are they likely to occur while I am a live. I also don't need to recruit 100 co-believers in order to purchase.. I mean share.. salvation.

Double G
Double G

Why are so many people condemning the belief of others? Is there something in the teaching of Christianity that makes you uncomfortable?  It is a personal decision for each one of us but to degrade someone for their belief is disgusting. It only reflects your intolerance of people who do not think as you do, that goes for many so called Christians too. Remember, each one of us has "free will" and to that, we choose our path in life.

Whutchins254
Whutchins254

 As Christians we are to speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15) and to the extent some don't do that it is wrong. But to not speak is not the same as to love; and God will not let us forever abuse the gift of free will without consequence any more than you will let your children abuse free will without consequence , if you are any kind of a parent. I diligently try to not 'degrade' someone for their beliefs, but truth by its nature degrades all that is false, including any human heart that prefers lies and evil to truth and love. I tell you all kindly in Christian love that there is truth, that not everything man says is true, and may God help us all to seek and find Him, because we are promised we can find Him (Deut. 4:29, Matt. 7:7-8).

Spikebuddy or Spike on the Boa
Spikebuddy or Spike on the Boa

All I can say is, I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of god, who lived, died and was resurrected for my sins. I cannot say the specifics of when or how it will look when He returns. I believe though my calling is to encourage those not in Christ to accept Him and His sacrifice and change their lives. I am not perfect, a sinner still, but I graciously accept His sacrifice for me. I don't know when He will return and the focus should be on those here who have yet to hear and believe not on things known only unto Him.

schrodingerscat
schrodingerscat

 I have been reading through the comments and a couple of things occur to me: First Point: Each one of us, whether Christian, Atheist, Buhdist, etc, has certain UNPROVABLE beliefs that we hold dear. This is FAITH, a belief in an UNVERFIABLE idea. For the Christian an article of faith is the 2nd coming of Christ, for the Atheist it often times is a belief in the big bang. Neither of these ideas is humanly verifieable (you can't prove a future event like the 2nd coming of Christ and attempting to observe the big bang is a physical impossibility). I detest it when people refuse to recognize the difference between fact and faith and resort to name calling when others disagree with them.With that out of the way, on to my second point:I have read the Bible cover to cover on more than one occasion and have read the book of Revelation several times on its own. I happen to be a Christian and I freely admit that I don't understand most of Revelation. I am, as a Christian, certain of two things though: Christ will return in a way that everyone, regardless of belief system, will recognize and that NO ONE except God the Father, knows the precise day or hour. These are articles of faith, they can't be PROVEN, but I believe them as fact. I strongly SUSPECT that people claiming to know the day and time of Christ's return are what the Bible terms 'false prophets' acting in opposition to God to lead Christian astray and to numb non-christains to the Gospel. I refuse to mock people for what they believe, I humbly ask that you extend me the same courtesy.

Jjdaddywags
Jjdaddywags

 The Word of God says to watch for His appearing, NOT our disappearing.

matinva
matinva

 Actually, the end of the world comes....every day....for some.

Whutchins254
Whutchins254

The Rapture theory is part of premillenialism, a false teaching based on the concept that Jesus FAILED when here on earth to accomplish His mission. I absolutely believe Jesus will return, but when He does all will end; there will be no one 'left behind' and indeed, no earth left for anyone to live on, NOT EVEN JESUS (2 Peter 3:10-12). And, there will be nothing secret about it (Matt. 24:27, Rev. 1:7). The total end of things, not just the beginning, can happen anytime; right now, tomorrow, 100 years from now; but YOU, friend, will die someday unless HE comes first. Ready???

Dave
Dave

 The most reliable sign of NO eminent rapture is the detailed and eminent prediction of Rapture, according to red letter scripture and other.  The statistically high seven-sigma probability is that prediction of Rapture is the sign of a overwrought pastor praying for a special commission of relevance from God, or a demented Christian charlatan who confuses himself or hopes to confuse others with his or her claims of as a self-serving favorite of God, and only incidentally a well-perked prophet planning another cathedral.

Bluntly, if he or she is wrong today, he or she is a false prophet. Consider a change churches or at least question interpretive scholarship if changing churches is undesirable through long commitment.   Your church may have a method for convening a search committee for another pastor if Protestant and  a not-for-profit categorization.  All a spiritual quorum for worship takes is another Christian according to text.

doodiepants
doodiepants

From “88 reasons why the world will end in 1988″ to the Jehovah Witness’s numerous failed prophecies, to all of Hal Lindsay’s “Late Great Planet Earth” mush……………Not to mention the hundreds of incorrect ‘end is near’ prophecies since 30AD. This Saturday May 21st will likely add it’s name to the ranks of a long list of incorrect End times prophecies. (Which are mostly based on OT scripture meant for another time and place, but that’s just my opinion) Might as well get a “Rapture Vet” shirt….hahahahttp://www.zazzle.com/rapture_...

 

Donald
Donald

 The Rapture is almost here but not May 21st.  The antichrist will announce he is God in the third temple but that temple on the temple mount in Jerusalem hasn't been built yet. So when the temple is under construction then consider the rapture very very near.

Cjhardesty
Cjhardesty

 Religion.. Religion was formed to explain why things happened in life, and how to live life to the fullest. It teaches morals, and gives people something to believe in. There was organized religion before the time of Christianity, there will be religion after the time of Christianity. Many throughout history have believed that organized religion would be the downfall of society, because those who follow, follow blindly. Whether it be God, or Allah or whichever deity it is you believe in, Most religion has the same basis. Meaning, treat your neighbor with respect, don't kill, steal or cheat. It sets up the guidelines for its society. There truly is no way to prove that any God does or does not exist. Today we look back at the Greeks, Norse and Romans, and look at them at foolish myths. But where do we get the right to do this? How do we know what we believe is true? Even if the Bible did come straight from the mouth of God, it has been translated hundreds of times, and parts of it have even been tossed aside because the church did not agree. SO how do we know what parts to follow. What is important is that you live everyday to the fullest and enjoy life till it ends. What ever the cause maybe. So instead of arguing beliefs here, and trying to deny or prove science, how bout everyone stops wasting their time on here and use what time we all have left to enjoy life. PS I wouldn't recommend anyone quiting their jobs, or spending their life's fortune, because if he is wrong (again) it will have ruined your life and you will be punished for being very unintelligent. Think for yourself, and let your spirituality be what guides you. I'm sure this won't be the last prediction in the next few years. Maybe this is Pestilence, who knows. Good Luck to all of ya. 

adam
adam

 vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

Someone
Someone

what translation of "the bible" does the word "rapture" appear?

nulife02
nulife02

I asked my former wife's evangelical family the same question - where is the rapture in the Bible?  They could only point to two very cryptic references as their biblical source.  There is a Discovery (? maybe History Channel) program that explains the origins of the rapture, which is credited to a 19th century preacher, Edward Irving, who generally considered to be responsible for most rapture theology.  The fact that this has become mainstream Evangelical doctrine makes me doubt much of what is considered "gospel." I posted this below, but you ask the same question.

nulife02
nulife02

This church has 221 million in assets - I need to get into the doomsday business myself!  Lots of really unsophisticated, uneducated suckers out there waiting to be had, apparently.

Harrygrounds
Harrygrounds

These predictors provide a great religious mitzvah. The get people to ask themselves "is everything alright btween God and me?"

Harry, St. Paul  

nc
nc

For those who believe they will be Raptured tomorrow, I confess that I'm a broken creature who will not be joining you at this time.  If you or anyone you know WILL be going and have to get rid of all your life savings, please call me. We'll talk. ;)

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