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                                                               The pride of a false prophet

By now anyone that watches any amount of TV has heard of Camping’s failed end of the world prediction. After the obvious did not happen, it did not stop Camping from continuing on his spiral downward. This man is so deluded he makes the Jehovah Witnesses look nearly sane, even though they have 10 times more false dates.

Camping says his date “worked out as accurately as I could have.” That’s the problem; it wasn’t of God but his own fallen reasoning; an estimation by mathematics from a man that is 89 years old who can’t understand the Scripture any longer (if he ever did) and his speaking on this certainly lacks wisdom. Prov. 15:2 “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.” According to the Bible, Camping is in this category of men.

Prov. 13:3: “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”
Prov. 6:2: “You are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth.”
The scripture was certainly exhibited by Camping.

God says “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth” (Jeremiah 1:9; Ezekiel 2:7, 3:4; Zechariah 1:4-6). The Bible makes it clear that a prophet is someone who speaks on God’s behalf to the people and there is no inaccuracy in conveying His words. A prophet hears from God accurately, he does not do calculations to figure out God’s next move, especially on something God has already stated cannot be known. But few of those who entertain his folly do not seem to flinch from any of this.

So Camping has already broken the first rule of prophecy, trying to discover what God said he had not revealed.
Matt 24:36: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (also Mk.13:32).

Deut. 29:29: “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

This is a principle that has been in use since the Old Testament. Not everything is revealed. Jesus explained the parables to his disciples because he intended for them to know, but there are those things that the Lord does not intend for us to know. God is constantly testing his church by men that contradict His Word to see if we will hold to what is already been revealed or seek a mans new revelation.1 Cor. 11:18-19: “For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.” False prophets are not approved. What Camping has done is more like divining; he has been doing this for years and people have ignored his prophetic pursuit.

If Family Radio board is to have any credibility they need to remove Harold Camping. But even if they do there is still a problem, they are just as guilty of the spread of his false prophesy as he was, and still is declaring it. Without their approval, none of this would have been advertised. So the whole Family Radio is to be held responsible.

Often false prophets prophesy far into the future so they cannot be held accountable when it does not take place, Camping made the big mistake of prophesying by his mathematical calculation of the near future, as he had done in 1994. That’s two strikes out and the third is already planned - at his age I don’t think he will get more.

Two days after his failure, on May 23, 2011 Camping revised his ignorant claim saying he was off by five months – now the new and improved version is Oct. 21. Nice to know he’s consistent.

Camping said, it dawned on him that instead of the biblical Rapture in which the faithful would be swept up to the heavens, May 21 had instead been a “spiritual” Judgment Day, which places the entire world under Christ's judgment, he said. http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/25324023 
The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the apocalypse comes. But because God's judgment and salvation were completed on Saturday, there's no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network will now just play Christian music and programs until the final end on Oct. 21.
“We've always said May 21 was the day, but we didn't understand altogether the spiritual meaning,” he said. “The fact is there is only one kind of people who will ascend into heaven ... if God has saved them they're going to be caught up.”
Yet he said that he wouldn't give away all his possessions ahead of Oct 21.”I still have to live in a house, I still have to drive a car,” he said. “What would be the value of that? If it is Judgment Day why would I give it away?”
How anyone that believes the Bible can believe this kook is beyond me; it’s obvious he had reservations on his own calculations but cannot look himself in the mirror.

Camping has solidified himself into the false prophet category, he refuses to repent and readjusts the date, is it any wonder the church is humiliated by the media, you can thank Camping! He’s a serial liar and false prophet.

This is far worse than other men who have said nonsense, such as Kenneth Copeland in 2001 at grand opening of Art Sepulveda’s “Word of Life” church in Honolulu saying a billion Muslims will be converted in a few months “But There are going to be multiplied millions upon millions there’s going to be close to a billion people that have been trapped in that religion, that over the next few months are gonna to come into the kingdom of God.”
I had sat in the night session, so one year after Copeland said this I went to visit the church he proclaimed it in to see what they had to say. I was unable to meet with the pastor but sat down with one of their ministers. I asked him what he thought about this since it did not happen. True to word faith teaching he said it still could happen. I pointed out it’s been a year and he said it was to take place in a few months so it cannot NEVER happen. At this point we entered a semantic jungle of what “could be” and “if” to which no logic could be applied. It is the same with the followers of Camping and people like him, the make an excuse because they follow man, not Jesus Christ; they follow opinions and not the truth.

Family Radio should be inundated with letters for Camping’s dismissal and a public apology. Even Atheists are calling for a congressional investigation into fraud allegedly perpetrated by Camping and Family Radio. The church should as well.
“We support free speech, but this is shouting 'Rapture!' in a crowded theater,” said John Keiser of Seattle Atheists.
They certainly have a point. All the money Camping and his network have collected from his Judgment Day campaign should be returned with damages.
If anyone was hurt or killed by this he should be held responsible. According to the International Business Times, “Lyn Benedetto of Antelope Valley, Calif. slit the wrist and throat of her two daughters and then slit her own, claiming to prevent them from going through the 'Tribulation' on May 21, 2011. However, her neighbor discovered the attempted murder and suicide early enough for ambulance to take them to a nearby hospital to be treated.”
Who knows what people were hurt throughout the world that listened to this mans fantasy.
In an interview referring to this and his other failures Camping was asked:
Question: Do you take any responsibility for that?
Camping: I don’t have any responsibility. I can’t be responsible for anybody’s lives. I am only teaching the Bible. I am not teaching what I believe, as if I am the authority. I am just simply teaching what the Bible says. And I don’t have spiritual rule over anybody.”

But he is NOT teaching what the Bible says by declaring a date. They went on to ask:
“Question: You have not publicly apologized – are you prepared to do at all?
Camping: If people want me to apologize, I can apologize, yes. I did not have all of that worked out exactly as I should’ve, or I wish I could’ve had it. That doesn’t bother me at all, because I am not a genius. And I pray all the time for wisdom, and when I make an error, I admit, “Yes I was wrong.” And I have said that already, more than several times tonight. I was wrong. It should be understood spiritually, not physically. Yet the sense of it is still the same – the Judgment has come. The world is now under Judgment, where it was not prior to May 21. Spiritually there is a big difference in the world that we can’t detect with our eyes. But we can know from the Bible.”(Ibtimes san Francisco) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE7f-29QMC8&feature=player_embedded

Camping would fit well as an elder in the Watchtower organization because that’s exactly what they did with prophesying Christ coming back and Armageddon so many times.

His end time view has affected his whole view of the church. Camping has stated that the witness of the church is over, that God has destroyed it, and that believers should leave the church, not attend it. He has concluded that the church is dead, existing only as a shell of its former self. There should no longer be pastors, elders, or deacons. Camping says that the Holy Spirit is no longer operating in local churches to save people... that people who are accepting Christ as Savior in the church are really not saved since the Holy Spirit is not present there.

“if the Holy Spirit is no longer working in the church it means no one can become saved as the result of the preaching in that church. This is so, because God is no longer present to apply the Word to the hearts of the unsaved. Effectively the candlestick has been removed. This is so even though there still is plenty of spiritual bread and water. There is still faithful preaching. That is why the believers are commanded to come out of Judea and Jerusalem.”

“The application (of Jeremiah 7:16) is that God is commanding us not even to pray for the churches” (p. 197 The End of the Church Age … and After).
So what has Camping done for the church, or better stated to the church? Much damage.

So how can one be so off? Camping uses an allegorical method of interpretation and spiritualizing words. It is excused by his followers but not by those who look more carefully as how he arrives at his conclusions. If he was driving a car they would probably pull him over for driving under the influence and take his license away.

Camping: “We know that the two witnesses (of Rev. 11) represent the true believers who are driven out of the churches or in obedience to God’s command come out of the churches” (p. 32-33 The End of the Church Age … and After.).
“The image of Satan (Rev. 13:15) consists of the unsaved within the churches” (ibid. p. 97)

“When the dragon drew the third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth (Rev. 12:3-4) “this third part represents all who are believers” (ibid. p. 290).
The third are the angels who rebelled with Satan, not believers.
“The rider on the black horse (Rev. 6) is a warning to the churches that if they do not remain faithful God will begin to take the Gospel away from them” (ibid. p. 42). I have no idea how anyone can arrive at this conclusion except to eat 6 anchovies pizza’s before bed.
Revelation 12:7-11, “Michael is the Lord Jesus Christ” (The End of the Church Age … and After, p. 56)
This is saying an angel is Jesus Christ. Which puts Camping in the category that cults enjoy. So if Camping thinks Jesus is an angel one may rightly ask if he is saved?

Most who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture do not try to predict dates, nor write books on the date.  Yes Jesus will return and yes there will be a rapture according to Jesus and Paul’s teaching, but to make dates and continually be wrong shows an unstable person, unhealthy man, an unknowledgeable man. Harold Camping is more than a silly old man burning up with end time fever, his conscience is seared. The end is near for this unrepentant false prophet who destroys the testimony of the Saints. Sorry for the invectives, but what this man has done angers me more than most false teachers; it has affected the worlds view on the church.

Because the church has been overrun by false prophets, Camping is just another large bump on a road that will bring everyone face to face with the greatest false prophet of all. By the time the false Messiah arrives on the scene he will be indistinguishable from the corrupt politicians and religious prophets that everyone accepts, he will be welcomed and hailed as savior to all.
Harold Camping as general manager and chairman of the board of Family Radio he has forsaken sound doctrine and proven himself to be a false prophet and the true church is commanded not to listen to him—on ANYTHING.


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