Mat 24:4-5 And Yeshua (Jesus) answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many will come in My name, saying, I am Christ, and will deceive many.

Mar 13:21-23 And then if anyone shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ! Or, lo, there! Do not believe him. (22) For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will give miraculous signs and wonders in order to seduce, if possible, even the elect. (23) But take heed; behold, I have told you all things beforehand.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

19/10/11 - Deferred Doomsday Due Friday -- Or Not

On Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, the Rapture will be upon us. That's according to U.S. Christian broadcaster Harold Camping anyway.
Yes, that's the same Mr. Camping who "predicted" doom on May 21. But, as far as I'm aware, we're still here. So, Oct. 21 is the new Rapture. Right.
Postponing doomsday is not uncommon amongst doomsayers (religious or otherwise), especially when the original day of doom doesn't happen. And for Camping, "Doomsday Deferral" seems to be a fun trick he likes to play. He did, after all, also predict doomsday in 1994.
ANALYSIS: Doomsdays: Dubious and Deferred
So, how did the ailing 90-year old explain away May 21?
On May 22, an obviously shocked Camping emerged from his home to say he was "flabbergasted" that the Rapture stood him up. But then, a couple of days later, like all good doomsday prophets, he had an answer: May 21 was just the beginning; the Rapture would take a lot longer; the real Rapture will happen five months later on Oct. 21.
"What really happened this past May 21st?" Camping asks on his Family Radio website. "What really happened is that God accomplished exactly what He wanted to happen. That was to warn the whole world that on May 21 God's salvation program would be finished on that day."
Basically, "Applications for Salvation" closed on May 21. You see, even the Office of God has red tape.
ANALYSIS: Doomsdays That Never Happened
After saying something about earthquakes shaking mankind... and that the Bible refers to "earth ... as people as well as ground," (roughly translated as people, as well as the ground, were shaken)... somehow there was a lot of shaken people on May 21...?
Regardless, it's unlikely we would have experienced anything because it was "an invisible judgment day." Clever. A subtle Judgment Day.
Unfortunately, though Camping's predictions are clearly based on an overhyped religious belief --that mainstream Christians think are bunk, by the way -- he has a hardcore group of supporters that have sold their houses to pay for touring the U.S. in RVs, "spreading the word" of one delusional religious leader.

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