Mr. Harold Camping issued a corrective prediction back in May after his prediction of “the end of the world” did not materialize. He said the corrected date was October 21, 2011.
I said then that Mr. Camping must be wrong, for what he predicted is contrary to what the Bible teaches.
The Bible teaches that “the earth abideth forever” (Ecclesiastes 1:4). There are many other passages of Scripture which directly affirm this truth.
Therefore, to suggest “the end of the world” is incorrect, in terms of what the Bible teaches.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is returning to this earth sometime in the future to set up his eternal Kingdom here on this earth. That Kingdom will never end (Luke 1:32, 33). Many mistakenly teach that Christ reigns only for 1000 years. The Bible does not teach this at all. The earthly kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ will last forever, and will never end. Many, if not most teachers of Bible prophecy have misunderstood what the Bible teaches on this point.
In several articles I read on line yesterday, Harold Camping is reported to have said the May 21 date was not mistaken, but he was mistaken in understanding literally what was meant to be understood spiritually. Mr. Camping is reported to claim that no one has been, and no one can be saved after May 21, 2011. Of course, this is flagrant error.
It is the same error made by followers of William Miller in the early nineteenth century when the 1844 date for Christ’s return did not materialize. To this day, Seventh-day Adventists still retain this date in prophetic chronology, but have spiritualized it, and made it refer to something that allegedly happened in heaven, not earth.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses have employed the same tactic with the date they set, 1914. Other dates were set before and after that, including 1874, 1925, and 1975, for events which never came to pass.
Such date setters are false prophets, false cults, as the case individually may be, and surely should never be trusted as sound sources of Bible teaching.