Harold Egbert Camping
Harold Camping predicted that Jesus would return in 1994 and also claimed the same thing for May 21, 2011, and when that was wrong, switched the return to October 21, 2011. He misled many. Some who he somewhat affected in Northern Vietnam apparently were killed:
After listening to a translation of Camping’s prediction 7,000 of these people (known in the West as Montagnards) gathered on a mountain praising God their suffering at the hands of the communist regime was about to end because Jesus was returning that day in May to establish a new kingdom,.
The police and military police slaughtered many of them at gunpoint – beheading two pastors. Others were arrested. I am told by Hmong pastors that so many were shot dead that they were buried in mass graves bulldozed over in an episode that I read about in Britain but did not understand the magnitude of until I got here.
Full article at: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=321837
Presuming the above account is true, it is sad that this happened. While Harold Camping did not personally cause the violence, it was always clear to me that many of his teachings were false and did not lead to life.
Harold Camping viewed (and still seems to view) his opinions above the plain teachings of the Bible. And that has been a problem with heretics, false prophets, and false leaders since the time of Simon Magus in the Book of Acts (Acts 8:5-25).
No one should accept traditions of men, including prophetic ones, that are in conflict with scripture. Harold Camping’s prophetic teachings were (and still are) in blatant contradiction to scripture. The last I could tell (I checked his website this morning), he is still in a nursing home (his website announcement is also in the article Harold Camping Now in a Nursing Home).
Harold Camping’s current prediction of Jesus returning on October 21, 2011 will also soon be shown to be false. Hopefully, none who actually believe his revised plan for October 21, 2011 will suffer a fate like that reported in Vietnam.
Despite false predictions (like the 21st of May and October 2011), Mayan prophecies, scoffers, and the assertions of many, Jesus will return.
And we are to look forward to His return as the Apostle Peter wrote. Jesus will return no earlier than 2018 (and probably later) as certain biblically-required steps have not yet happened (Daniel 9:27; cf. Matthew 24:15,21,29-30).
Those who are interested in the truth about Harold Camping, Ronald Weinland (who even claims to be one of the two witnesses), Mayan prophecies, and when the Bible shows that Jesus can return, may wish to study the following articles:
Harold Camping’s Teachings About the End of the World Do Not Agree with the Bible Harold Camping teaches that the rapture will be on May 21, 2011 and the world will end on October 21, 2011. What does the Bible show?
What is the Appropriate Form of Biblical Interpretation? Should the Bible be literally understood? What do the writings of the Bible, Origen, Herbert W. Armstrong, and Augustine show?
Why Be Concerned About False and Heretical Leaders? There have been many false leaders–here is some of why you should be concerned about them.
There is a Place of Safety for the Philadelphians. Why it May Be Petra This article discusses a biblical ‘place of safety’ and includes quotes from the Bible and Herbert W. Armstrong on this subject–thus, there is a biblically supported alternative to the rapture theory.
Is There A Secret Rapture for the Church? When and Where is the Church Protected? What does the Bible really teach? Does the Church flee or is it taken up just prior to the great tribulation? Who really is left behind?
Concerns About Ronald Weinland’s Church of God-Preparing for the Kingdom of God Ronald Weinland falsely claims to be one of the two witnesses God is raising up and that Jesus will return on May 27, 2012. Why does the Bible show that Ron Weinland is a false prophet? He also has at least one other view that suggests that he is not part of the Church of God.
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2011, 2012, or 2013? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? Are there Mayan calendar predictions for change in 2012? Changes were centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradamus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood? Can the great tribulation start before 2012? How might the next pope be involved in 2012?
Who Are The Two Witnesses? What is their job? What does the Bible reveal? What has the Church of God taught on this subject? Might even Roman Catholic prophecies give some clues here?
Military Service and the Churches of God: Do Real Christians Participate in Carnal Warfare? Here are current and historical perspectives on a matter which show the beliefs of the true church on military participation. Is war proper for Christians?
Asia in Prophecy What is Ahead for Asia? Who are the “Kings of the East”? What will happen to nearly all the Chinese, Russians, Indians, Vietnamese, and others of Asia? China in prophecy, where? Who has the 200,000,000 man army related to Armageddon?