The Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association

Another Day, Another Lie

by Jim Josephsen


May 21, 2011 came and went. No news of catastrophic earthquakes beginning at the islands of Fiji and New Zealand, continuing off the South Pacific archipelago of Tonga, then circumnavigating the world, producing massive global destruction. No news of graves opening and “two hundred million ‘saved’ individuals floating up to heaven.” No news of the world coming to an end and God pouring out His wrath upon a sinning mankind, in apocalyptic proportions.


May 22, 2011 commenced as any other normal day and Harold Camping has yet again been exposed for what he truly is; another religious huckster, a false prophet.


Perhaps you saw any one of the thousands of billboards planted along rural highways and within hundreds of America’s cities, announcing Judgment Day is coming. Perhaps you read one of the many Internet outlet reports. Perhaps you noticed the full-page ads in newspapers across the country. May 21, 2011 is Judgment Day. So proclaimed Mr. Camping.


According to Camping's web site, here is what was supposed to have happened: "A great earthquake will occur. The Bible describes it as 'such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.' This earthquake will be so powerful it will throw open all graves. The remains of all the believers who have ever lived will be instantly transformed into glorified spiritual bodies to be forever with God."


Sorry, but Camping was wrong. And thanks to Mr. Camping, another lie in the name of God has been perpetrated.


Camping, like the scores before him, who have advanced various end of the world judgment scenarios, has done nothing more than to make himself and his brand of Christianity a laughing stock and an embarrassment, hardly to be given respect.


All the more destructive and detrimental, these religious fraudsters have damaged the sincere, honorable and righteous truth of God. For each time a religious weirdo predicts an “end of the world date” (which never comes to pass), the less credibility is given to the truth of God, the less God is accepted. Little wonder why the Word of God declares that in the end time scoffers will walk about, rejecting the prophecies of God.


To add to this mockery of false-predictions, the Center for Disease Control put out a mock guide to the Zombie Apocalypse on its web site.


Jesus Christ’s warning is clear: “Take heed that you be not deceived, for many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ and shall deceive many; the time draweth near; go ye not after them.” Many of these Christian deceivers shall deceive millions of simple, fearful, trusting folks.


At a time when the honest and determined truth of Jesus Christ needs to be preached, declaring the hope and mercy, the faithfulness of God to those who humble themselves before Him, false prophets, masquerading as Christian preachers mock the Word of Truth and abuse the prophecies of Jesus Christ.


Jesus Christ, the namesake and leader of Christianity, to which men like Camping ascribe also said, “But of that day and of that hour no man knows, not even the angels in heaven, neither the Son. Only the Father knows. Take heed and watch and pray, for you know not when the time is.”


 Ironically, Camping predicted the end of the world once before. Others, going back to the 1840s and before have as well. Of course, those who tremble before the Mayan calendar are aware of December 21, 2012. The more end time predicted dates are set and of course not coming to pass, the less believable God becomes. 


There is a time ahead, a reality soon approaching this world and every nation on it, which the Bible calls the Last Days. Humanity’s behavior and lifestyle is offensive to God and the end time judgment of God is coming to this earth; of that reality, we cannot escape. Judgment is necessary for God to execute as part of His plan of salvation and redemption. But the type of judgment, which the likes of Camping teaches is just not found in the Bible, the very Word of God. Jesus Christ will not come to destroy mankind. Rather He will come to save mankind from destroying itself. 


Clearly the pulse of the nations, the hostility and aggression nations and religions have toward each other is leading to all out war and all out attack, destruction and ruin. Christ characterized the calamities soon to be experienced across the entire world when He said, “And except those days be shortened there should no flesh be saved alive: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”


Jesus Christ will intervene in human affairs, to save them, while revealing His wrath and displeasure against the sinful lifestyles all so prevalent on this earth. Mankind’s corruption, sinfulness and rotten behavior leaves God no choice but to intervene. Jesus Christ will return, saving His very elect. That fact is a certainty. Christ, along with His elect saints, those who are truly “saved,” faithful and obedient to Him, will remain on the earth, establishing the Kingdom of God on this earth, with its world capital in Jerusalem.


God will darken the days ahead and will set in order the prophecies of the Last Days, revealing end time scenarios in order to get man’s attention; in order for mankind to see for itself what it really is – a creation that has rejected its Creator; rejecting God.


As Jesus Christ said, “of the day and the hour no man knows.” That is a fact – no man knows the day or the hour.


 Yet once again, we have witnessed a false preacher, a religious fraud thinking he knows better than Jesus Christ.


May 21, 2011 came and went; just like any other day. Clearly, another lie was perpetrated. Another lie, call it the rapture, nonetheless a lie, just like most of the other protestant teachings, lies. And one wonders why Christianity is becoming more of a mockery and a shame. One wonders why believability in God is diminishing.


Once again, people have been deceived and driven further away from the certain truth that Jesus Christ will return; that God will have His say before it is too late; that His truthful and honorable prophecies will come to pass. May 21, revealed yet another lie and the man who perpetrated the lie.


Thanks a lot, all you false prophets and deceitful preachers. You do Jesus Christ no favor. Then again, isn’t that the point?!

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Left: Newspaper ad proclaiming end of the World.
Center: Harold Camping
Right: Billboard ad proclaiming end of the World.