Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Harold Camping Is Dead

The Christian Post reports that Harold Camping, a controversial Christian minister and predictor of end times, has died at the age of 92.

The report says:

Camping, co-founder of Family Radio and controversial doomsday radio Bible teacher, died on Sunday at around 5:30 p.m., according to the Family Radio Network email sent out Monday evening.
"On Saturday, November 30th, Mr. Camping sustained a fall in his home, and he was not able to recover from his injuries. He passed away peacefully in his home, with his family at his side," the email reads.
Camping made national as well as global headlines in 2011 when he proclaimed that Judgment Day would come on May 21. Thousands of listeners of Camping's radio show around the world believed him and many sold all their possessions, emptied their bank accounts and prepared for the rapture.
Harold Camping made numerous predictions and all of them ended up being false prophecies that fleeced many Christians. The failure of these "predictions" to come to pass has given non-Christians an opportunity to blaspheme, just like King David's sin with Bathsheba gave God's enemies an opportunity to blaspheme (2 Samuel 12:14).
As to what I hold regarding end-times prophecy, I am a premillennial dispensationalist who believes that there will be a rapture of the saints before the seven-year tribulation before Christ comes again and the Millennium is brought about. However, I reject the need to predict dates for end times, for Scripture shows us that "of that day and hour no man knoweth" (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32). But that does not mean in any way that we should be neglectful of such matters. In fact, thinking about the last days should urge Christians to spread the Gospel even more.  And it ought to remind us from falling into the error Harold Camping and Family Radio fell into for so many years before they came back to their senses.

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