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The Great Disappointment II

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Between 1831 and 1844, William Miller – a Baptist preacher later credited with founding the Seventh Day Adventist Church – predicted that Christ’s Second Coming would occur in 1843.  Prompted by followers to set a more specific date for Jesus’ return, Miller – using the Hebrew calendar year 5604 – refined his earlier prediction simply indicating that the Return would occur sometime between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844.  A further revision, based on use of the Karaite Jewish calendar, led to extension of the date to April 18th.  In August 1844, Samuel Snow – a Miller follower or Millerite – propounded his own interpretation based on what he referred to as the “seven-month message,” extending the date of Christ’s return to October 22, 1844.  This final prediction spread like wildfire among the general public, already familiarized with Miller’s preaching during the preceding 13 years.  The passage of October 22 without event came to be known as “The Great Disappointment.”


Miller based his prediction on information in the Old Testament Book of Daniel.  Daniel 8:13-14 states, “Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?  And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.”  Using an interpretive principle known as the “day-year principle,” Miller began dating these 2300 “years” with the decree by Artaxerxes I of Persia in 457 B.C. to rebuild and restore Jerusalem and its Temple.  Thus, his simple calculation that Jesus would return in 1843 or 1844.


Fast forward to 1970 when Harold Camping published The Biblical Timeline of History that he later refined and expanding in Adam When? Using genealogies from Genesis and a starkly different interpretative method than that employed by Bishop James Ussher in his landmark Biblical chronology published in 1650, Camping established the date for the Creation of the World as 11,013 B.C. and the Flood as 4990 B.C.  Using a combination of historical and Biblical sources, he calculated that the most logical date for the birth of Jesus was October 4, 7 B.C and for his crucifixion, April 1, 33 B.C.


Having created a timeline and determined the date of our Savior’s birth, Camping later turned his attention toward determining when that timeline would end.  Firmly believing in the Bible as the literal word of God and relying heavily on numerology as proofs of his theories, Camping initially determined that 1994 might be the date for Christ’s return.  In John 21:1-14, Jesus tells the disciples who were about 200 cubits out in the Sea of Galilee to throw their net on the right side of the boat, resulting in a catch of 153 fish.  Camping interpreted this to mean that 2,000 years would intervene between Christ’s First and Second Comings.  Since there are 2,000 years between Jesus’ birth (7 B.C.) and 1994 (note that there is no year 0 and hence you must subtract 1 from your calculations), Camping speculated that Jesus would return in 1994.


Although uncertain of his 1994 prediction, Camping later refined his analysis, and – comparing “Scripture with Scripture” and interpreting the spiritual meaning of Biblical events – established May 21, 2011 as the authoritative date for Jesus’ momentous return.  He further identified numerous Biblical “proofs” for this date.  These proofs relied heavily on the “spiritual meaning” that Camping applied to certain numbers – 3 representing “God’s purpose,” 5 representing “atonement” or “redemption,” 7 “spiritual perfection,” 10 or its multiples “completion,” 17 “Heaven,” and 23 “destruction.”  Included among these were that May 21, 2011 was exactly 7,000 years from the date of the Great Flood (4990 + 2011 – 1) and that there are 722,500 days between Jesus’s crucifixion and his return with 722,500 being the product of two repeating sets of spiritually significant numbers:  5 x 10 x 17 x 5 x 10 x 17.


Obviously, Harold Camping exerted a great deal of research, Biblical scholarship, and critical thinking into developing his theories.  Also, quite evidently, he – like William Miller and everyone else who have ever attempted to predict the world’s end – was wrong.  Does this mean that he should become the subject of derision and branded a “false prophet?”


Mr. Camping has been a source of controversy among Christians for more than two decades.  His views ultimately led to his excommunication by the Church with which he had been associated in 1988.  Coincidentally, he later determined from his Biblical scholarship that his excommunication coincided with what he refers to as the “end of the Church Age” in Christian history, the time at which the Holy Spirit left the Christian churches and Satan took over as their ruler.


Since that “revelation,” Camping has maintained that no one can be saved in the churches and that when Christ returns to Rapture his “elect,” those in the churches will be left behind.  Undoubtedly, this point of view has not been cheerfully embraced by the leaders and congregations of these churches.


Another thing that has been a source of frustration and consternation to those who would question Camping’s views is his absolute certainty in their rectitude.  On his call-in radio program “The Open Forum,” Camping has resolutely refused to entertain any questions conditioned on the possibility – no matter delicately stated – that his interpretations were incorrect.  His response has always been that to do so would be to deny The Bible and its truthfulness.


Like many before him, Camping confused his own interpretations with Biblical truths.  And, although he never suggested to anyone that they should make any personal or financial decisions based upon his predictions, one wonders how many did.  At the time of the Millerite’s Great Disappointment, there were reports that many of the “believers” had sold or given away their property in reliance on the belief that they would shortly be leaving this world.  I hope that that is not the case with Camping’s followers.


While Camping’s personal demeanor of certitude may have been divisive and his approach to interpretation seriously flawed, I believe that he has made a significant contribution to Biblical scholarship.  I also believe that, advanced in age, he will likely disappear from the limelight and that Family Radio will ultimately return to a more mainstream Christian message.


And, to those “true believers” that May 21, 2011 would be the date of Christ’s return, I offer the following consolation:  your efforts in promoting this message have not been in vain.  Your message, although inaccurate, has spanned the world, gained the attention of both mainstream and alternative media, introduced countless thousands to Christianity, and placed thinking about God squarely into the forefront of the minds of people worldwide sorely in need of His merciful intervention.  Countless others have delved seriously into the Word of God for the very first time in their lives.  Some of these will, undoubtedly, continue to read and study the Word.


And so, your “Great Disappointment” may produce great joy in Heaven.


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May 21, 2011: Judgment Day!


Harold Camping: False Prophet or Herald of God?


It is Finished: God’s Final Warning


Assembling the Timeline of History – Part I


Assembling the Timeline of History – Part II


Assembling the Timeline of History – Part III


Assembling the Timeline of History – Part IV


Judgment Day: Less than One-Half Year Away


A Word of Warning


Signs of the Times


May 21, 2011: Judgment Day Scenario Unfolds


The Great Anticipation


The Great Anticipation

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Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon in which a human observer perceives significance in a vague or random stimulus (often an image or sound).  When ancient man gazed at the nighttime sky, he discerned patterns in the stars and named constellations after the images he perceived.  In Ursa Major man perceived a Great Bear, in Ursa Minor a Lesser Bear, in Taurus a Bull, in Scorpio a Scorpion, in Sagittarius an Archer, and so on.  People see images of faces, people, or objects in clouds and hear hidden messages in recordings played backwards.  The desire or need to define patterns in those things inherently without pattern is a distinctly human trait.


And so, being human myself, I find it interesting that in the same week that many await the return of Jesus the Christ and their Rapture to spend eternity with him, it has been widely reported that Stephen Hawking, the celebrated English theoretical physicist and author of the best-seller A Brief History of Time, has declared that the concept of Heaven or an afterlife is a “fairy tale” for people afraid of death.  Is there a pattern here?  Could it be that our Creator employed a noted intellectual and inspired the news media to publicize these comments in juxtaposition to His plan for the conclusion of human history?


As the hours grow short until May 21, 2011, I find myself thinking about many things – but primarily about the nature of God and of His creation, Man.  I wonder about the criteria that God employed in selecting those whom He will save and those left behind.  I wonder how it is that humans, cut from the same cloth, can have such diversity of belief and opinion when presented with the same information.  Primarily, however, I think about the interplay of all of the individual stories of all of the people who have ever lived in the creation of humanity’s story.


As the world devolves into a morass of moral, ethical, and spiritual decay, I truly believe that there has perhaps never been a time when the world more needed God to intervene directly into the Story that He began those millennia ago – to wipe the slate clean and start over with a new Creation absent the flaws of this current one.  And, I observe that there are great multitudes of people whose heaviness of heart belies their implicit acceptance of the premise that this world is coming to its end.


But, perhaps I am just falling victim to pareidolia, perceiving a pattern where there is none.  Nonetheless, I can state with 100% certainty that, over the last number of years, I have grown weary with this world.  And, it brings to mind St. Paul’s valedictory declaration in 2 Timothy, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”


Whether I can say those things about myself or have any assurance about my state of being on May 22nd is uncertain.  Yet, I anticipate God’s imminent intervention – in whatever way He chooses and hope for the promised new Creation.


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Countdown to Judgment

  

May 21, 2011: Judgment Day!

  

Harold Camping: False Prophet or Herald of God?

  

It is Finished: God’s Final Warning


 Assembling the Timeline of History – Part I


 Assembling the Timeline of History – Part II


Assembling the Timeline of History – Part III

  

Assembling the Timeline of History – Part IV

  

Judgment Day: Less than One-Half Year Away

 

A Word of Warning


Signs of the Times


May 21, 2011: Judgment Day Scenario Unfolds

  

Judgment Day: Less than One-Half Year Away!

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Judgment Day begins on Saturday May 21, 2011, exactly 6 months (one-half year) from yesterday.  This fateful information, long hidden by the complex language within the Bible has been revealed to those God has chosen in these End Times.  For those wishing to learn more – even at this late date, I submit the following for your consideration and edification:


1. Most people misquote Matthew 24:36 and say “oh, the Bible says that no one can know the date of the End;” they deliberately do not refer to the rest of Jesus’ sentence in the next verse, v. 37.


2. The “Son” in Mark 13:32 can refer to several who are denoted “son” in the Bible, thus Jesus Christ who is not the “Son” in this verse knows the Day and Hour of his return.  The entire Bible, 66 Books, from the first verse to the last is written to show that Jesus Christ is God, and those that claim that Jesus doesn’t know the precise time of the End are deeply confused about Him.  They don’t understand the most basic teaching of all the Bible: Hebrews 1:8, John 1:1ff, John 1:13, Col 1:16ff, etc.  Jesus himself said He was in Heaven while on earth.


3.  In Matthew 24:37 [the same sentence as v. 36] Jesus explains in detail just who WILL know the timing of the End—here Jesus cites Noah as an example, who, in Genesis 6 & 7 is warned 120 years ahead of the Flood in order to build the Ark, and then later is warned 7 days before the Flood.


4.  Further, several Scriptures make clear that only the Elect WILL know the timing of the End, but that unbelievers, and professing Christians whom God has deliberately deceived, will not — they’ll be caught by “The Thief In The Night.”  Citations in the Bible including I Thessalonians 5:1-11, Revelation 3:3 [see Revelation 16:15], Matthew 24:43ff, and Hebrews 10:25 all testify to this fact.  In II Thessalonians 2:11, it is indicated that God will blind many professing [false] Christians at the time of the End (see also Matthew 25:11-12).  In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus says that “many” who profess to be Christians on Judgment Day, Sat May 21, 2011, will be sent to eternal damnation — eternal death — on Judgment Day.


5. Why do all the churches and most professing Christians fanatically jump to profess that “Oh, nobody can know”?:  the answer is that they do not WANT the world to End – they are satisfied with life on earth, and they actually fear Judgment Day; they don’t realize that MANY godly and faithful Bible teachers like Martin Luther, Sir Isaac Newton, and the leaders of the Westminster Assembly of 1648, as well as many Puritans knew that the date of the End is actually in Scripture. Luther and Newton both realized that date was in the era of 2,000 AD.


6. Serious Bible students the world over, and for the last 2,000 years, have known that God dealt with National [or corporate] Israel for 2,000 years, and then he destroyed them for their rebellion.  God warns/promises that He will absolutely do the same to the churches — see I Peter 4:17, Matthew 24:15-16, Mark 13:14, Luke 21:20-22, and Revelation 18:4, among other verses.


Just how does God show in the Bible that Saturday, May 21, 2011 is Judgment Day?  Books have been written about this, but briefly:


1. The Bible shows there have been 7,000 years from Flood to May 21, 2011 — to the day — starting with the 9,000 year “Calendar” of Genesis 5 and 11.


2. The Bible shows in detail there have been 13,023 years from Creation, 6,023 years from Creation to the Flood, and then 5,023 years to from the Flood to Calvary.  If you look further, you’ll see how God repeatedly uses certain numbers to symbolize ideas – like “23” symbolizes “Judgment” and “17” symbolizes “Heaven”even the Reformers wrote of this spiritual meaning of Bible numbers 500 years ago.


3. The Bible shows there are 4,017 years from Jacob’s birth to the End, 3,017 years from David’s Coronation to the End, and 2,017 years from Bethlehem to the End.  Note how God is using “17” to symbolize “Heaven.”  Skeptics that are SERIOUS should note [ask any Israeli newspaper] that all world Jewry celebrated 1994 AD as the 3,000th anniversary of the Coronation of King David.  My family and I were, in 1993, invited to Jerusalem by a noted professor to be there in 1994 to celebrate.  Virtually all Bible scholars now understand that Christ was born in Bethlehem in 7 BC – even PBS [notoriously anti-Christian] acknowledges this in their recent “Christmas Special.” 


4. The 70 weeks of Daniel 9 lead to 1994 +17 = Judgment Day.  This is the Scripture that Sir Isaac Newton used in 1715 AD to deduce that Christ would Return in approximately 2,000 AD.


5. The Bible shows that the 430 years of Israel’s Sojourn in Egypt [“to the day”] X 3 = 1290 years [see this 1290 in Daniel 12:11].  Subtracting 1290 from 1887 BC [Israel’s entry into Egypt] yields 587 BC, the precise date of the destruction of [Solomon’s] Temple in Jerusalem.  Multiplying this 1290 by 3 again equals 3870 — the number of years from 1877 BC to 1994 AD [remember, there is no year “0”].  1994 marks the final end of the Church Age and beginning of the Latter Rain.  1994 +17 = the End.  Note also that if one takes the 480 year interval between Exodus and the commencement by Solomon of construction of the Temple mentioned in I Kings 6:1 and multiplies it by 3, the product – 1440 – represents the precise number of years between the Exodus and the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem in 7 BC.


6. There are many Bible “proofs” that conclusively display that Christ will come on Saturday May 21, 2011, one day short of 6 months from today and that that date will be the first day of Judgment Day — a horrible day for most of the 7 billion alive in the world on that day.  You can view these proofs and more at familyradio.com.


To learn more, visit the following faithful websites below:


http://www.familyradio.com/ [download “We Are Almost There”]
http://www.ebiblefellowship.com/
http://www.bmius.org/
http://www.the-latter-rain.com/
http://www.wecanknow.com/
http://www.2011judgementday.com/
http://www.judgementdayismay212011.com/
http://www.areyouwatchingorsleeping.com/
http://www.gospelbillboard.org/
http://www.embeddedworks.com/
http://www.may212011.com/
http://www.may-21-2011.com/
http://www.may21st2011.com/
http://www.may-212011.com/
http://www.2011-the-end.com/


In addition to the many books and pamphlets from Family Radio, the book below available from barnesandnoble.com and other online retailers for $13 is highly recommended:


The Doomsday Code by Robert Fitzpatrick, a 350 page original [no quotations from others] Bible study.


One can perfectly know that the End is Saturday May 21, 2011 and not be saved.  Remember Lot’s wife?  Please see the booklet “I HOPE GOD WILL SAVE ME” for what the Bible says the true Gospel is…at familyradio.com [your printer needs approximately 25 sheets to download and print]. The King and over 100,000 in Ninevah were told they had 40 days to live, and they begged God for mercy [in the Book of Jonah]…God heard them. 


Related Stories:

 

Countdown to Judgment

  

May 21, 2011: Judgment Day!

  

Harold Camping: False Prophet or Herald of God?

  

It is Finished: God’s Final Warning


 Assembling the Timeline of History – Part I


 Assembling the Timeline of History – Part II


Assembling the Timeline of History – Part III

  

Assembling the Timeline of History – Part IV

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