As many undoubtedly know, self-appointed prophet Harold Camping issued his dire prediction that the ‘end of days’ would come on October 21, 2011; he was wrong again. Mr. Camping claimed that earlier failures were simply the result of miscalculations. One has to wonder what motivates Mr. Camping’s misguided predictions; it is an earnest desire to share the Word of God, or is it a love of money?
If Mr. Camping believed what he said, why did his organization continue to accept donations know that the Rapture was months away? What possible purpose was served by collecting monies from people who were on their way to Heaven? Wouldn’t a better use of the funds was to bequeath the funds to feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, or assisting those who have fallen on hard times? After the Rapture dates one and two came and went, Camping was asked if he planned to return donations his organization received, his response was an abrupt, “No!” Camping contends that he didn’t force anyone to do anything. Granted. Let’s face it, he did mislead people; sadly people allowed themselves to be mislead by choosing to believe that Camping was imparting sage advice for the ‘elect’.
Again, how many times and ways must it be said: no one knows the day or the hour when Jesus will return but God Himself. If Mr. Camping were honest with himself, he would admit that for all of his proclamations and posturing, he is a charlatan; a pseudo-prophet whose true motives are self aggrandizement and to line his pockets.
God always provides us with teachable moments. For those who are called by His name we must remain active and vigilant in this faith we profess. False prophets are nothing new; they were around in the time of Christ and they will be around so long as there are people willing to place their trust in man rather than God. Consider this passage from Jeremiah 14:14
Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name, I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.”*
I suspect that Mr. Camping may remain defiant to the very end. He will not admit his sinful pride much less attempt to make amends to those he harmed. Of one thing I am certain, when God calls a prophet, He approves them and sends them forth. Virtually every prophet mentioned in the Bible lived a life of self-sacrifice choosing to suffer for the faith realizing that the One who called them will also justify them on the Day of Judgment. I can’t say with any degree of certainty what will happen to Mr. Camping when he has to stand before God’s throne to give an account of the life he lived. Of one thing I am sure: no amount of money, power or influence will matter; God’s justice will prevail.
Amen and Amen
*New International Version