After the attack on the
World Trade Towers, country singer/songwriter Alan Jackson put his
thoughts about that day in the song, "Where Were You
When the World Stopped Turning". As this song depicts,
that day surely seemed like the end of the world. All of us can
remember where we were as that event unfolded.
week the media has given much attention to a prophecy by Harold
Camping that the world will come to an end on May 21, 2011; which
is, as I am writing, tomorrow. I couldn't help but think of the
contrast of Camping's prediction and the events of September 11.
11 really happened. It had all the feel of the end of the world as
we knew it. The question Alan Jackson poses is one that still
resonates with us today.
prediction concerning May 21st, does not depict a real
event for that day - it is a false prophecy. It has the media's
attention today but will quickly fade as the next day begins. Years
from now no one will be asking, "Where were you during
Armageddon on May 21, 2011?"
begs the question, why is the secular media bringing such
attention to it; especially, when they clearly do not believe it to
be true? Some would say it is intended to ridicule or mock
Christians; however, I don't think that is the case. More likely
it's just economics. End of the world - apocalyptic - prophecies
sell. People love a good "end of the world" story.
other words, it simply boils down to plain old marketing. Don't
think Apocalyptic groups are unaware of this fact. Many of them
have found that a well devised end-time prophecy actually helps
with recruiting. Think about it.
many people had actually heard of Camping prior to all the
attention he is getting from this prophecy. Without question, it
has helped him add new recruits, while strengthening the commitment
of those who were already followers.
the appeal is also due to these prophecies generally including some
guarantee or hope of survival being found only through membership
in, or association with, the group. Their leader is the only one
who knows the "truth".
reason might indicate that making a false prophecy should
disqualify the leader and be bad for business, that is not
necessarily the case. Many groups making a false prediction
concerning the end of the world will make subsequent false
predictions. The masters at this are the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Camping has found a false prophecy is not always
"disastrous" and can be easily, even if not credibly,
explained away to one's followers. For, on May 22nd,
this will not prove to be Camping's first missed prophecy as he had
once predicted Christ would return to earth on September 6, 1994.
should such prophecies be regarded? After all, the Bible does teach
that Christ will return. This is a belief that the Church has
always held to and proclaimed to be true. In fact, Jesus was pretty
clear about his return when he said:
that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor
the Son, but only the Father". (Matt
to me that based on what Jesus said, the only day we can know with
certainty is the day he will not return is any day
proclaimed by a man as the one on which he will return.
it is safe to say we will have plenty of opportunities to ask,
where were you on May 22, 2011? I plan on being in Church with my
family and later watching an NBA playoff game. My guess is Mr.
Camping will not have time for such as he will be busy working on a
revision to this latest false prophecy.
prediction, there is more to come...
love these end-time prophecies don't despair more are on the
horizon. Next up is the Mayan 2012
prophecy set for December 21, 2012.
Mayan prophecy ABC 33/40
know more about Camping and Family Radio. Check Out These Links:
Listen to Harold Camping
Defend his prophecy, stating with absolute certainty that things
will not be as usual on May 22 which he refers to as the second day
Accuracy of May 21 Prophecy
Harold Camping says Millions will die on May 21,
Brief Overview of Camping
in Huffington Post:
5 Facts About The
May 21 Judgment Day Predictor
Post Online Interview with Dr. Doug Weaver of Baylor University
discussing how Camping arrived at the May 21, 2011 prophecy. Also,
includes discussion of other apocalyptic groups:
Dr. Doug Weaver
For those who want to know
the background on Camping, the following will provide extensive
information about Camping prior to the renewed interest generated by
the 2011 prophecy:
Finally, here is Camping's website complete with ticker
counting down the days to the end of the world. However, with only
one day left you better visit it quickly: