We’re still alive?!

 

The first I heard about May 21 and its fear-mongering fanatical prophecy making (that was not supported by a majority of Christian sects) it was way back in January when I was trying to look for worthwhile events in the month of May.

There were countless videos declaring this on youtube and as the date drew nearer its fame or infamy spread like a deadly contagion. Of course being of sound mind and reasonable thinking I immediately dropped these predictions to mere crack-pottery and unfounded foolish assertions (a common side effect if you’ve been raised believing in unfounded assertions). Especially considering the history of son of a bitch that made these claims in the first place.

The idea was first put forth by Harold Camping a preacher from Oakland, California. Camping talks to his followers through the Family Radio Network, a religious broadcasting organisation funded entirely by donations from listeners. Such is their generosity (assets total $120m) that his network now owns 66 stations in the US alone. His programs boast tens of thousands of followers across the globe, with radio stations in South Africa, Russia and Turkey. After 70 years of studying the Bible, he claims to have developed a system that uses mathematics to interpret prophesies hidden in it.

Oh, just an afterthought. Camping previously predicted that the end of the world was September 6, 1994. I guess his motto is try and try until you fail. Then again, he already failed so its try and try until…until something happens I guess.

Let’s decode the lunacy behind this misinformative global phenomenon. ebiblefellowhip.com claims that God closed up all knowledge of the end times when he said in Daniel 12:9And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”

But that knowledge is already open to us because, since the end times are approaching God opened the word (the Bible) to reveal the truth and knowledge of the rapture. This could be “proved” in Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Ok, so the knowledge from the Bible was closed but now its open, even though there was no fundamental change in its words? Ignoring that and the fact that the line that revealed this knowledge came before the line that closed it (meaning that it may still remain closed since it was mentioned later), what else did he have going for him that all those people believed him.

The genealogies of the book of Genesis, primarily in chapters 5 and 11, can be shown to be a precise calendar of the history of mankind in this world. The Bible’s calendar of history is completely accurate and trustworthy.

Chapters 5 and 11 were genealogies of Adams line to Noah as well as the Tower of Babel (Which by the way is one of the weirdest stories in the book). Let’s continue.

Genesis 7:4For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

2 Peter 3:6-8Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The second verse “explains” that to Gods 1 day a thousand years passes for mankind. And since the first half of the excerpt alluded to Noahs flood the seven days mentioned in Genesis for Noah to take his family into the ark also meant that mankind had seven thousand years left to live.

Just to be clear, I think Noahs ark is a story and nothing more but for arguments sake I’ll allude to it. In the story seven days actually meant seven days since the rains came after seven days. It completely escapes me that this passage might mean two things instead of one. The genesis passage also mentions 40 days and 40 forty nights. Does this mean that the world will take another 40,000 years in the process of ending before it actually does? And the second passage conveniently stops ignoring verse 10 which says “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.” You don’t expect thieves otherwise they’d be called bwisitors err visitors.

Using his “evidence” lets start calculating:

4990  (the supposed year of Noahs flood) + 2011 (the current year) = 7001

Note: When counting from an Old Testament date to a New Testament date, always subtract one year because there is no year zero, resulting in:

4990 + 2011 – 1 = 7000 years exactly. Oh my God it’s seven thousand years!…Now what?

Back to 2Peter3:10. Why do these people think that we can know when the world will end through the Bible.

Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”

Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

But how did they come up with May 21?

Genesis 7:11In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”

TIMING OF IMPORTANT EVENTS IN HISTORY

11,013 BC—Creation. God created the world and man (Adam and Eve).

4990 BC—The flood of Noah’s day. All perished in a worldwide flood. Only Noah, his wife, and his 3 sons and their wives survived in the ark (6023 years from creation).

7 BC—The year Jesus Christ was born (11,006 years from creation).

33 AD—The year Jesus Christ was crucified and the church age began (11,045 years from creation; 5023 calendar years from the flood).

1988 AD—This year ended the church age and began the great tribulation period of 23 years (13,000 years from creation).

1994 AD—On September 7th, the first 2300-day period of the great tribulation came to an end and the latter rain began, commencing God’s plan to save a great multitude of people outside of the churches (13,006 years from creation).

2011 AD—On May 21st, Judgment Day will begin and the rapture (the taking up into heaven of God’s elect people) will occur at the end of the 23-year great tribulation. On October 21st, the world will be destroyed by fire (7000 years from the flood; 13,023 years from creation).

(The above chronology was taken from ebiblefellowship.com)

According to the same website the church age ended on 1988. It also states that the day the Pentecost began was on May 22, 33 AD. making the churchs lifespan at about 1955 years.

End of the church age? WTF is that? How could it be so when there are still churches today? They say that the end of the church age will coincide with a great period of tribulation.

Matthew 24:21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

That “God finished using the churches and congregations of the world. The Spirit of God left all churches and Satan, the man of sin, entered into the churches to rule at that point in time.” and that the world will enter a period of 23 years of trials.

Apparently, an economic depression and two world wars that occurred in the preceding seventy years alone didn’t count as tribulations. But what happened on May 21, 1988 that prompted the end of the Church? Some claim it was the speech given by Margaret Thatcher to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Nothing particularly religiously inflammatory was said, she merely discussed the relation of Church and State and what it meant to the modern world and society. Other than that nothing really happened on that day.

Reading the rest of their “evidences” one can find a lot of fallacies, particularly a non-sequitur if I remember my logic correctly. One of which regarding the door of the ark actually meant Jesus.

Genesis 7:16,17And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

John 10:9 “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

There is a common misconception that the world should have ended on May 21st but they state that May 21 is only the rapture where the righteous were taken up to heaven and the rest of us will have to wait for the end of all worldly things which apparently on October 21.

Again referring to the flood Camping says that there will be a five month waiting period as said in Genesis chapter 7.

Genesis 7:24 “And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.”

But wait, I thought 1 day equaled 1000. Those were the rules not more than two chapters ago. But hey whoever said prophecies should be consistent. So if you find that end of times doomsayers still abound in the days following May 21st don’t be terribly surprised when they tell you that the we will all be consumed by hell fire on October 21st.

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