In Matthew 24:36, Jesus says that no man will know the day or the hour of his return. And yet, Harold Camping of Family Radio has predicted that Judgment Day will come on May 21, 2011. I do believe there are many sincere followers of Camping and this prediction. Yet, given various passages in Scripture, I believe they are in error to place their hope in a specific date as they have.
Unfortunately, many who have placed their hope in this prediction will be surely devastated now that May 21 has passed and Christ has not yet return. I can only begin to imagine how difficult this may be for so many. As such, I wanted to offer support and counsel to any who are local to Novato, CA. I’d love to have an opportunity to meet with you and seek the Scriptures together with you and help you move forward in Christ and in the truth of his Word. He is coming again, and we must be prepared, and ought to be about his work — even if we don’t know the exact hour of his coming.
Pastor Reid Hankins
P.S. Harold Camping and Family Radio teach a number of other things that are also not supported by the Bible’s Teachings, such as their claim that the church age has ended. I would be happy to discuss any of these matters with you as well.
Update as of May 23, 11:04 am PST: Harold Camping is supposed to give some sort of update today at an open forum. I don’t know what he’ll say, but I encourage everyone to exercise great discernment. Please note that his prediction about the end of the world was very connected with his belief that the age of the church has ended. That has led many people astray, in many cases, taking them out of Bible-believing churches. If he does give any repentance today, I believe he needs to also repent of this unbiblical idea that the age of the church has ended. Look for this and don’t be satisfied if he doesn’t repent of both these heresies.