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Originally posted by freedomatlast
Before you decide that May 21, 2011 can not be Judgment Day, I encourage everyone to carefully examine the following information. It is making me quite afraid, and I am finding myself seeking God more than ever before.
Originally posted by Zaxxon
I didn't bother reading through past the first and part of the second page of that website. I don't believe in any "end of the world predictions", but ponder this:
If you are only trying to "find God" because of an end of the world prophecy coming soon, aren't you then defeating the purpose? I'd be mad if I were some creator of all the universe and the only reason that someone believed in me is because they wanted an insurance card in case something happens.
Just food for thought. I'm not calling you out or even expecting an answer. Its really only your business.
Originally posted by MY2Commoncentsworth
reply to post by freedomatlast
The guy in the visual tutorial is Harold Camping.
He wrote a book entitled 1994?...... which he thought would be the end of the world.....
I see that he is still making predictions.
Sep 27, 1994
Harold Camping, head of Oakland's Family Radio and host of the station's Biblical discussion talk show Open Forum, predicted the end in his book 1994? He calculated that the Tribulation would end on September 6, followed by the Last Day and the Second Coming of Christ between Sep. 15 and Sep. 27.
Sep 29, 1994
Harold Camping's doomsday prediction #2.
Oct 2, 1994
Harold Camping's doomsday prediction #3.
Mar 31, 1995
Harold Camping's doomsday prediction #4. He gave up setting dates afterwards
The doctrine of a secret rapture was first conceived by John Nelson Darby of the Plymouth Brethren in 1827. Darby, known as the father of dispensationalism, invented the doctrine claiming there were not one, but two "second comings." This teaching was immediately challenged as unbiblical by other members of the Brethren. Samuel P. Tregelles, a noted biblical scholar, rejected Darby's new interpretation as the "height of speculative nonsense." So tenuous was Darby's rapture theory that he had lingering doubts about it as late as 1843, and possibly 1845. Another member of the Plymouth Brethren, B.W. Newton, disputed Darby's new doctrine claiming such a conclusion was only possible if one declared certain passages to be "renounced as not properly ours."
Sandeen writes, "this is precisely what Darby was prepared to do. Too traditional to admit that biblical authors might have contradicted each other, and too rationalist to admit that the prophetic maze defied penetration, Darby attempted a resolution of his exegetical dilemma by distinguishing between Scripture intended for the Church and Scripture intended for Israel. . . . Darby's difficulty was solved by assuming that the Gospels were addressed partly to Jews and partly to Christians."
Thus, the doctrine of the separation of Israel and the Church, the foundation of dispensationalism, was born out of Darby's attempt to justify his newly fabricated rapture theory with the Bible. Dispensationalists believed justification for carving up the Scriptures came from 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) "rightly dividing the word of truth." Subsequent dispensationalists divided the Scriptures in terms of categories of people: Jew, Gentile, and Christian. Chafer taught that the only Scriptures addressed specifically to Christians were the gospel of John, Acts, and the Epistles! Pettengill taught that the Great Commission was for the Jews only.