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Is May 21st Judgement Day?
What You Need to Know About Date Setting by Dr. H.L. Willmington
No doubt one of the most anticipated day thus far in this century was Friday, April 29, when William and Kate were married at Westminster Abbey in London. Literally hundreds of millions viewed this around the world. But according to an 89-year old former civil engineer by the name of Harold Camping, there is another day that, in his opinion, will be more significant than any other in all of human history! On that day, Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 6:00 PM sharp Pacific Standard Time, Jesus Himself will return and the Rapture will occur! His, of course, is only one of many false prophecies in regard to Jesus' return. He also predicted the same thing in 1994.
Past False Prophecies
2800 B.C.: The oldest surviving prediction of the world's imminent demise was found inscribed upon an Assyrian clay tablet which stated, “Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common.” Wherever more than two people over 30 are gathered together, expect to hear remarkably similar sentiments.
Second Century A.D.: The Montanists, founded around A.D. 155 by a man called Montanus, were perhaps the first recognizable Christian end-of-the-world cult. They believed that Christ's triumphant return was imminent and established a base in Anatolia (699 A.D), central Turkey, where they anxiously waited for doomsday.
1284: Pope Innocent III predicted Christ's second coming would occur in this year. He based his prediction on the date of the inception of the Muslim faith, then added 666 years to that.
February 1, 1524: Panicked by predictions made by a group of London astrologers, some 20,000 people abandoned their homes and fled to high ground in anticipation of a second great flood that was predicted to start from the Thames.
1556: Martin Luther felt this might be the year.
1715: Isaac Newton thought Christ would return.
1792: Shakers predicted the end of the world.
1914: Jehovah's Witnesses have set several dates for the prophetic end-1914, 1915, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975, and 1994.
1844: Baptist preacher William Miller predicted Jesus would return to upstate New York on October 22, 1844. This became known in American history as the “Great Disappointment.”
1988: There was even a major book titled 88 Reasons Why Christ Will Return in 1988, by Edgar Whisenant. The following year he published 89 Reasons Why Christ Will Return in 1989, claiming to have been slightly off on his calculations. Make that twice.
Well, how does God view all this nonsense? Actually, His Son provided the answer some 2,000 years ago!
• Matt. 25:13, ESV “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
• Mark 13:32, 33 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.” By the way, the Father already has that day marked on His heavenly calendar!
• Acts 17:31, ESV “Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”