Jehovah’s Witnesses: End Of The World Predictions
May 21, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. the wrath of God was due to strike the earth at least according to Harold Camping founder of Family Radio.
The following link to the AP article has an excellent video on this failed prophecy as well as an interesting read about Camping’s group:
You know I never fail to find humor in these typically all too human endeavors. How can a man presume to know something Jesus Christ flatly stated that He Himself didn’t know? How presumptious it is for anyone to say that they have been able to calculate the time for the end to come! A preacher, a “man of God” someone who obviously knows what the bible says about false prophets should be the last person to come forward with a time prediction for the end of the world!
“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”
Will Camping now turn his efforts to damage control stating that “This was an important date and while we may have been wrong about the exact events occurring then, we do know that Jesus Christ took His heavenly throne at that time.”?
It has been done before hasn’t it?
The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society’s founder, Charles Taze Russell predicted the end of times with specific years and months while he was alive as well. When the date ran its course and nothing happened they engaged in the typical Watchtower “spin control” and attempted to explain away the issue. For example, when they were wrong about 1914 they came out with several elaborate explanations. One was that this was a “spiritual Armageddon” and that Jesus took his throne at that time and began ruling over the earth “invisibly”. With regard to an explanation as to why Armageddon didn’t coincide they came out in writing stating that the time differential between the creation of Adam and the creation of Eve was the reason they were ”off” as to the exact coming of Armageddon. Then, when 1975 came and went they engaged in the very same justification with a totally new group of people who were blissfully unaware that this exact same argument had been used over sixty years prior to explain away the failure of 1914 to bring about Armageddon.
The rank and file Jehovah’s Witness of today is usually quite ignorant of this past activity of date setting by the “faithful and discreet slave”. However ignorant they may be it did happen and as always the “seven old men in Brooklyn” were proven wrong.
Will the old WT ever set another date like this man did? Only time will tell. I guess it would depend on whether or not their membership / income starts to wane. It was a tremendous shot in the arm to their ranks and coffers both prior to 1914 as well as 1975.
Perhaps Camping and his misled followers will point to the volcano that erupted in Iceland yesterday to try to beef up some sort of support for the date as the Watchtower did with the outbreak of World War I for 1914. Who knows?
The fact of the matter is this:
If you are saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ and accept Him as your Savior today then you need never worry about when the end comes. Let’s face it: The end comes for all of us at some point in our lives. We live and we die. Jesus said that it would come “as a thief in the night” so nobody really expects it until it comes. If you die as a believer in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for your sins then the scriptures give you assurance that you will be with Him in paradise. The thief that was crucified next to Jesus only had to show a little faith by asking him to “remember me when you get into your kingdom” and Jesus gave him instant passage to paradise in that very moment! Telling people that they have to work and slave to get to heaven is the mark of a man-made organization and not based on the real truth of Jesus Christ.
When you accept Jesus Christ into your life you are instantly forgiven for everything you’ve ever done or ever will do. In man made terms: Your ticket has been punched!
Most of these cult leaders call this view silly and simplistic as I’m sure the Pharisees of Jesus’ time did as well. They attempt to cloud the issue and make it complicated. They seek to create rules and regulations and a big question mark about whether you’re saved or not. It is by engaging in this contrived theology and teaching it to others that they can usurp the position of Jesus Christ and then make you do their bidding.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
It was foretold that the end times will occur. That is a biblical fact. When it will happen is in God’s hands and not man’s.
Anytime I hear of some ego driven preacher or cult leader screaming about a new prediction for the end of the world I smile and look up and can almost hear the angels snickering!
If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.
Yours in Christ,