Why Jesus Isn’t Likely to Return on May 21st

Harold Camping in 2008

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Perhaps you have heard that Harold Camping, General Manager and President of Family Radio, says he has calculated the exact date of the Rapture, based on a complicated formula that stretches 7000 years from Noah’s flood.  The proposed date is May 21 at 6 p.m.  As we reported in Prophecy Central, his listeners have supported the theory, buying billboards and driving scores of Family Radio vehicles in many parts of the country warning people to be ready.

Camping has been wrong before. He predicted the second coming on Sept. 6, 1994, and hundreds of his listeners gathered at an auditorium to wait for the event.

In our ‘Warnings and Cautions’, we stress that no one knows the exact date of Christ’s return. Here is Jesus’ own instruction about this from Matthew 24:32-44.

  “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
    “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
    “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

So, by publicizing a supposed exact date for the Rapture, Camping has made it almost certain that Jesus will not return on that date.  However, millions of Bible-believing Christians do think that He is coming soon, so it is a good idea to be ready all the time!

Our new book, Connecting the Dots: A Handbook of Bible Prophecy, has detailed information about the Rapture of the Church and the later Glorious Return of Jesus Christ.

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23 Responses to Why Jesus Isn’t Likely to Return on May 21st

  1. Ruben Manliguez says:

    The Bible tells us very clearly when the Lord Jesus Christ will come! Luke 12:40 NIV –“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him”. In other words, He’s not coming when we expect Him to come at a given date! Plain and simple!

  2. Frank Nolton says:

    Hi Ron!

    He has billboards and signs up all over Lodi, and a big group of his followers came to town last fall handing out their pamphlets. I wonder what his followers will do on May 22 when we are all still here?

    Hope you had a blessed Easter. Take care.

  3. admin says:

    Unfortunately, they will probably re-calculate, and decide they were off a few months, then do it all again.
    Easter was great, Frank! How was yours?

  4. sue says:

    Actually, the second coming of Christ and the rapture of His church are two different events entirely. The rapture, I believe, is pre trig and the second coming is at the end of the tribulation. Also, whose time zone at 6 pm? When it is 6 pm here it is e pm somewhere else!!! Lol

  5. sue says:

    That should read pre tribulation and 3 pm!!

  6. Nick Turner says:

    So many false prophets mixing lies with truth these days.

  7. Julie says:

    Please excuse my ignorance if I seem really ill-informed on my Word. The Bible says that we do not know the day or hour of his return, but he does quote that the Watchers (can’t remember the exact term in Rev) would be able to see the signs. The Rapture comes at the beginning of the Tribulation but does not predict exact time of the return of the Lord, no? Would it not be pheasable to predict all other events to come since he only quotes his actual coming as a mystery? I do not ask this in defense of the people that put up this billboard because as a believer, my fate is pre-destined, but would it be totally extreme to believe that he would unlock the secrets close to end-times? Thank you for your time and considerations.

  8. Julie says:

    I would like to ask one other question also. Theoretically, If the chosen few were able to predict the fulfillment of prophecies at almost exact times, would that also help bring the word to fullness for thousands of lost sheep and bring them back? They predicted the birth of Moses and Jesus to name a few events of the past.

  9. Mr Cjarisma says:

    Jesus is coming! Look busy 😉

  10. admin says:

    The point is that Jesus said we could not know the exact time. If we could, and someone did predict it exactly it would certainly draw attention to the prophecies. But what happens is that people make predictions that don’t come true, and that turns people away.

  11. admin says:

    It does seem that believers going through the tribulation will have a pretty good idea of what is coming next. But setting dates for the Rapture is unwise since Jesus said we could not know the exact time.

  12. D'Andre says:

    I wish He would return on May 21st,…or May 22nd….or May 23rd. I’m READY.

  13. Does anyone truthfully believe this stuff about Jesus returning on May 21st 2011?

  14. george says:

    It seems as if another group has entered the billboard wars in Camping’s/Family Radio’s back yard of Oakland, CA. They are disputing Camping’s claims with a compelling message of “Jesus is already here.” Here’s the billboard photo:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/57080636

  15. admin says:

    You’re right. It is from a really strange eclectic site (Merkaba.com) that hates conservative Christians and expects the world to end Dec. 12, 2012. False prophets abound.

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  17. Ah, Judgment Day! That special time of year when you discuss the world and possibilities of it’s end. As per Harold Camping, 89-year-old leader of the Christian fundamentalist network – Family Radio Worldwide, the world will end on May 21, 2011. you make or maynot believe this, but a retired MTA employee is convinced the world will no longer exist come May 21st. In fact he is so convinced that the world will no longer come to exist come next weekend that he has spent his entire retirement savings to warn us. So what do you think? Deal or no deal – Would the world come to an end? While most people have heard about the Mayan’s belief that the world will end on Dec 21st 2012, many Indian as well as Biblical experts have come forward with claims that the Doomsday will actually happen a lot sooner – some predicting this Saturday as the beginning of the end.

  18. Meade says:

    There is no “Rapture”. Jesus will come again, but Christians will not be taken out til the end. I know most people do not want to hear this, but many Christians must profess faith in the end, and some may be slain for it. But if you have faith in Jesus Christ, death holds no fear.

  19. Barry says:

    Go to 1 Thessalonians 4:17. The words “caught up” means “raptured”(Greek “harpazo”). The English word “rapture” comes from the Latin word raptus, meaning “seized” or “carried away.” This verse is the classic defining passage on the great doctrine of the “rapture of the church,” caught out of this world to be forever with the Lord. No other position fits the Bible, when rightly divided, then the pre-Daniels 70th week(pre-tribulation) rapture of the Church. When people study end time events, they need to understand Daniel, and not mix the Church with Israel. Why would only part of the Church have to go through the Tribulation while most of the Church are still asleep in the ground(1 Corinthians 15:51-52). God would need to resurrect the rest of the Church in order for the Church to go through the Tribulation. That makes no sense. If you have faith in Jesus Christ as your saviour you will be raptured pre-tribbulation. SURPRISE!!

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