Harold Camping, the American who said the world would end on Saturday 21st May 2011, has now said he got it slightly wrong. There was a spiritual judgment, not a physical one, he said, on that day, which he watched 'flabbergasted' when Christians were not raptured from all over the world - or from anywhere.
The destruction of the world will now be on 21st October, he says. Don't cancel any plans on the strength of that, is my advice. I should expect the return of the Lord at the feast of Tabernacles, which begins 13th October this year, and ends with that great day of the feast (Numb 29:35-36; John 7:37) on 20th. WHat Camping's reasoning is for 21st October I have no clue.
Pastor Glenn Lee Hill, retired pastor from Rocky Mount, N.C., foresaw that Camping’s false prophecy would be mocked and all Christians would be painted with a broad stroke.
“Because when it fails, all of us who believe in Jesus will become fodder for the comics, the late-night talk show hosts, and others who are always looking for a new excuse to mock our faith,” said Hill. “Christianity, the name of Jesus, and all of us who love Him will bear the embarrassment of this false prophecy.”
For Mr Camping to say the judgment was spiritual not physical is of course a cop-out. Every day is Judgment Day with God. Every day his judgment falls on the good and on the wicked, either in blessing or cursing. Every soldier blown apart in Afghanistan, every young boy trapped into homosexuality, every father murdered by a gang outside his home, every sexually-transmitted disease, every unborn child killed by abortion, every robbery, every divorce, every act of slander and every act of violence is a judgment on our land.
Here is God's vision of a society which is receiving blessing rather than cursing:
Psalm 144:12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:
13 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:
14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.
Or if we prefer a slightly longer version:
Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Compare with Britain today