Thursday, May 19, 2011

False Prophet ~ Countdown To Apostasy

Matthew 24:34-38 ~ "34-Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35-Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36-But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37-But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38-For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 

Over the years there has been all kinds of predictions regarding the end of time and the end of the church age. In fact Here are a few dates and culprits of the end of the world in modern times: 

March 21st 1844:  In 1843, William Miller (1782-1849), a self-taught prophetic scholar from New York, predicted that based on his interpretation of the 2300 days of Daniel 8:14 in relation to the appearance of Antiochus Epiphanies and the cleansing of the temple, that the world would end in his day. People sold all worldly possessions in expectation of this event 

Ellen G. White
1827-1915
Oct. 22, 1844:  When the March 21st date didn't pan out, some of Miller's adherents people got a hold of Miller's calculations and postulated that he had simply made a mathematical error and proposed this new date. 

1844 Ellen G. White, Prophetess and co-founder of the Seventh Day Adventist church, who was an avid follower of William Miller, claimed that Jesus had returned as Miller preached, only that he done so in an invisible manner making his presence known on earth. 

1844 Revision to 1874: Jonas Swendahl, the founder of The Second Adventist Church, proclaimed that the 1844 date was all wrong and set forth a new date of 1874. Needless to say that date came and went also. 

Into The 20th Century

Charles T. Russell
2/1852 ~ 10/1916
March 21st 1914: Former Presbyterian minister Charles Taze Russell, who would eventually split from the Second Adventists and found Zion's Watchtower & Tract Society, and ultimately the Jehova's Witness, claimed all prior dates to wrong. (Partially because the previous dates came and went), but also claimed that because God had spoken to him, and that all other churches and organizations were apostate  that all one needed to do was add 70 years to the original date. 

Charles would also claim that "Christians" were not the people of God and that Christianity should be rejected in favor of the direction of the true Witnesses of Jehovah's Watchtower.
“True, there have been those in times past who predicted an ‘end of the world,’ even announcing a specific date. …Yet, nothing happened. The ‘end’ did not come. They were guilty of false prophesying. Why? What was missing?  …Missing from such people were God’s truths and the evidence that he was guiding and using them.”—Awake!, October 8, 1968, p. 23 ** 
Remember, The Watchtower (while claiming to be the only AUTHENTIC voice of the Lord in the earth)



would then set and reset dates for the end of all things to 1925, 1941 & 1975 . Needless to say that these dates too came and went and we (along with them) are yet still here.

It was and is yet true, they were certainly devoid of God's truths and evidence that God was using them in any form or fashion. 

Matthew 24: 39-44 ~ 39-And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40-Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41-Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42-Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43-But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44-Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

21st Century, New Dates For the Fulfillment Of All Things:

Sept. 6, 1994: In 1992, 89 year old retired Civil Engineer, Harold Camping, another self taught prophetic voice, wrote a book called 1994. In it he revised all of Miller's dates and began to set new dates for the coming of the Lord and the end of the world. Harold also follows Charles Taze Russell's understanding of Jesus as a created lesser god, equating him as being Michael, the Arch Angel. [The End Of The Church Age...And After Pg. 56] 

Sept. 6, 2001: When the 1994 date came and left, Camping went back to the drawing board. He claimed that he was correct about the 1994 date but that he had been misunderstood. He claimed that the 1994 date was simply the end of the church age, not the end of all time itself.  What this meant was that now, noone outside of those who ascribed to him and his teaching would be saved. All churches were rejected by God and noone associated with any of them could be saved. 

What came out of his re-engineering of prophecy was the addition of another 7 years to the original date, that's how we get to 9/6/2001. Of course, that came and went also.   

Current Apostasy & New Date:

"Beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment," ~ Harold Camping, Jan. 2011 

May 21st 2011: On his show, Family Radio,  Harold Camping is holding out that this May will be it for the world and America.  With all confidence Harold Camping has stated that this is it!

Except:

There is a failsafe date already set:

Oct. 20th, 2011: This is Harold's revised date before the May date even hits. Correction: this is the date that the whole world will be destroyed as accounted by Harold Camping.  

What does all this mean?

Deut. 18:19-2219-And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. 20-But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21-And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22-When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."

The amazing thing is that after may 21st comes and goes, Harold Camping's ministry will still exist. He will yet have followers and he will yet be on the radio, pronouncing more heretical and apostate vain babbling. Who supports this work? Certainly not those that are hearing from the Lord. Apostasy lives because it is funded somehow, by someone. The best thing to do to quiet false doctrine is to not support it. 

We pray for the restoration of all of those tricked by yet another false prophet and false prophecy of Harold camping and a host of others that are only fleecing the flock of God. One thing is for sure, there will be a judgement day and God will exact a payment. Thank God and even so come Lord Jesus.    

Blessed!

References:

Failed Predictions: Jehova's Witnesses 

7 comments:

  1. Regarding JW and 1941:

    I don't think that any end prediction was made for that year. Do you have any quotes to that effect? I hear it all the time, but have never seen it in print.

    1914 and 1975 are valid, though not "day and hour" type like May 21st

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  2. The 1914 date is kind of confusing and goes like this:

    In 1912 Russell explained that he did not know how to account for the year 0 between B.C. and A.D. and that the end could be in either 1914 or 1915. The 2520 years of Daniels seven times prophecy extends from 606 to 1915 once the year zero between B.C. and A.D. is removed.

    "Then, we were content to say, "606 B.C. seems a well authenticated date for the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, and B.C. 536 the date when the seventy years' appointed desolation of the land ceased." ….As to the methods of counting, Encyclopaedia Britannica says, "Astronomers denote the year which preceded the first of our era as 0 and the year previous to that as B.C. 1--the previous year B.C. 2, and so on." Whichever of these ways we undertake to calculate the matter the difference between the results is one year. The seventy years of Jewish captivity ended October, 536 B.C., and if there were 536-1/4 years B.C., then to complete the 2,520 years' cycle of the Times of the Gentiles would require 1913-3/4 years of A.D., or to October, 1914. But if the other way of reckoning were used, then there were but 535-1/4 years of the period B.C., and the remainder of the 2,520 years would reach to A.D., 1914-3/4 years, otherwise October, 1915. Since this question is agitating the minds of a considerable number of the friends, we have presented it here in some detail. We remind the readers, however, that nothing in the Scriptures says definitely that the trouble upon the Gentiles will be accomplished before the close of the Times of the Gentiles, whether that be October, 1914, or October, 1915. The trouble doubtless will be considerable before the final crash, even though that crash come suddenly, like the casting of a great millstone into the sea. (Rev. 18:21.) The parallel between the Jewish Harvest and the present Harvest would corroborate the thought that the trouble to the full will be accomplished by October, 1915." Watch Tower 1912 December 1 pp. 377-8

    With the outbreak of World War One in August 1914, Russell reconfirmed that the end would be October 1914. When nothing happened in October 1914 Russell reused the idea that 1915 would signal the end.

    "In view of this strong Bible evidence concerning the Times of the Gentiles, we consider it an established truth that the final end of the kingdoms of this world, and the full establishment of the Kingdom of God, will be accomplished near the end of A.D. 1915. Be not surprised, then, when in subsequent chapters we present proofs that the setting up of the Kingdom of God is already begun, that it is pointed out in prophecy as due to begin the exercise of power in A.D. 1878, and that the "battle of the great day of God Almighty" (Rev. 16:14), which will end in A.D. 1915, with the complete overthrow of the earth's present rulership, is already commenced. The "Gentile Times" prove that the present governments must all be overturned about the close of 1915 A.D." Studies In the Scriptures Series II - The Time Is At Hand 1915 ed. pp.99, 101, 242

    When nothing happened in 1915 the Watchtower went back to using 1914.

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  3. The next story...

    Harold is hiding out right now in preparation for tomorrow. What will happen is that he will be lost after tomorrow comes and goes and Sunday arrives and we are all here.

    He will be unseen however. Why? Others will either claim that he was correct and has been raptured and will return with Jesus for the rest of us...

    Or

    He will simply hide out and not get on the radio anymore.

    One more possibility...the rain-check date... Remember the Oct. 20th 2011 date. For some reason that's another 6 months away, so he'll restate and say, he couldn't be exact and look for the even in Oct...

    Watch and see...

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  4. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Harold Camping Suffered a stroke,

    According to the news the 89 year old false prophet suffered a stroke last Thursday evening 6/9/2011. Pray for this man, that he may be saved.

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  6. Here's yet another threat to end the world. According to the video, we have a date of around, Oct. 16th or so.

    I thought to make it an entire post, but I decided against it.

    What do you think?

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