I’ve been blogging about the false prophecy of the world ending on May 21st the last couple of days, seeing how big of a deception this is spreading on the internet at first rather briefly but then I realize I might have to expand a bit concerning this topic.
I want to pick up where I left off with last evening’s post, critiquing his view that the Bible does teach when the world will end. Here in this current post, I wish to examine his claim of how there are things “hidden” in the Bible such as when the world will end that has only been recently revealed. This teaching is problematic, but it’s fair to examine a paragraph from their tract “No Man Knows the Day or the Hour?” Speaking of the Bible, it states:
However, God wrote it in such a way that it could not be understood until the world was almost at its end. Remember understanding comes only from the Lord Jesus Christ, as we read in Luke 34:45: ‘Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures.’ This explains why the Bible is written in such complex and difficult-to-understand language. It is one reason why Christ spoke in parables, even as we read in Mark 4:34: ‘But without a parable spake He not unto them.’
I think the burden of proof is on this movement to demonstrate that the BIble teaches that secrets of when the date of end times won’t be discovered in the Bible until when the end times get closer. Morever, it goes against the spirit of Jude 3 (read the passage), which teaches the principle that in terms of Christian doctrine, “IF IT’S NEW, IT CANNOT BE TRUE; IF’S IT’S TRUE, IT CANNOT BE NEW.” One would also challenge the paragraph’s point that the Bible is so complex with difficult to understand languages ( I don’t think it’s that difficult although good interpretation does involve hard work! But it’s not that complex really).
The paragraph also appealed to Mark 4:34 of how the Bible has been able to hide the date of the end of the world until now. The verse is pulled out of it’s context and does not lend support towards Harold Camping’s view that the date of the end of the World is in the Bible but hidden until now. First off, Mark 4:34 is not talking about the hiding of the date of the end times. Nor is the passage teaching that the date of May 21st was hidden from Christians until the end times approaches. In the context, what Jesus speaks plainly to his disciples about instead of parables was concerning the nature of the kingdom of God, not the date of the end of the world. It’s rather strange what Camping and his followers come up with.