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According to the news, Harold Camping who was behind the false prophecy of May 21st is still standing by his prophecy and not repentant.

It is tragic.

The Bible’s standard of a prophet is 100% fulfillment, not even 99% or 98%.  If anything has failed, it is false.

Christians need to be reminded of the Biblical criteria of judging a false prophet.


Basically gives 2 ways that a believer can check the validity of a prophet: Supreme Test (Duet 19:22) and Test of the Fruit (Duet 12:1-3).

The Test Of A Prophet

      From Dueteronomy 18:18, we can know that a true prophet comes from God.  True prophecies never have it’s origin from man’s creativeness, but from God himself. (Cf. 2Peters 1:21)  By prophecy, we define this to mean any future predictions or alleged special revelation from God spoken or written through a human messenger.

     Unfortunately, as Scriptures tell us, there are also false prophets and false teachers out there.  “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.  They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who brought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.”(2Peters 2:1) Scriptures also tell us that as the end times approach, more and more false prophets will come and deceive the people. (Cf. Matt. 24:12)

     Jesus himself warn Christians to watch out and be on the alert for false prophets, who come “in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matt. 7:15)  Fortunately, God tells us that there are ways to identify a false prophet. (Cf. Matt 7:16)

     Now, you may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” (Duet. 18:21)


  1. The Supreme Test – If a prophecy fail to be fulfilled or doesn’t come to past, then it is indeed false. (Duet 19:22)  Remember: God’s prophecies would come to pass, and it must have a 0 percent failure rate!
  2. Tests of the Fruit – The prophecies itself or the prophet’s theology must also be under examination in light of the Bible.  If it goes against God’s Word, it is surely false.  Sometimes God would allow false prophets to have their prophecy fulfilled in order to test the faithfulness of the believer’s heart. (Cf. Duet 13:1-3)

(Note: No prophecies could be more amazing in terms of probability than that of the Bible.   Just the life of Jesus Christ alone has been prophesied in the Bible over 500 times! Compared to any false prophets, the Bible is still a bigger giant)

     Now, what happens when an alleged prophet is found to be false?  Since Matthew 7:18 states, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.”, we should not even listen to the false prophet’s teachings.  And we definitely should not be afraid of them. (Cf. Duet. 18:22)  Rather, we should come back to the living God and his Word for truth.

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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.

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I got a tract sometime back from someone who followed Harold Camping’s Family Radio.  Camping’s group is behind the false prophecy that the world will end on May 21st, 2011.

It is a strange to think that Camping would make a prediction like this that goes contrary to the Word of God.

Jesus said in Matthew 24:36:

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.

It was a point important to Jesus that He repeats Himself in Matthew 25:13:

Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.

What is even more strange is that Family Radio is aware of these verses since they have produced a tract titled, “No MAN KNOWS THE DAY OR THE HOUR?” in response to Jesus’ clear teaching. The tract states,

However, it was not until a very few years ago that the accurate knowledge of the entire timeline of history was revealed to true believers by God from the Bible.

As to how Camping and his followers came to this accurate knowledge is not stated.  Camping believes that Ecclesiastes 8:5 teaches how true believers today will know in their hearts the true timing of Christ’s return.  Ecclesiastes 8:5 states

The one who keeps a command does not know bad matter, and a time and judgment the heart of the wise knows (Personal translation from the Hebrew)

It is odd that Camping would turn to Ecclesiastes 8:5 to find support for “true believers” able to know the date of the end of the world.  This is not supported by the context.  For one thing, Ecclesiastes 8:5 and Ecclesiastes 8 says nothing about the timing of the end times.  Secondly, this verse is pulled out of a context in Ecclesiastes that talks about the limitation of human knowledge, especially when it comes to the future.  Note what Ecclesiastes 8:7 ask rhetorically, in the context which talks about man’s limitation (cf. verse 8 which discuss limitation of man’s power):

For no one knows ‘what will be?’ for what will be who tells to him?

Ecclesiastes 8:5 is probably not a good proof text in light of the context for Camping’s eschatological agenda.  The verse itself, if it has any bearing to knowledge of the end times seems to be consistent with the spirit of Jesus’ teaching that man does not know the future.

The tract goes on to assert,

Therefore, since it was not God’s plan to open anyone’s understanding of many truths of the Bible until very near the time of the end of the world, it is only now that exceedingly important Biblical truths are being understood.  The Bible tells us that this was going to happen.

Note that the last sentence in the quote says the Bible tells us this was going to happen.  The burden of proof will be on Camping to offer a verse that teaches his specific assertion that truths such as “the time of the end of the world will be discovered in the Bible when the end time gets closer.”

Those who are confused should take Jesus’ warning seriously.  I have talked to a gentleman who have talked to me in fear thinking May 21st, 2011 was really the end.  He lived his life seriously, suddenly all the truths of Christianity that I ever told him became important.  Sadly, it takes the fear of God’s coming back soon to wake him up about his moral life.  THE truth also need to told that Jesus’ point of how the time and hour is unknown means that He can come back any moment even earlier than May 21st, 2011.  ONE’s LIFE should change knowing that any moment the End can begin.  It should lead people to true repentance to God, which include submitting to what His Word says instead of what His Word did not say.

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