Did Anyone Really Believe in the Rapture Prophecy?

Apparently folks did believe Harold Camping. My husband came home last week and told me the story of the judgement Camping predicted for May 21st. I saw that the coming judgement trended a few times over the weekend on Yahoo and then this morning as I am working on Twitter I am seeing all these tweets making fun of the poor man who prophesied that the rapture would occur on Saturday at such and such a time. Did anyone really believe it would happen? Whatever happened to “no one will know the time or the day” type of statement? I just don’t get it. I don’t know why this elderly man thought he could predict such an event or why people would blindly believe him? Thoughts?

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4 comments

  1. blueviolet says:

    It was in one ear and out another for me. Nobody has the inside scoop like that. Goodness!

  2. Rachel says:

    Yeah — I don’t understand how anyone took it seriously. The New Testament is pretty clear about that date staying unknown to all.

  3. Kelly says:

    If the son doesn’t even know the date/time of the Rapture – there’s no way this guy would have any clue. Apparently this isn’t the first time he’s made a guess at this.

  4. Doodie says:

    From 30AD until present, billions of Christians have been swayed by various doomsday prophecies. Since day one, Jesus predicted then end of the world within his generation! Even the apocalyptic beliefs of the very first Christians have been proved to be false. It is clear from the New Testament that Jesus’ follower all expected the Second Coming within their own lifetime. And, worse still, they had a reason. Their Master had told them so. He shared, and indeed created, their perception of the coming end where he would “arrive in the clouds” in their “generation would not pass until these things happened(Mt 24:34; Mk 13:30; Lk 21:32). I also put a link to a list of failed human prophecies up until the 1920′s at the bottom of this post. These prophesies usually revolve around various biblical books of Old Testament Prophecy, the Book of Revelation and a mishmash of current events(often related to Israel). Check out some famous apocalypse winners like “Late Great Planet Earth” by Hal Lindsey or “88 Reasons Why the World Will End in 1988″. And be sure not to forget the plethora of failed Jehovah Witness prophecies. You’d think they’d give up on the second or third try. Harold Camping’s reasoning for why million of believers would dematerialize and go to a happy place to spend eternity with an all knowing creator can be seen on this little sheet of paper to the right. Unfortunately critical thinking does not seem to be a strong point for him or his followers. Did anyone sit back and ask the question, “why do I believe what I believe” or “Do I have sufficient evidence”?

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