Camping Could Be Nearly Right
Camping made a comedy of errors, but he was close to right on several points. “Close” doesn’t usually count, but to scoff when the Bible says scoffers will come could jeopardize the future.
The “rapture” is not found in most translations of the Bible, but that doesn’t disprove the concept. But a sudden snatch of believers to heaven could be wrong because some of the texts used to support it are about a marriage with a precedent set in Scripture.
Many Christians forget the Old Testament model when God took Israel from calamity in Egypt to a covenant relationship at Sinai and later said, “I am married to you,” Jeremiah 3:14. The Bible’s best theologian includes the Exodus when he wrote, “All those things happened unto them for [types] and they are written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1Corinthians 10:1,11.
Living amid unprecedented calamities, this is a time of crisis. The Chinese characters for crisis are two: danger + opportunity. The Greek word, krisis, is translated “judgment” in Revelation 14:7. A time of judgment is impending and what’s done in a crisis can determine destiny. It did for Israel as they left Egypt and bondage for the land that God promised to give Abraham and his seed.
When God got ready to do so, He attacked the gods of Egypt. They worshiped the Nile; it turned to blood. They worshiped cattle; they got disease. Money is the god of many today—“in this god we trust,” and it’s going! Society kicked God out of courtrooms and classrooms; why shouldn’t He withdraw His blessing from America?
Camping’s timing may have been close to right. “As it was in the days of Noah,” Matthew 24:37. The question is, how much “as”? Noah entered the ark on the 10th day and people scoffed for a week until destruction came on the 17th, Genesis 7:4,11.
The Flood had Passover timing as provided in Numbers 9:10,11. This year, the week of 2nd Passover ends on May 25; will May 26 bring judgment for some?
Combining these two concepts, after a week of unleavened bread (Leviticus 23:6) for 2nd Passover) is May 26, a date with some history.
A life-time medical missionary sent “Incredible Data” supporting the 26th of any month as a potential calamity, as the tsunami on Dec 26, 2004, or the Mayan calendar ending on Dec 26, 2012.
Many other huge calamities have occurred on the 26th and may be reviewed at http://Rapture4.netfirms.com (bottom of right column)
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