Doomsday prophet, followers ‘flabbergasted’ world didn’t end
It’s hard to feel bad for someone whose doomsday predictions caused so much anxiety, but 89-year-old Harold Camping’s recent admission that he’s “flabbergasted” the world didn’t end last weekend sounds somewhat pitiful.
“It has been a really tough weekend,” Camping said Sunday, after emerging from his Alameda, California home for the first time to talk to a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’m looking for answers … But now I have nothing else to say,” he said, adding that he would make a full statement today.
Camping’s PR aide, Tom Evans, told the L.A. Times that the group is “disappointed” that 200 million true believers weren’t lifted up to heaven on Saturday while everyone else suffered and eventually died as a series of earthquakes and famine destroyed the Earth. “You can imagine we’re pretty disappointed, but the word of God is still true,” Evans said. “We obviously went too far, and that’s something we need to learn from.” The group posted 2,000 billboards around the country warning of the rapture, while Camping–an uncertified fundamentalist minister–spread the word on his radio show.
Camping’s Family Radio, which airs on 66 U.S. stations, has apparently rebranded itself quickly. Business Insider notes that the station’s website has scrubbed all mentions of the Judgment Day. The site previously featured a countdown clock to the May 21 rapture on its homepage.
But the false prediction might not be so easily effaced from the lives of Camping’s followers. The L.A. Times writes that Keith Bauer, a 38-year-old tractor trailer driver, took a road trip with his family to see the Grand Canyon before the world ended.
“With maxed-out credit cards and a growing mountain of bills, he said, the rapture would have been a relief,” the paper writes.
But Bauer is not angry at Camping for his false prediction. “Worst-case scenario for me, I got to see the country,” he told the paper. “If I should be angry at anybody, it should be me.”
Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent $140,000 of his life savings to advertise the rapture in New York, said he was dumbfounded when life went on as usual Saturday.
“I do not understand why …,” he told Reuters while awaiting the event in Times Square. “I do not understand why nothing has happened.”
An NPR reporter talked to two Camping followers on Sunday. “One man, his voice quavering, said he was still holding out hope that they were one day off. Another believer asserted that their prayers worked: God delayed judgment so that more people could be saved, but the end is ‘imminent,'” she reported.
It is very sad when people are misled. It’s sad when people are deceived. But also know that Camping is not the only one. There are many, many false shepherds misleading their flocks in these End Times in ALL denominations of Christianity because anything less than the 100% truth is false.
In 2005 the Cherubic Order issued a message to those Christian organizations in particular, that demand contributions. They are calling them into account of this Sin. They are only concerned with the Churches that represent Christ. That’s why the message is for them. They claim to be the Creator’s spokesman here on earth. They’d better get their act together. Forgiveness exists only for those that are truly repentant. If the Christian Clergy continues to fleece the Creator’s flock, they will find themselves left behind at the Rapture. The Cherubs are backing everything with Holy Scriptures. If the Clergy rejects this message, they are committing Lawlessness. They will be called into account. If they did not know before, they cannot say that’s true now.
This is a warning to the Christian Clergy from the Cherubic Order of Holy Angels.
“Heed this warning, or suffer the father’s wrath.”
“So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12 (HCSB)
Tithing was a requirement of the Mosaic Law. You clergy have no Godly backing to demand ten percent of the mint, nor any amounts from any Mankind.
“Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not out of regret or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 (HCSB)
The Father does not have need of money. The support of Christian organizations that are serving the Father should only accept voluntary contributions that are not under compulsion to be given. To demand monetary gain is a sin that will be called into account. Those who use the Cross of the Savior for unrighteous gain are practicing lawlessness.
“Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law.” 1 John 3:4 (HCSB)
This is the future for the Shepherds that do not comply with the Cherubs Warning. It also includes evangelists and others that procure illicit funds by use of the Cross and Christ’s name. If you’ve profited from Christ’s Ransom Sacrifice, you will not like what’s ahead of you. Forgiveness, if mercy is shown, will come from a true repentant heart.