There are many who twist and pervert Scripture in order that they may claim to “know” things which actually contradict plain Bible teaching. The Bible warned against following such people with Jesus’ statement:
“Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:13-14 NKJV).
The Apostle Peter explained the matter further when he said:
“…and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation–as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures” (2 Peter 3:15-16 NKJV).
Harold Camping simply represents the plethora of Scripture-twisters at work today:
“This web site serves as an introduction and portal to four faithful ministries which are teaching that WE CAN KNOW from the Bible alone that the date of the rapture of believers will take place on May 21, 2011 and that God will destroy this world on October 21, 2011. Please take your time and browse through the teachings of Harold Camping, President of Family Radio. Visit EBible Fellowship, Bible Ministries International, and The-Latter-Rain to read and listen to many faithful teachers give scriptural insight on the doctrines that God is teaching His people.”
In fact, there are NO Scriptures which, when properly understood within their own contexts, that indicate when Jesus Christ will come again and the earth will be destroyed. His own words were:
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:36-39 NKJV).
Jesus spoke of a “day and hour” which “no one knows.” False teachers like Mr. Camping, attempt to make Jesus a liar by twisting Scripture to seem to indicate when “that day and hour” will occur! The reference to the world-wide flood in Noah’s day (Genesis 6-9) is accurate, as Jesus says those outside the ark “did not know until the flood came.” Mr. Camping attempts to make Jesus a liar, even using twisted Scriptures to prove it!
Readers may go to my article on Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 24 & 25 (http://doverchurchofchrist.info/interesting-inquiries.html) which lets “God be true and every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).
John T. Polk II