So, the rapture didn’t happen last time preacher Harold Camping said it would. When May 21 finally rolled around, there weren’t any trumpet sounds and Camping — along with millions of other Christians — didn’t rise up into the sky.
Maybe the end wasn’t nigh after all. But a whole lot of atheists in Seattle had a fun party and raised a few thousand dollars for a non-religious camp for kids.
Now, Camping is saying the real rapture happens later this month. May 21 was a deadline of sorts — an “invisible judgment day.” In other words, if you weren’t saved then, you’re going to be in a lot of trouble come Oct. 21.
So far, no Seattle-area “rapture day” parties are planned for that date. Earlier this year, a a local atheist group planned a party to mark the end of Camping’s “countdown to backpedaling.”
Here’s the message Camping is putting out on the website for his Family Radio organization:
Thus we can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on October 21, 2011, on the last day of the present five months period. On that day the true believers (the elect) will be raptured. We must remember that only God knows who His elect are that He saved prior to May 21.
via Harold Camping predicts Oct. 21 rapture — again | Seattle’s Big Blog – seattlepi.com
// Harold, Harold, Harold. What are we going to do with you?
My hope is that this new prediction will get little press coverage this time around. It’s an embarrassment. Those who do not know Christ very easily lump all of us who do with the Harold Camping camp.
“Those crazy Christians.”
My hope is that Jesus will come quickly. But I don’t expect him to let me know exactly when it will be.