Is Jesus Christ Coming Back on May 21, 2011?
by Arthur Khachatryan
If you’ve seen the billboards around town headlined with, “We Can Know…” or “Save the Date…” with a statement, “Return of Christ May 21, 2011,” you’ve probably been a little puzzled. What is this? Is this serious? Does the Bible really say Jesus Christ is coming back to judge the world on May 21, 2011? If you ask the organizer of this movement, Harold Camping, you will hear him say it is a certainty. Where does he get this information? Has he gleaned it from some supernatural experience? Has God told him personally? Does the Bible say this?
First, let’s see what Harold Camping got right. The Bible does communicate that Christ will come back to judge the world. OK, we’re done. This is the extent of what is true in this sensationalistic phenomenon. But Camping is no stranger to failed predictions. He claimed the same failed prediction for September 6, 1994 in his book titled 1994. After the failure he simply claimed that he had done the math wrong. And what was this math that supposedly gave him this insight? He took the 2,000 pigs from Mark 5:13 that have absolutely nothing to do with years, and supposes them to represent years, then added 2,000 years to Christ’s birth, which he believes to be 7 BC and he came up with 1994. With regard to where we are now, we have the world ending and Christ coming back in 2011, 2012, 2014 as postulated by various false prophets.
With regard to the current, and soon to be failed prediction, Camping points us to 2 Peter 3 as the passage that allows us to see that 2011 is the year of Christ’s coming. Now, the passage reads, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” He takes the passage horribly out of context, then uses what he claims is a date that he knows is when the flood of Noah occurred, 4990 BC. How he comes up with that date is beyond me. No one really knows when the flood occurred, and it is far more likely that it indeed occurred well before that…
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