D-Day Declarations Revisited

by Hank Hanegraaff

I was doing some research, for my book Has God Spoken, and in doing that research, I went back and read the fall 1995 edition of the Christian Research Journal, which had an article that was entitled, “D-Day Declarations.” The prophet at that time was John Hinkle, the platform was the Trinity Broadcasting Network, and the prophecy was the most cataclysmic experience that the world has ever known since the resurrection is going to happen. Of course, Hinkle had everyone’s ear. He claimed that God in the most awesome voice told him that on Thursday, June 9, 1994, “I will rip all of the evil out of the world.” Well, in his August 1993 newsletter, Trinity Broadcasting Network president, Paul Crouch, elaborates on Hinkle’s pronouncement. “The voice,” said Crouch, “was so loud and clear that it sounded like a great bell being rung by my ear.” As thousands waited anxiously for D-Day, Paul Crouch assured his vast television audience that “John has promised to be our very special guest on June 9, 1994. That is, if we have not already been lifted to meet the Lord in the air.” Well, Hinkle was a no show on June 9, and so was the cataclysmic experience.

Neither Crouch nor the pastor he made famous apologized for the false prophesy; instead, they employed a tactic that worked for the Watchtower Society some eighty years earlier. Like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who predicted Christ would return in 1994, they proclaimed that their prophecy had come to pass! How? Invisibly.

“In this final decade of the second millennium,” I write back in 1995, “prophetic pronouncements such as Hinkle’s seem almost to have become the rule rather than the exception. A growing cacophony of voices now claim to have discovered the date of Christ’s return.”

Edgar Whisenant said Christ’s second coming would occur in 1988. Do you Remember that? Millions fell for his Scripture-twisting tactics in the runaway bestseller, 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988. Well, that didn’t happen, so a year later he had 89 reasons why it would happen in 1989.

Do you remember Lester Sumrall? He pointed to the year 2000. In his book, I Predict 2000 AD, he wrote, “I predict the absolute fullness of man’s operation on planet Earth by the year 2000 A.D. Then,” said Lester Sumrall, “Christ Jesus shall reign from Jerusalem for a 1000 years Jesus.” Remember I wrote this fifteen years ago.

Well—I’m going to get to a poignant point here—Harold Camping, he predicted that Christ would return in September of 1994. In a volume titled 1994? he wrote, “When September 6, 1994 arrives, no one else can become saved, the end has come.” How did he know that? Well, he suggested that the two-thousand demon possessed pigs that are mentioned in the 5th chapter of Mark’s Gospel actually represent two-thousand years. He then adds two-thousand years to the time of Christ’s birth, which he believed to be 7 BC, and he comes up with his prediction that Christ would return in 1994.

Harold Camping is at it again banking on the fact that people have short memories…

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