Sunday School Analysis Lecture:
Family Radio’s (http://www.familyradio.com/facts/) official description of Camping’s claim:
What will take place on May 21?
On May 21, 2011 two events will occur. These events could not be more opposite in nature, the one more wonderful than can be imagined; the other more horrific than can be imagined.
A great earthquake will occur the Bible describes it as “such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” This earthquake will be so powerful it will throw open all graves. The remains of the all the believers who have ever lived will be instantly transformed into glorified spiritual bodies to be forever with God.
On the other hand the bodies of all unsaved people will be thrown out upon the ground to be shamed.
The inhabitants who survive this terrible earthquake will exist in a world of horror and chaos beyond description. Each day people will die until October 21, 2011 when God will completely destroy this earth and its surviving inhabitants.
1. We cannot know the day or the hour.
Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”
Matthew 25:13 “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”
2. We must be ready every day and hour.
We should live every day as if it were the day we will be ushered before God in Judgment. Why should May 21 be a more urgent day than May 18? We should stand “on tiptoe” every hour of every day looking forward to our meeting with our Lord and Savior face to face. Every day is a day for crying mightily to God for mercy.
Jonathan Edwards’ Resolution#7: “Resolved, never to do anything that I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.”
Matthew Henry on Matt 24:42: “We must watch for our Lord’s coming, to us in particular at our death, after which is the judgment, that is the great day with us, the end of our time; and his coming at the end of all time to judge the world, the great day with all mankind.”
Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.”
Luke 12:20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’
2 Peter 3:11 “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!”
3. We can see how the Deceiver cultivates cynicism and disillusionment.
This twisted crying of “Wolf” (Camping: “The Bible guarantees it.”), invites men to scoff at the scriptures.
2 Peter 2:1-2 “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.”