May 21, 2011 re: Harold Camping
This presentation is an incredible look at the false predictions of radio preacher Harold Camping and why they did not come true. He caused a stir across the nation in 2011 by claiming that the end of the world would come in that year, and left many who invested their all in his cause broke and disheartened when his predictions failed to materialize.
Thousands of people have followed Pastor Camping's teachings for years, but Pastor Bohr, kindly and respectfully, yet honestly, brings out many points in which they should have seen red flags raised in several of his conflicting, unbiblical and erratic teachings. "False teachers may appear to be very zealous for the work of God, and may expend means to bring their theories before the world and the church; but as they mingle error with truth, their message is one of deception, and will lead souls into false paths. They are to be met and opposed, not because they are bad men, but because they are teachers of falsehood and are endeavoring to put upon falsehood the stamp of truth" (TM 55).
Pastor Bohr warns us that many teachers are arising and will continue to arise, some even from among our own people, with fantastic ideas in setting dates for future prophetic events and in misapplying prophecies. But "our position has been one of waiting and watching, with no time proclamation to intervene between the close of the prophetic periods in 1844 and the time of our Lord's coming." (10 MR 270).
After Daniel's 2,300 day prophecy reached its fulfillment in 1844, there will never be another date that we can predict for the fulfilling of prophecy. "There will always be false and fanatical movements made by persons in the church who claim to be led of God-those who will run before they are sent, and will give day and date for the occurrence of unfulfilled prophecy. The enemy is pleased to have them do this, for their successive failures and leading into false lines cause confusion and unbelief" (2SM 84). Satan uses these things to turn people off from believing in Christ's second coming, so that they will not be prepared for when He does come. This sermon reminds us that we must be very careful to "correctly handle the word of truth" (2Tim. 2:15).
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