Nostradamus and Camping
Nostradamus and Camping at their respective times each have some common end of the world roads which never meet. They have both predicted the end of the world and nothing has happened. We are a few hours past the much publicized catastrophe announced for months by Family Radio which had many who spent thousands of dollars on billboards, signs and travel to publicize this non-rapture.
But how can people be deluded in such fashion with so many resources for them to get the knowledge and wisdom they need on the subject? Who’s the blame?
While many choose to distance themselves from the precise dating of the return of Christ or the Rapture, they nevertheless lend to support to the environment which make such views possible. Here’s what I mean. Every futurist, i.e. person who believes or teaches that Christ’s coming is yet future subject themselves and the rest of us to such humiliation.
The church of the Lord suffers the embarrassment while those who claim they have the cure for religion and God party like it’s 1999. Even I admit to a little entertainment and humor over this end times debacle.
Nostradamus and Camping’ Prophecies Must End
Unless we love to have those who frighten the wits out of some and pull the proverbial wool over the eyes of others, it’s time we began to look carefully at what God’s says about the endtimes. Thanks to the internet, at least the world can learn of these errors much faster and not be victimized by them. It helps to prevent the damage of the Nostradamus and Camping speculation.
Much of this starts with a misunderstanding of the role of Israel, confusing the Bible Covenant people with the modern apartheid state occupying Palestinian territory. 1948 has nothing whatsoever to do with Bible prophecy and is as misaligned with the word of God are the prophecies of Nostradamus and Camping.
We will not end a lot of this end times madness until the world recognizes that Old Covenant Israel and their relationship to God is picked up and carried through the New Testament as those who submitted to and accepted Christ. (Romans 2:28-29; 9:6-8)
If Nostradamus and Camping were as intelligent and credible as the world believed, why did they not understand Paul’s teaching on the end times as a then near, soon to happen event? Due to the ignorance of people, they charge Paul, the Apostles and Christ with the same folly. However, when Paul said, the end was near, it really was. Consider this text.
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:11, 12)
Compare Nostradamus and Camping to Paul
If we read Paul’s words correctly, he says they were nearer to salvation (Rom. 11:26-27; Heb. 9:28; 1 Pet. 1:9-11) i.e. the coming of the Lord then when they first believed. How could that be true if salvation was scheduled as a May 21, 2011 end of the world event? If Paul, and his readers believed on or shortly after Pentecost of AD 30-40, how by comparison could it be nearer then when they first believed?
Not only was their salvation near but it was nearer than when they first believed. It was the last hour. It was the hour to awake out of sleep for the day was at hand. It was the end of the world for their day and time. The prophecies of Nostradamus and Camping ignored these plain Bible texts.