My goal in setting up this site was to make available a wide variety of materials for personal Bible study, but as I began to think and plan for this site, I discovered a voice on Family Radio influencing many persons around the world to believe some very strange doctrines–including “depart out” of the Church. I think the heretical teachings of Harold Camping and Family Radio need to be addressed – not tomorrow, but now.
God Will Send Delusion
God has said that when people reject truth and begin to “love the lie,” He will send them strong delusion. Look at these Bible verses:
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
— 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, ESV
This passage explains why Harold Camping has convinced his followers that the Church Age ended in 1988 (coincidentally, the same year the Reformed Church showed him the door); the death of Jesus on Calvary was a “demo” and not the real thing; faith is a “work” and absolutely plays no part in a person’s salvation; we can be certain the Rapture will occur on May 21, 2011 and the world will be destroyed October 21, 2011.
Camping also teaches some other strange doctrines.
There’s a revealing and very interesting story in I Kings, chapter 22 (also in II Chronicles 18), in which God sends false prophets to witness to Ahab, King of Israel, because Ahab wanted to believe a lie.
King Ahab visited Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, and asked Jehoshaphat for help in fighting sBen-Hadad, King of Syria.
Jehoshaphat wanted confirmation from a prophet of God before going against Ben-Hadad, so Ahab called in about 400 prophets of Israel and asked them, “Shall I fight with Ben-Hadad at Ramoth Gilead, or should I stay home?” (BBV)*
The prophets all agreed Ahab should try to take Ramoth Gilead. They said, “Go up, for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king.”
Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, wasn’t satisfied and he asked, “Isn’t there another prophet in Israel?” and Ahab said, “Well, there is one more prophet, but he hates me and never says anything good about me.” Nevertheless, Ahab summoned Micaiah, son of Imlah, and asked him the same question. Micaiah was warned about the verdict of the 400 false prophets and advised to expediently agree with them . Therefore, when asked the same question, Micaiah replied in the same manner: “Go and prosper, for the LORD will deliver it into the hand of the king!”
Ahab Wasn’t Born Yesterday
Ahab knew that wasn’t a straight answer, so he said to Micaiah, “How many times shall I make you swear that you will tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?” And the true prophet of God replied, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These have no master. Let each return to his house in peace.’ “
And Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you he wouldn’t say anything good about me?”
Then Micaiah launched into this fascinating account: “I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. And the LORD said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this way, and another spoke in that way. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’”
Then the LORD asked the spirit, “How will you do it?” He replied, “I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.” And the Lord said, “That’ll work. You can persuade him. Go and do it”
Then Micaiah said to Ahab and Jehoshaphat, “Now therefore, look! The LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets, and the LORD has declared disaster against you.”
Long story, short. Ahab and Jehoshaphat went into battle against Ben-Hadad. Ahab was hit by a stray arrow and died.
I believe a lying spirit is witnessing through Harold Camping. His followers have “refused to love the truth….Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false….”
Now I Understand
Harold’s crazy doctrines make sense to me now. He’s laboring under the illusion that his calling is to “warn the world” of the approaching Rapture on May 21, 2011. Not only that, but it’s possible that God is the one who sent “lying spirits” to prompt him.
Like Dr. James White (who has debated Harold on the air), I believe Jesus can rapture His Church any day of the Father’s choosing. It could happen today. It could happen tomorrow.
The reason I’m hoping it won’t be May 21, 2011, is because of Mr. Camping’s false teaching in other areas, such as “The Church Age ended in 1988 and God appointed Satan to be in charge of every local church.” And, “all pastors of local churches are ministers of Satan.” I’d like to know what you think. Please take a minute to comment on what’s presented here.