Thoughts on the Rapture

As you all know that Harold Camping has guarenteed that the Rapture would take place today (May21) at 6 pm this evening. I write this to you (of course) after 6:00 pm to show that this prediction was false. If you have been interested in Camping (like I have), you would find out that he also predicted this in 1994, and it was a false prediction as well. When asked about what happened in 1994, Camping responded, “I made a mathmateical error.” Now, before I go judging and rebuking Camping, I want to give me beliefs on the rapture.

Let me first say, the rapture is going to happen (just not at the time that Camping or anyone else can predict). In fact the Son of God does not even know the exact time, only the Father knows. Mark 13:32 says, “But of that day and (that) hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in Heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” If Jesus does not know the time when the Father sends Him to get His children, I am sure Camping nor no one else does as well. The first thing about the rapture is that it is going to happen. The second thing is that no one knows when! It could have happened today, or tomorrow, or last week! We are not sure. That is why we must be on guard at all times. You must live every day like it is the day of the rapture.

Now, about Camping. He is confused in his theology. I do hate the fact that I believe this is giving Christians a bad name. When the unsaved sees a believe predict the coming of Christ, and it does not happen, we lose our credibility. I hate to say that, but I believe it is true. I personally have wondered if Camping himself does not believe today is judgment day, but he just wanted the fame that he has received. Who knows. let’s not bash Camping, but let’s use this time as an opportunity to further the powerful life changing gospel of Jesus Christ because……HE IS COMING BACK!

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at

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