I don’t know what your plans were for tomorrow or even next week, but if you are Harold Camping, you are not making any. See, according to Camping, Jesus is coming back tomorrow at 6:00 PM. Jesus’ return will spark the ending of the world and people either going to heaven or hell. His bold predictions have generated worldwide attention. Over the last couple of years he has published adds, put messages on about 2,2000 billboards, and his followers have traveled everywhere handing out fliers and telling others about his prediction. Despite these predictions, rest assured that Jesus will not come tomorrow. Here are 3 reasons why:
1. Camping’s Previous Prediction. That’s right, this isn’t the first time Camping has predicted a Judgment Day. The last date he predicted was September 6, 1994. I don’t think we need much convincing that he was dead wrong. But just like all of the others who have predicted this before him, he claimed it was a “miscalculation.” I have a feeling another “miscalculation” excuse is right around the corner as well. Scripture tells us to test prophets and teachers to see if they are from God (Deuteronomy 18:22; 1 John 4:1). Camping has already disproved himself.
2. Jesus Didn’t Even Know the Time. Matthew 24:36 says, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” So, who do we suppose should be included in “no one”? The angels didn’t know when Judgment was. Not even Jesus Christ was privy to such information. So, why does Harold Camping think he is the exception? The bottom line is, he isn’t. Camping’s predictions will not come true tomorrow, because no one, and I do mean no one, knows when Judgment Day will be other than God.
3. The Thief in the Night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 states, “For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.” As much as we would like to know when a thief will strike, we just don’t. The Judgment Day will be just like this. We cannot know when the Lord is coming. People can tell us which day they think the Lord is coming as much as they like, but Scripture is quite clear on this topic. Judgment day is going to sneak up and be surprising to many people. Tomorrow would not be a surprise. This prediction just doesn’t match with Scripture.
Jesus summed up this entire discussion by simply saying, “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will” (Matthew 24:42-44).
Many people are going to be looking for Judgment Day tomorrow…and they will all be disappointed. God has stated very clearly that we “do not know when the Lord is coming” and that He will come “at an hour when you do not think He will.” So, since people are expecting Him to come tomorrow, we know Judgment Day will not be tomorrow.
However, we must continue to remember that we don’t know the day. It will not be tomorrow, but it could be today. Or it could be on Sunday. No matter what day He does come, we must always be ready. Let’s live our lives ready for that wonderful day when He does finally come.