Above is a video of Harold Camping, the man behind the prophecy that the church would be raptured on May 21, 2011.

It’s now May 23rd.

While so many of made jokes concerning his prophecy, I honestly feel pity for him.

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It appears in all that I have seen and read that he honestly believed it.  He also believed it the first time he made the prophecy but then figured out he had made a mathematical error in his equation.  And with numerous followers supporting and funding his cause, he is left to deal with the people on the earth he was so sure he was leaving behind.

So did you believe the hype?  Did you secretly wonder?  Did you wonder if the cicadas were more than a mere nuisance and they were actually a sign of the times?

I was asked a lot of questions over the last week, and this was my response:

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” -Matthew 24:36

If Jesus himself says he didn’t know the time, I doubt any of us can figure it out.  If someone claims to know the day and hour, that has basically removed that day and hour out of the possible times.  And that is, if you believe in the rapture, which is another post for another day.

So what can we take away from the fact that the world is still turning today?

  • We are closer to the end today than we were yesterday.
  • Don’t focus too much on the second coming of Jesus when so many haven’t heard about his first coming.
  • Don’t buy into prophecies that claim to figure out what Jesus promised we could not.
  • God has been patient another day – don’t wait too long to get right with him (2 Pet. 3:9).
Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.