Greatest Religious Crime
May 20, 2011 104 Comments
The date May 21, 2011 will be long remembered like the fall of 1975 when the Jehovah’s Witnesses, through the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, predicted the coming of the Armageddon. Predictions by self-appointed prophets are old story being repeated again and again.
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
The saying “history repeats itself” is true. Human beings may die but the spirit of error since its inception to the world is still here!
I JOHN 4:6
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Such spirit of error dwells in people who love to believe a lie more than the truth.
II THESSALONIANS 2:11-12
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
The spirit of error which provoked the Seventh Day Adventists to predict that the coming of Christ will be on March 21, 1844 and then again on October 22, 1844 which both failed, is the same spirit that is now working within the group of Harold Camping that says that 21 May, 2011 is the end of the world!
I do not know if I will still be alive on May 21, 2011 but one thing is sure: this is another deception from the spirit of error that worketh in the children of disobedience.
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Maybe most of you will still be alive come May 21, 2011 to see the fulfillment of one of the most important predictions of the Bible:
I JOHN 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Part of obedience is to believe on what we are taught to believe. The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the author and finisher of Christian belief or faith, once said:
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Christian faith must be firmly established on the revealed truth, the word of God taught by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
The truth is, “regarding that day and hour knoweth no man, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only!” Anybody giving an exact date on this God-appointed day will fail!
THE ACTS 17:31
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
THE ACTS 1:7
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Heeding to these teachings of the Lord, a God-fearing preacher will never set a definite date for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
These are false prophets!
William Miller initially set the day for the return of Jesus Christ in 1843. When the second coming failed to occur, he set another date for March 21, 1844, which also failed and then another date for October 22, 1844, which again failed. The effect on the Millerite movement was a major disaster, and the failure of the return of Jesus Christ to appear was called the “Great Disappointment.” The failed prophecies of William Miller proved that he was a false prophet, not only because of their failure, but also because of the fact that he contradicted Scripture which says that only God knows the time of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
“End of the World” Prophecies
1914 was one of the more important estimates of the start of the war of Armageddon by the Jehovah’s Witnesses (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society). They computed 1914 from prophecy in the book of Daniel, Chapter 4. The writings referred to “seven times”. The WTS interpreted each “time” as equal to 360 days, giving a total of 2520 days. This was further interpreted as representing 2520 years, measured from the starting date of 607 BCE. This gave 1914 as the target date.
1914, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975 and 1994 were other dates that the Watchtower Society predicted. 1975 looked likely as it was computed as the 6000th anniversary of the creation of Adam in the Garden of Eden in 4026 BCE. They interpreted Psalms 90:10 as defining the length of a generation to be 80 years. Since 1914 plus 80 equals 1994, they predicted Armageddon would occur around that year. The latest estimate was 6000 years after the creation of Eve, for which no date can be determined with any accuracy.
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
The word translated here presumptuously is זדון – zâdôn which means arrogance.
It is the height of arrogance or boastfulness to directly contradict the written word of God in the Bible! William Miller, Ellen G. White, The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Bang-Ik Ha, Harold Camping and many more are a gang of false prophets committing a syndicated crime which can be considered as the Greatest Religious Crime in the history of humanity!
Why do I believe that such false predictions constitute the greatest religious crime? It is because of these false preachers and prophets that there will be blasphemers and scoffers!
II PETER 3:3-4
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
Those who slaughtered the Jews and Christians in the past have committed an abominable crime against God and humanity, but the souls of the murdered Christians were not imperiled! But the greatest crime that can be committed by religious teachers is to endanger the salvation of souls due to misleading doctrines and beliefs!
The rise in number of scientists that reject the Bible is due to these scientists’ frustrations in false religions led by these false prophets. The increasing number of atheists worldwide is also caused by the imprudent interpretations of the Scriptures by these blind religious leaders! Is there any other crime greater than these crimes against God and humanity?
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
It would have been better and harmless if Harold Camping went on just camping rather than preaching!