Christianity 201

October 22, 2011

Just Because It Didn’t Doesn’t Mean It Won’t

Got friends emailing you to ask what happened to yesterday’s “end of the world?”  Tennessee pastor Clay Gentry offers some advice from his blog Sharing The Good News that you can copy and paste and email back.  Or better yet, you can link them to his blog, where this appeared under the title Live Every Day Like It Is The Last Day.

Today is October 21, 2011, and according to Harold Camping, the Lord is supposed to return today… again. You might recall that back earlier this year, Harold Camping predicted that the Lord would return on May 21st, well obviously He didn’t (Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).

It’s little wonder that the likes of Harold Camping and other date setters are unsuccessful in predicting the Lord’s return, because the Lord Himself, in characterizing His return by saying,

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour” I will come (Matthew 25:13). 

And, the apostles, Paul and Peter, both established that the Jesus’ return would be unannounced, like a thief coming in the night (cf. Matthew 24:42-44).

“Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-2). 

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed” (2 Peter 3:10).

These passages clearly establish that we cannot know the day, nor the hour, that the Lord will return. However, while the passages clearly show that the likes of Harold Camping and other date setters will always fail in their predictions. They do teach us, that as believers, we need to live everyday as if it is our last day on earth. We must live everyday as if it is the day of the Lord’s return. We need to live every day, as if it is the last day we will have breath and life.

Let me ask you a question; are you ready, are you ready to meet your maker? Are you living every day, are you living today, as if it is the last day? The same passages that we would you to establish that Harold Camping is wrong in his predictions, are the same passages that encourage us to live every day as if it is truly our last day.

I hope that you are making preparations in your spiritual life to stand before your Lord and Maker. If I can help you in any way with that, just drop me a line at clay [at] I would love to hear from you. God bless you.

~Clay Gentry

Digging a little deeper:  Today’s reading for those of you who like to process things on a deeper level is a longer piece Clay wrote about how obeying God’s commandments begins with loving Him.  I encourage you to click over to It is Enough Just To Love God.


  1. Unfortunately for us, false prophecies like those of Mr. Camping demean all Christians in the eyes of the world of non-believers. Nevertheless, we live as if today is the day. Amen. Carley

    Comment by lambskinny — October 23, 2011 @ 11:24 am | Reply

  2. While we recognise Camping’s claims as a gross error, the sad part is that many non-believers grab onto his false claims and use it as an EXCUSE to ridicule Christianity – after of course, using it to still their own conscience with another lie of satan.
    We who know The Truth wait for the day of His appearing. It WILL happen and we look for it at any time.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — October 23, 2011 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

    • Outside of religious circles — and I chose the word religious over the word Christian or the word Evangelical — most people don’t realize that people like Camping represent one percent of one percent of one percent of Christians. Or less. Far less.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 23, 2011 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

      • True – but the news services always pick up on such things and a big thing was made of it in the news here in Oz. I’ve heard many ridicule Christianity because of it.

        Comment by meetingintheclouds — October 23, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

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