Rapture update 2: Not another Japan earthquake

This is number 2 in my series of updates for Camping’s predicted Rapture Day, to follow on after Rapture update 1: New Zealand untouched. Don’t worry, I won’t be posting these updates every hour through the day, but just when significant times have passed.

Mount Fuji, JapanIt is now past 6 pm in Japan. They don’t have daylight saving, so we don’t have to worry about that factor. And we can thank God that he has not allowed another major earthquake today in that country already suffering so much from the March earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

If any of the small Christian minority there have been raptured, we might not know about it yet. But we would surely have heard if masses of Christians had disappeared from Sydney, Australia, where it is now after 7 pm.

I don’t have a lot of pity for most of the Christians who will probably find out by tonight that they have been deluded by Harold Camping. I think in fact there are rather few of them, mostly in the USA. They really have only themselves to blame if they put their trust in someone as unqualified as Camping, who has already shown himself untrustworthy.

But there is one group of deluded Christians for whom I have a lot of pity. As reported by the BBC no less,

In Vietnam, thousands of members of the Hmong ethnic minority gathered near the border with Laos earlier this month to await the 21 May event.

These poor people, if they are disappointed when the Rapture is supposed to come to them in just over an hour, may be left with no homes to go back to. That would be really sad. If that happens, Camping and friends ought to be held responsible.

Archdruid Eileen is right: the Christian proclamation should not be bad news for the poor, but good news. If it is bad news for anyone, it ought to be for the complacently rich, including those in churches, who don’t show any concern for the physical or spiritual state of poorer people around the world. Well, this whole Rapture scenario do some good, even if no Rapture happens, if it shakes some Christians out of their complacency into understanding that the end will come, at least for each individual at death, and that God will have something to say about how they have spent their lives which is nothing to do with how much wealth they have stored up.

Meanwhile Matthew Malcolm is liveblogging from Perth, Australia, where the Rapture is due in a few minutes …

12 thoughts on “Rapture update 2: Not another Japan earthquake

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  2. I appreciate your blog. So many that I have read has been so distastful. I like your message. I am studying to be a Jehovah Witness and I just left my church because of false religion, but I have to admit I was a little shaky about this. This is a wonderful confirmation of my path..

  3. Thank you, Crystal. But I should point out that my position is rather different from that of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who have of course offered their own dates for the end and got them wrong. I don’t take literally the figure of 144,000 going to heaven. Rather, I believe that in the probably distant future all of us believers will inherit the new heavens and the new earth in which the Lord Jesus Christ will be King.

  4. Three questions Peter?

    1. It’s now about 6.15 pm – according to the clock in the centre of town which shows both, we’re about 12 min behind GMT. I’m sure you’re a holier man than me. Are you still here? Or bearing in mind that it’s summer time, is it 7 pm we should be looking out for? Or even 5 pm or 7.12 pm

    2. Why 6 pm? Where does Mr Campling get that from? I can’t see any explanation on his site.

    3. What happened that was so remarkable on May 21st 1988? I can’t remember anything significant on that day and am not aware of any reason why one might conclude God closed down his operations then. Yet Mr Campling seems to say that on 21st May 1988, God
    “finished using the churches and congregations of the world. The Spirit of God left all churches and Satan, the man of sin, entered into the churches to rule at that point in time.”
    There’s been plenty of sin before and after that date. What was so special about it?

    Or am I missing something?

  5. understand that the SON does not know the exact date on which the following prophesy will occur—”only the FATHER”. so, anyone who claims to know the exact date has been misled.

    yes, HE will come to snatch up all who are “in CHRIST”, but first all who have passed away. “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. And so we will be with the LORD forever.”(1Th 4:16-17 NIV)

    so that you will not be misled today, study the Bible today.(Mat 24:36; Mar 13:32)

  6. Yes, Dru, I’m still here. But it’s not quite yet 6 pm by the sun here in Warrington, so if I disappear in the next half hour or so you will know why.

    As for your other questions, your guess is as good as mine.

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