The Bible was quite clear when it said that false prophets would arise, and if possible, deceive even the Elect.
The Bible made it pretty clear how to identify these false prophets, too. Their words would not line up with the Word of God. They would quote Scripture, but they would change subtle things when they quoted it, to totally misrepresent the whole text. For example, this particular false prophet named Harold Camping turned "No One Knows the Day or the Hour, Period" into "No One Knows the Day or the Hour, Question Mark?" That subtle difference introduced doubt into the Words of God, and caused people to go astray and be led through their confusion to follow a Blind Man and expect that they could forecast the Unknowable Plan of God.
Amazingly, the Bible was even more specific than this, too, when it told how you could identify the false prophets. It said that false prophets would be those who deny that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. We Christians have always taken that warning to be a historical reference to the Gnostics in the first century who denied that Jesus' coming was physical and historical. But evidently, it had an interpretation for our times too/ For on May 22, 2011, to exhonoroate his failed prediction, Harold Camping stated that Jesus Christ did come, but not in the flesh. He further introduced doubt into the Words of God by implying that God's greatest Promises about the Future, may in fact be only metaphors. Not real solutions. Nothing that can actually help us or save the Earth.
I protest. I disagree. Isn't a God like that useless?
I will argue that the Bible has given us yet another clue about false prophets. False prophets are all those who preach a message of condemnation, or confusion. Who fail to draw all men to Christ because they are painting Him out to be harsh, hateful, mean and perverse. More full of "Judgement" than he really is. Time after time after time again I hear the Word proclaimed: "JUDGEMENT!" Westboro Baptist Church (who say God Hates America). Dove World Outreach Center (the Burn-a-Qu'ran church). Harold Camping, who detatched himself from the sufferings of his Time by sneering, "YOUR world is now under Judgement," when God called him to Love, Love, and Give Aid. To Feed His Sheep.
Yes, the Bible speaks of judgement. But it speaks of a God who always Remembers Mercy in Judgement. It speaks of God who delivers, who rescues, who uplifts. Who loves. It speaks of a God who is ready to step in at any moment, forgive, fix, and save. In our troubled Times He is needed more than any other God. Certainly more than the false one who false prophets say is poised, ready to strike at any moment, ready to afflict bruised reeds and slaughter innocent hopes.
The face of Christianity is smeared with false prophets but the Bible stand unobscured. Come, buy food without Price. Though your Sins be as Scarlet, they Shall be White as Snow. There can be a Worldwide Day of Mercy on October 21, 2011, or indeed, on any Day, if we will but choose it. Christ's arm is outstretched, not in Judgement, but in a Loving Embrace of Sacrifice. His Cross. The Church forgot to take it up. Instead, they took up a Sword. Lay down the Sword, pick up the Cross. His Gospel is PEACE. His Gospel is PEACE.
PEACE. Planet Earth Anxiously Craves Eternity
MERCY. Miraculous Earth Rejoicing Cries Yes
I did feel something on May 21, 2011, at 6pm. I felt something Spiritual. It was not Harold Camping's prediction, but it was instead, a rapturous feeling of Joy: Joy that I am Saved, Joy that I am on Earth, Joy that God is not finished with my Planet, Joy that He still saves, still Heals, and is still Creating Beauty the World Over, in People's Lives and in Natural Places. In Shenandoah National Park in the Waterfalls and in the Forests. God is Love, God is Here, Now. Alive. Powerful. Wonderful. And Yours. Abundant.