Apocalyptic False Prophet and Followers Waiting for World to Be ‘Annihilated’ by Fire Today

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RADNOR, Pa. — A Pennsylvania-based group that is led by a follower of the late Harold Camping, a radio host who made numerous false predictions about the end of the world, is waiting for the world to be “annihilated” by fire today as their leader has predicted that Oct. 7 is the Earth’s day of destruction.

The group, called eBible Fellowship, has been taking to the streets in the Philadelphia area with signs, shirts and literature to proclaim that the world would end today.

“According to what the Bible is presenting, it does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of in which the world will pass away,” leader Chris McCann told the Guardian on Tuesday.

He said that he came up with the date after utilizing a previous date predicted by Camping, which he asserts wasn’t completely false. McCann states that May 21, 2011 was really Judgment Day, and that God took 1,600 days after that time to decide which non-believers would be saved before destroying the Earth with fire.

“When we go 1600 days from the beginning of Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 we come to a day (October 7, 2015) that is the last day of harvest in the biblical (Hebrew) calendar,” he told reporters. “Therefore we dare to say that on that day there is a strong likelihood that God will gather into Heaven the precious fruit of all those He has saved and complete the destruction of all of those He did not save.”

McCann pointed to Scripture’s promise of the coming “great and terrible day of the Lord.”

“God destroyed the first Earth with water, by a flood, in the days of Noah. And He says He’ll not do that again—not by water—He does say in 2nd Peter 3 that he’ll destroy it by fire,” he stated.

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While Christians agree that a day is coming when God will judge the earth as the Bible warns, they also note that Jesus outlined in Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

McCann told reporters that he is confident of his prediction, albeit suggesting room for error.

“There’s a strong likelihood that this will happen,” he said, “which means there’s an unlikely possibility that it will not.”

As previously reported, in March 2012, Harold Camping released a letter repenting of his predictions, remarking that it was “sinful” of him to attempt to prognosticate the time of God’s judgment, and asked for forgiveness.

“We realize that many people are hoping they will know the date of Christ’s return. In fact, for a time Family Radio fell into that kind of thinking,” he wrote. “But we now realize that those people who were calling our attention to the Bible’s statement that ‘of that day and hour knoweth no man,’ were right in their understanding of those verses and Family Radio was wrong.”

In addition to May 21, 2011, Camping had also predicted September 6, 1994 and May 21, 1988 as being Judgment Day.

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  • Tux

    Sorry mate – already October 8 here and no armegedon.

    • Dave_L

      If you think about it, those who are looking for a literal battle of Armageddon must wait – until after their “literal” Millennium – for it to take place.

      “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Revelation 20:7–8)

      • Tux

        Thanks for the correction – I guess I am not too familiar with end time eschatology.

        • Dave_L

          Actually, what you said is a very popular view held by today’s leading prophecy teachers. Not that they are correct, but they are very popular and sell $$$ in books and movies. It is easy to assume they are right, but historically the Church held the Pre-millennial view or the Amillennial view.
          I believe the Amillennial view is the correct one.

    • bowie1

      You must be in Australia. It’s still October 7th on this side of the world. However I concur with Clae Brewer in the above comment.

  • Dave_L

    If you think about it, those who believe in the Pre-Trib Rapture followed by the Millennium seven years later, predict that the world will end 1007 years from the time of the Rapture. That would be seven years for a Great Tribulation followed by one thousand years of Millennium. So in view of this, how can these doctrines be true if we cannot know when the end will be?

    • Tyler Mitchell

      Actually Christ never said you don’t know the end….He said you won’t know HIS APPEARING IN THE SKY the Rapture the day or hour.

      • Dave_L

        Please explain. He is speaking about the end of the world;

        “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:35–36)

        • Names_Stan

          Not sure if we share the same sense of humor, but you might enjoy Slacktivist on Patheos comic critique of the Left Behind novels.

          Just Google “Slacktivist Left Behind Index”, and start at Index I. I haven’t read a page of Lahaye & Jenkins, but this stuff is still hilarious. Whenever I get back into reading the posts (there are hundreds of them), I can’t stop reading “just one more”.

  • Liz Litts

    Hey people—did nobody listen To Jesus? “NO ONE knows the day or the hour but MY FATHER IN HEAVEN”!

  • Clae Brewer

    Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

    2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.

    Understand that these people have twisted the doctrine of Christ. Jesus relayed to His disciples that NO ONE KNOWS the HOUR. He only taught the signs to look for. Harold Camping was wrong when he was alive and he still wrong dead yet his followers cowardly blame him for this falsely predicted event yet again.

    • Anna

      Exactly. . Too bad so many are being deceived.

  • Gordon A. Parsons

    Such a fool.

  • disqus_0DOSkRT69a

    Two and a half hours left, but, still no horsemen galloping down the street.

  • Nidalap

    At least they didn’t sell all their belongings to prepare to ride a comet out of here…did they?

  • Valri

    I don’t really see the difference between Camping’s followers and lots of the end times people I see on this site. That guy who can’t finish a message without saying “Judgement is coming.” No it’s not. And it never has.

    • Angel Jabbins

      Just because these wackos are wrong does not mean that judgment day is never coming. If that is the case, then Jesus was a liar because He definitely stated that He would return to judge the world…the final judgment. The day and hour will not be known to anyone but God Himself, but when He comes it will be as a thief in the night…taking most people by complete surprise.

      And, it is not true that there was never any judgment before. The prophets in the OT said many times ‘judgment is coming’ and it surely did…The Flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the judgment of Israel that resulted in fall of Jerusalem and the 70 year captivity.

      • Valri

        Like so many fundamentalists before you, you believe the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah to be homosexuality. It was not. It was inhospitality.

        • Angel Jabbins

          Stop listening to Matthew Vines and others like him….false teachers who are twisting the Word of God.

          Do you really think God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for the ‘sin of inhospitality’? Inhospitality may be a sin, but is it of the magnitude to bring down fire and brimstone, to burn up all the people alive and destroy those cities completely? Wow! Pretty serious thing…this sin of inhospitality. Sounds like it is more serious than
          murder or rape or blasphemy even. Be real. Though inhospitality is wrong, surely it does not raise to the level of a sin that God would treat in this extreme way….even if the visitors were angels. Besides, how were the men being inhospitable when they asked Lot to bring the men out to them so they could ‘know’ them, if by ‘know’ they only meant to get acquainted with them? It makes no
          sense, but even more important, it is a twisting of the scriptures to deny the real truth of what was really going on in those two cities.

          The men told Lot to bring the men out to them that they
          might ‘know’ them. The word ‘know’ in Hebrew can mean get acquainted or it can mean to know in a sexual way. (Gen 4:1 ‘Adam KNEW Eve his wife; and she conceived and bare Cain..’) With the men of Sodom, it cannot mean ‘get acquainted with’ because we know Lot pleaded with the men not to do ‘this wicked thing’…even offering his daughters to them instead. “I have two daughters who have not known a man” (Genesis 19:8) Obviously,
          he was offering his daughters to them for sex to keep them from sexually assaulting his visitors. Moses in Gen 13:13 stated (under inspiration of the Holy Spirit):
          ‘But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord’. And later, in Gen 18:20: ‘their sin is very grievous’. Peter (2 Peter 2:7-8) talks
          about the ‘filthy conduct of the wicked’ and their “lawless deeds’ of the men of Sodom. If the men were just trying to get acquainted with the visitors, seeking to make them feel welcome, God would not have condemned them, but
          commended them instead.

          Some like to use the story of Jesus instructions to his disciples in Luke 10 as a sanction of homosexuality. Jesus directed his disciples on their evangelistic travels to enter into cities that would receive them and then partake of their hospitality. But, the cities that would not receive them, they were to shake the dust of those cities off their feet. Jesus declared: “It will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.” But Jesus was not drawing a comparison between that city and the city of Sodom based on inhospitality…that rejecting the disciples was a greater sin than rejecting the angelic visitors. The words of Jesus in Luke 10 were not directed against the cities’ refusal to offer hospitality to the disciples. Rather, what He
          condemned was their refusal to accept the teachings of the disciples. “He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me” (Luke 10:16). It was about rejection of Christ Himself…of His message of salvation through repentance of sin and trust in Him alone as Savior. It had
          nothing to do with the sin of inhospitality. It was about receiving the disciples’ message.

          You are giving yourself over to false teachers who are leading you astray from the truth. Jude warned the church about these deceivers. Jude 4: “For there are certain
          men crept in unawares who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our god into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ”. A few verses down, Jude talks about the judgment that is coming on the ungodly…verse 7: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to FORNICATION, and going after STRANGE FLESH, are sent forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

          Please, I beg of you, read the scriptures for yourself from Genesis to Revelation without the bias that others have placed in your mind. Read with a heart and mind open to God, asking Him to reveal the truth of what He truly means on these matters. Your soul’s destination depends on correct understanding of these issues.

    • bowie1

      Even if the Lord does not return in our life time we will still come before Him when we pass on.

      • Valri

        And He’s going to wonder why we were all so eager to pull the plug on this wonderful gift of life he gave us.

  • FoJC_Forever

    False ministers exist because there are gullible people willing to listen to anything and anyone other than Jesus (the) Christ. Religious people will call this guy false too, so people will follow them instead of following Jesus (the) Christ. The tricks of the Devil and those he uses are numerous, but there is only one Way, Truth, and Life.

    This particular wind of false doctrine will fade and another will come along to take its place. Other winds, both strong and slight, are blowing now. Most who keep being moved by these winds of false doctrine will get caught up in another one. Some will have a spiritual realization of their need to listen to God rather than the cunning, crafty doctrines of those who only want to promote themselves, for whatever reason.

    Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.

    Follow Jesus, find Salvation.