Unrepentant Apocalyptic False Prophet Shrugs Off World Not Being ‘Annihilated’ by Fire Wednesday

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PHILADELPHIA — The leader of a Pennsylvania-based group that followed the late Harold Camping, a radio host who made numerous false predictions about the end of the world, is shrugging off his incorrect prognostication that the Earth would be “annihilated” by fire on Wednesday.

“Since it is now October 8th it is now obvious that we were incorrect regarding the world’s ending on the 7th,” wrote eBible Fellowship leader Chris McCann in an online note on Thursday. “Did we lie? No.”

“The fact is that we consistently told people that October 7th, 2015 (being the end of the world) was a strong likelihood. And according to the good amount of biblical evidence at our disposal it was,” he continued. “Therefore saying it was a ‘strong likelihood’ was a true statement. We also openly acknowledged that there was a small likelihood that it would not happen. There was no lie or deceitfulness involved in any way.”

McCann stated that he does not care what others think about him and his group.

“The church’s opinion is of no significance to us,” he wrote. “The Bible teaches that the church age is over. And the churches of the world are all operating without the presence of the Holy Spirit. The numerous doctrinal errors of all the world’s churches prove the condition of their spiritual darkness. Therefore eBible Fellowship is completely unconcerned with how any church or its members perceive us.”

The end of the “church age” referenced by McCann was first espoused by Camping, who contended that Christians should leave their churches and listen to his radio broadcast.

As previously reported, eBible Fellowship had been taking to the streets in the Philadelphia area for the past year with signs, shirts and literature to proclaim that the world would end on Wednesday.

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“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,” 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.”

But Camping apologized for his predictions in 2012 before his death the following year, remarking that it was sinful of him to do so.

“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.”

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 that only the Father in Heaven knows the exact date.

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  • Joshua Krug

    The Church age is over?

    • lee metzger

      That’s what Camping taught. It’s proof of how the mind stops thinking when you isolate yourself from the rest of the church as Family Radio did years ago. Your view of things gets narrower and narrower until you convince yourself of beliefs as ridiculous as the idea that the church age is done. Family Radio at one time was a good ministry, but when Harold lost his mind (and he definitely did) it became basically a sectarian cult.

      • Tyler Mitchell

        I will say that Camping said he was wrong on everything he said in the past when he was on his death bed.He repented(so he said) and wished his followers would do the same.It’s clear this nut is going to carry on being a nut..he hardly has anyone paying him much mind..but the media gives him a large mic because it makes Christians “look bad”.This new Camping nut believes his followers are the real Jews…I kid you not!

        • flackmaster00

          this guy is no different from the legions of christians endlessly proclaiming “judgement is coming” and “these are the end times” except for the fact that he foolishly put an expiration date on his interpretation of the bible.

          • Desertcatn

            This guy putting a date, would be the most important point of difference, between the legions of Christians and this man!

          • flackmaster00

            he could have milked it indefinitely otherwise. then again, many people are desperate to believe in this stuff, i’m sure he still has some ardent followers and will pick more back up when his prediction is eventually forgotten

          • Desertcatn

            Whatever, just was pointing out that the date would be a key difference.

          • flackmaster00

            re-read my comment, i was agreeing with you

  • Dave_L

    “The Bible teaches that the church age is over”

    Not quite…..

    “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations (Gentiles), baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19–20)

    This verse says says the Gospel will be preached, primarily but not exclusively to the Gentiles (all nations) until the end of the world. It also means the “times of the Gentiles” endure until the end of the world, in which case Jerusalem will remain trodden down of the gentiles until the last day.

  • BarkingDawg

    I think it all had something to do with Jim Bakker’s underwear

  • FoJC_Forever

    There are many, many religious organizations which claim to be part of the Church, but are only the work of mankind. The Church is and has always been those who truly love, know, and follow Jesus (the) Christ. Jesus knows those who are His and has set His Seal upon them.

    There is no such thing as a “church age” in Christianity. It is part of a doctrine invented by people to make others slaves to false religious organizations and the manipulations of false doctrines. The Church is all those who truly love, know, and follow Jesus (the) Christ, past, present, and future. The Church isn’t an ‘organization’. The Church is comprised of all who have received Salvation, having been removed from the Kingdom of Darkness and brought into the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Light, the Kingdom of the Son of God.

    All false doctrine can be avoided by seeking the LORD yourself and quit relying on people who appear to know the Scriptures and God. God will talk to you. God will lead you by His Holy Spirit. God will teach you the meanings of the Scriptures through His Holy Spirit. You don’t need to rely on people who only want to keep you in bondage to their beliefs and their interpretations. You can know Truth simply by knowing Jesus (the) Christ. Those who rely on hearing from God through someone who claims to be a minister of God will be led astray.

  • stevenc

    The bible never explicitly says that there is a church age. Jesus said that the kingdom of God will come without observation and it was brought in by Jesus in his day (Luke 17:20-21)

    He also said that if He casts out demons by the finger of God then the Kingdom has come (Matthew 12:28) and by casting out demons the devil, strong man, is bound (12:29 & Rev 20:2)

    I think that it would do well for the church to believe what Jesus has said regardless of what you read in the newspaper or spouted by the latest prophecy expert. Take time texts literally. Whenever the bible says phrases like, near, soon, shortly, at hand, or this generation, that’s what they mean to the audience in the context of the passage.

    Remember, even to this day, the Jews were futurists and completely missed their messiah when he came. Let’s not miss the kingdom that is here right now! There are disciples to be made and Christ is reigning right now (Matt 28:18-20).

  • Oh, you Christians… you so funny.

    • flackmaster00

      person one: “person two is not a real christian because i don’t agree with his interpretation of the blble!”
      person two: “person one is not a real christian because i don’t agree with his interpretation of the blble!”

  • Reason2012

    “McCann stated that he does not care what others think about him and his group.”

    You need to care what God thinks when you face Him for continuing to deceive so many.

    “The church’s opinion is of no significance to us,” he wrote. “The Bible teaches that the church age is over. And the churches of the world are all operating without the presence of the Holy Spirit.”

    The Bible teaches no such thing. And secondly, even if it did, you’ve proven you are unable to figure out any such date that it would have happened.

    The only ones operating without the Holy Spirit are those who speak in His name prophecies and those things do not come to pass.

    “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.”
    Deuteronomy 18:22

  • JohninRedding

    “The Bible teaches that the church age is over.” Not until Christ comes again will the church age be over. They might think it is not a big deal that the earth did not end on the date they established. However, it clearly makes them false prophet. It is foolish for man to try to establish an exact date, or month, or year that Jesus will return.