A Time of No Truth?

Apparently there’s a guy out there who is claiming that the end times are going to begin May 21st.  He’s putting up billboards all across the country, warning people that the Tribulation is coming.  You may have heard of this.  If you haven’t, here’s an article to that tune:

http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-01-01/bay-area/17466332_1_east-bay-bay-area-first-time-camping

Harold Camping …88, has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade, crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he’d found: The world will end May 21, 2011.This is not the first time Camping has made a bold prediction about Judgment Day. On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping’s believers gathered inside Alameda’s Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years. Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven. But the world did not end. Camping allowed that he may have made a mathematical error. He spent the next decade running new calculations, as well as overseeing a media company that has grown significantly in size and reach.

Apparently now he’s saying he wasn’t wrong, you just have to add 7 years to it.  (!!)  What I find interesting is that May 21st has NO significance Scripturally whatsoever.  It’s not Pesach/Passover, it’s not Shavout/Pentecost… it’s not even a New Moon.  It’s just some weird random date.  So I can guarantee you what day the Lord will NOT return for Harold Camping.

But that’s not where I really wanted to go with this… I was looking at a site debunking him (I wanted to know what other crap he’s dished out)… and it said that Harold Camping taught that NO ONE was saved between 1988 through 1994.  And I thought, “You have GOT to be kidding.  What a nutcase.”

Then this morning I was reading a Jewish site, and read this:

And the Lord said, “I’ll place you all in… a generation that will have much confusion, tests, suffering, and hardships, a generation where the truth will be absent, a generation where one will be easily trapped by the evil inclination. There will be many opportunities to get trapped into terrible sins; everything will be available to you in split seconds. It will be a generation that will feel exhausted from trying to do Teshuva, the evil inclination will be very powerful and adultery, lust, temptations, promiscuity, stealing, heresy, secularism, etc. will be everywhere.  BUT, despite all these hardships, all neshamot that will succeed to pass these difficult tests and continue to have Emunah, will be tremendeously rewarded and will merit to live in the Geula.”

I got to thinking about it this morning… having been raised a christian for thirty years, and then realizing that everything I’d been taught was WRONG… the truth was absent from my life.  In fact, Messianic Judaism (or the belief in a Hebrew Messiah, rather than one stripped of his Judasim) wasn’t even a glimmer in anyone’s eyes from the time of Constantine thru to the 1860’s.

It’s just… well, if you have a world without a Torah-Observant Messiah, and without Torah-Observant Believers… you have no Truth, do you?  I’m just thinking out loud… not that I believe Camping’s period has ANY bearing in reality at all… but I’m wondering… is it possible there HAS BEEN a period in which no person was saved?  Let’s face it, Messiah said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”  At the time He said that, there was on New Testament… so keeping the commandments HAD to equate to keeping Torah.

Further, Paul writes that ‘faith without works is dead’.  Works being the keeping of the commandments that acts out the Love we have for Messiah.  If the false ‘faith’ of the Catholic/Protestant churches is without the obedience of Torah… then that faith is dead; in essence, those people were/are lost.  You can’t have a coin with only one side, after all.  So does that mean there was, indeed, a period in which no one was saved, that there was no Truth?  I’m just wondering…

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