My writing group buddy, Jim Stratton, posted on his blog* about Camping and his rapture prediction. His post got me thinking about how I had learned that any child under 12 would automatically be caught up in the rapture because of his age.
I researched online to corroborate this information, but what I found was much more interesting. Here is information quoted from Wikipedia regarding some of the rapture predictions:
Some notable Rapture predictions include the following:
- 1844 – William Miller predicted Christ would return between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844, then revised his prediction, claiming to have miscalculated Scripture, to October 22, 1844. The realization that the predictions were incorrect resulted in a Great Disappointment. Miller’s theology gave rise to the Advent movement. The Baha’is believe that Christ did return as Miller predicted in 1844, with the advent of The Báb, and numerous Miller-like prophetic predictions from many religions are given in William Sears book, Thief in The Night.
- 1914, 1918, 1925, 1942 – Dates set for the end by the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- 1981 – Chuck Smith predicted that Jesus would probably return by 1981.
- 1988 – Publication of 88 Reasons why the Rapture is in 1988, by Edgar C. Whisenant.
- 1989 – Publication of The final shout: Rapture report 1989, by Edgar Whisenant. This author made further predictions of the Rapture for 1992, 1995, and other years.
- 1992 – A Korean group, “Mission for the Coming Days”, predicted October 28, 1992 as being the date of the Rapture.
- 1993 – Seven years before the year 2000; the Rapture would have to start to allow for seven years of the Tribulation before the Return in 2000. Multiple predictions.
- 1994 - Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles predicted that the Rapture would occur on June 9, 1994. Radio evangelist Harold Camping predicted September 6, 1994.
- 2011 – Harold Camping’s revised prediction had May 21, 2011 as the date of the Rapture.
- 2060 – Sir Isaac Newton proposed, based upon his calculations using figures from the Book of Daniel, that the Apocalypse could happen no earlier than 2060.
What I find so interesting about this is that we’re still here which just goes to prove that only God knows, but if I were going to bet on anyone; it would be Sir Isaac Newton. Afterall he’s the one who discovered all those motion laws; so I would think he’d be the one “in the know.”