Can we know when Jesus will return?

by Chuck McKnight, AiG–U.S.
April 15, 2011, updated October 21, 2011

A: May 21 came and went. There was no worldwide earthquake. There was no rapture. The Lord did not choose that day to return. Harold Camping once again demonstrated the biblical truth, “You know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13). Unfortunately, like so many false prophets before him, Camping refuses to admit he was wrong. Instead, he has stated that Judgment Day really did occur—it was just a “spiritual” judgment—and Christ will actually return on October 21. Harold Camping has given us a clear example of the absurdities one must go to in defense of an allegorical interpretation of the Bible. We urge you to simply take the Bible as it is written and to interpret a given passage according to the principles consistent with its particular genre. When we try to spiritualize a historical account or add in a double-meaning not clearly stated in scripture, we do injustice to the Word of God.

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