There are many more of these characters -- all of them wrong. A prominent contemporary "prophet" is Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He claims he got word from Allah that he -- Ahmadinejad -- has been chosen to help end the world by making war on Israel at which time the 12th imam will reveal himself and create a worldwide caliphate. He also claims there are no homosexuals in Iran. Judge the validity of his prophetic voice for yourself.
Google "A Brief History of the Apocalypse" and be entertained by the many false prophets through the ages.
Camping and his acolytes ignore what the Jesus they claim to represent said about such things. When asked about the end of the age (see Matthew 24), Jesus said wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, nation rising against nation and a lot of other bad stuff would come first. All of these are part of the daily news. But then he said these things are just "the beginning."
Jesus then said His followers would be afflicted, even killed; they will betray and hate one another, many false prophets will arise and the "Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come."
That last part hasn't yet occurred, though people who study such things say they see signs of it approaching. Consider the futuristic book, Revelation.
I'm not expecting the end on May 21. That's because of something else Jesus said. He said he would return when people "least expect it" (Luke 12:40). By that standard, Mr. Camping is wrong because he expects the end to come this Saturday. And so it won't.
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