As for the May 21st prediction, I feel sad. I feel discouraged that people who call themselves Christian are misleading so many others. I am disgusted when I drive by some of the billboards. One, with a pen poised on a date calender says "Save the Date! Judgment Day May 21st 2011". Or the billboard on highway 45 that exclaims May 21st as Judgement Day and then lies "The Bible guarantees it!" A small attempt by little humans to gain their own sense of control. Not all have a faith, but all know that the whole idea behind faith is believing in something greater than yourself. These misleaders are doing the opposite of that. As for the Christian Radio voice of Mr. Camping, I cannot speak for his heart, but I do regret that he put all of his certainty into this date. I believe he belittled God's majestic and holy Word into a maze of clues and details. Now, think, when his prediction fails, how many people will turn their backs on the Bible, or even God? Some might think, well if the Bible guarantees this information, and it didn't happen, the Bible must not be true...
Simple as this: if God would want people, or His followers to know the date of Jesus' return, He could have clued us in in a snap. Being all-powerful and all-knowing, how easy it would be for Him to get a message to us! He did not, though. Instead, He was clear in His Word that "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" Matthew 24:36. As clear as God made Himself in His word, here we are, trying to decode a nonexistent puzzle, attempting to get our own grip on the world. All of this talk is belittling the holiness of the Bible and the instructions of faith within it.
None of us can say when Jesus will return, or when the Rapture will take place. That is the whole point of the Rapture..one must be ready! "So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." Matthew 24:44 The Bible says in 1 Thessolonians 5:2 that "for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night." Does a thief ever give you a warning?...okay, well except in Home Alone ;) Why would a thief let you know his arrival? You would bolt up all the doors and windows with a weapon ready to harm the thief; on the contrary, the thief comes when the victim is unexpecting, many times at night in the dark, or when the victim would be best caught off guard. The Bible is trying to show us that God wants you to be ready at all times..its a way to let us know how we need to be living our lives. Anybody can be on their best behavior the night of Jesus' return, but God wants to see us live our lives for Him. Much different. In Matthew 7:14, we read "small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Most will be living their life for other reasons when the Rapture happens, and only few will be living truly ready.
The world will end when God says it will. No one has that power or knowledge but Him. Remember to always check your sources multiple times, especially in this day and age. The Bible explicitly warns against "false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves." 2 Peter 2:1 Live your life READY. There is no shortcut, no trick, just be ready.