Steve Coerper (23 Feb 2011)
"Re: "Will the Rapture occur on the 20th or the 21st of May 2011?""
Dear John, Ola and Doves:
Israel became a nation again after about 1,878 years out of the land on May 14th, 1948.  This date converts to 5 Iyyar 5708.  70 years later is 5 Iyyar 5778 which is April 20th, 2018.  Seven years before this terminal date is this coming May 9th.
Camping is an opportunist and a false "prophet."  His track record and eschatology are both dismal, and this is well documented.  The rapture will NOT happen on May 21st.  (And if I'm wrong, I will joyfully apologize on the way up!)
IF:  May 14th, 1948 was prophetically significant, and was a fulfillment of the "budding of the fig tree" and the beginning of the "terminal generation," we can expect a rapture event within the next 75 days.  If we're still here on May 10th, we will all have some re-thinking to do, as one (or more) of the following must then be seen as true:
1.  May 14th 1948 was NOT the beginning of the final generation, or
2.  A generation is more than 70 years ("80, if we have the strength"), or
3.  A generation may be 70 years or less, but the starting point is some date other than May 14, 1948, or
4.  We are incorrect in believing the rapture will happen 7 years before the end; i.e. some sort of mid-trib or pre-wrath position is correct.
5.  This method of determining the time is incorrect.  70 years from 5 Iyyar 5708 should be reckoned by some other method, which would allow more time for fulfillment.
I have no trouble believing that when this coming May 8th arrives, the belief that we are on the threshold of major global unpleasantness will be widespread.  Many of us will continue to hope for deliverance.  If we're still here on the 10th, however, I think some major eschatological re-alignments will be in order.
Raleigh, North-Carolina
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