They capture the attention of the mass media and cause great harm. Nobody who truly believes the Bible dares to make such a claim. It is true that quite a detailed end-time programme is revealed, particularly in Daniel and Revelation, but no hidden codes or formulae reveal the start date of this programme.
A belief in the "rapture" fell into obscurity for over 1,000 years, to reappear in the 16th century and be widely proclaimed in the 19th century by JN Darby, DL Moody and many others. It is a belief not restricted to any particular denomination. Being right with God is the only necessary preparation.
DONALD CB CAMERON
Prophetic Witness Movement International
That the world will end and believers be raptured when the Lord Jesus Christ returns is certainly true and biblical; however the claim of Harold Camping and his followers that he or anyone else can predict when this will happen is definitely not.
In addition to the Bible verses given in the article, you ought to have quoted Christ's own words in Matthew 24:36: "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone."
This truth is very clear, and anyone who attempts to say differently is only deluding themselves and anyone who listens to them.
Hawick, Scottish Borders