I still believe—nay, I know there is still salvation today. The Biblical timeline of history that the late Harold Camping and Family Radio have put forth and that Chris McCann and EBible Fellowship continue to hold so dear is not entirely verifiable with the Bible alone. Anyone wishing to “verify” the Biblical timeline absolutely must use extra-Biblical sources. This is certainly a fool’s exercise, since going outside the Bible immediately throws a doctrine into doubt because the Holy Spirit didn’t inspire those sources.
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:20-21)
Private interpretation means at least in part to interpret the Bible using anything not inspired by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, private interpretation is inherent to using extra-Biblical sources to verify the calendar. Any prophesy propagated by this hermeneutic must needs be false. Any doctrine that builds on this prophesy, such as the horrible, cold-hearted teaching that God stopped saving on May 21, 2011, is immediately impossible because it’s based on teaching and prophesy that can’t be true to begin with.
Both on and before October 7, 2015, I doubted the end would be that day. The very fact that someone had predicted that particular date as strongly likely to be the last day made it seem strongly unlikely, at least to my way of thinking, as Jesus plainly said that of that day and hour knows no man.
“But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” (Mark 13:32)
The only One who knows anything concerning that day or that hour is God the Father. There is no exception to this, no caveat or qualification of any kind. The words of Jesus in this passage are plain and simple. There is no parable or riddle in His discourse. If you want more in-depth information about this particular statement, you can find it by downloading a copy of In Every Season: An Independent Biblical Proof That God Is Still Granting Salvation, which contains a careful study I conducted on the underlying Greek of Jesus’ statements that know one knows of that day and hour but His Father only.
If you’ve found this blog by searching for answers regarding the no-salvation/closed-door teaching and you’re afraid that it’s too late for salvation, then take heart. You may rest assured that you need not fear that you or those you care about have no possibility of salvation. Jesus was not omitting any sort of “however” or setting some kind of a snare when He commanded us to pray:
“watch ye, then, in every season, praying that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that are about to come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.’” (Luke 21:36 YLT)
The above passage is from Young’s Literal Translation of the Bible (YLT). I chose to quote the verse from that translation instead of the King James Version because YLT renders the Greek better in this verse than the King James Version does.
The incompleteness of the time information in the Bible, the absence of a reference point to our modern calendar, forces anyone who is bent on bridging that gap to go outside the Bible to do so. We can’t determine the time of any of the events recorded in the Bible relative to now with any kind of precision using the Bible alone. We must go to secular sources to try to do this. Now we’ve hit a wall. Why? Because secular sources can’t be trusted on par with the Bible, and the Bible will never verify those sources.
This means that May 21, 2011 was no more special than any of the other myriad dates that doomsday prophets have declared throughout history. It really was just another day where anything spiritual is concerned, though for some it was a day of enormous disappointment and confusion.
“When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:22)
The above Scripture passage applies to Chris McCann or anyone else attempting to prophesy the time of the end of this world. McCann and EBible Fellowship have attempted to give themselves an out by saying that October 7, 2015, was a “strong likelihood” of being the day of Christ’s return, but it’s too late. The damage has already been done long ago. EBible Fellowship under the leadership of Chris McCann adamantly asserted that the Bible guaranteed that Christ would return on May 21, 2011. That was their prophesy, and it didn’t come to pass. God had not sent anyone to declare that prophesy. This makes Chris McCann a false prophet and EBible Fellowship a vehicle of false prophesy to this day, because they have not repented of the date setting and have even propagated the heresy based on this date setting that God is no longer saving people.
I strongly discourage you from paying any attention to date setting from anyone at all, no exceptions. It’s a waste of time. Your focus as well as mine should always be on striving in to enter in at the straight gate, on giving diligence to make your calling and election sure, on providing the Word of God to all who will listen, on loving God by keeping His commandments, on repentance from sin with the mindset that the Kingdom of God is always at hand.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)