The RaptureFail project was a great way to point out the failings of Harold Camping’s teachings. The people behind the website (which incredibly was only created last Wednesday so well done to @peterould who built it) are now encouraging all Christians to pray for those let down by this false prediction of the Rapture (here’s an extract from today’s blog):
What all these people need is grace and mercy. They need to know that God is much bigger than Harold Camping and that he is also much bigger then any of their individual or corporate failures. He is waiting to heal and restore those who have been wounded and broken by these events, and we need to be the agents of that healing and restoration.
The first thing we can do is pray. RaptureFail is calling all Christians to stop for a minute at 6pm, wherever you are in the world, and lift all these people to God. Ask for God’s mercy, grace and love to be given to those who believed in this false teaching and ask for His Holy Spirit to come into their lives and show them the truth about a God who has dealt with our mistakes by laying the punishment for them on His Son Jesus. Let’s pray for the real supernatural activity of God – not a false prophecy of Rapture and Armageddon but a true proclamation of forgiveness and restoration.
Do continue to pray for those who have been hurt and let down by this false teaching.
Let’s pray for the truth of God’s love to shine through to these people and for Harold Camping to repent and for God use his influence to help these people see the real Jesus.
This whole episode has called to mind this passage from Lamentations:
I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:19-26, New International Version)