Augustine against Date-setting

Thank you for the informative and well-written editorial in the October 1, 1994 issue of the Standard Bearerconcerning the false prophecy of Mr. Harold Camping. The Bible forbids any date-setting. Also the great St. Augustine, living in the fourth century, A.D., warns against this sort of thing when he writes in his exposition of the Psalms, ch. VI:

“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no neither angel, nor Power, neither the Son, but the Father alone” shows clearly enough that no man shall arrogate to himself the knowledge of that time, by any computation of years (volume VIII, The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers).

If not even the angels in heaven know the hour and time of Christ’s coming what possible chance do we as human beings have of knowing the exact time of the Lord’s return?

Barney Sikma

New York, NY