@ Ashbeck and LLG, Well put, there has always been an excuse for failed rapture predictions, some like SDA will say "well Jesus moved into the throne room for investigative judgment" JWs will say "Jesus did come, just not in the flesh" Harold camping will say "Christ came back 'spiritually' I had the calculations wrong, let me postpone 5 months while God tortures you".
It is a very dangerous thing, because many people put their life savings and sell their homes for the hope of something NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY OR HOUR OR MONTH OR YEAR. I no longer listen to people who claim to the know the date. Usually they have a hidden agenda. It only leads to disappointment and mistrust of anyone else who says they hear from God. Some of Harold Camping's followers committed suicide because they had given everything away for a lie. Jesus said the end would not come until the gospel is preached to all the world, and I don't think that has fully happened yet because some people in other countries such as China have never even heard of Jesus.
@ Braku, the trouble with this is (and while I see why it is easy for many of the followers to believe this, there is a Holy Day-Passover (they don't celebrate Easter) in April. But also noteworthy the Jewish New Year-Rosh Hashanah according to the Gregorian Calendar is between Sept. and Oct. has passed) that it gives Tim an indefinite amount of unaccountable predictions. I also heard that Tim spoke with a counselor on the phone who was trying to exit their family member from this group and Tim said "If the rapture does not happen in 2011, then I am a false prophet".
April of 2012 is -not December 2011.
If these letters are "modern words given to modern man for this modern generation's sake" then wouldn't you assume that the time frame would be the American-Gregorian calendar when he is speaking to an American prophet who is giving this information to Americans when he said 2011? Why wouldn't Tim specify this? Tim said he is one of the 144,000, but aren't the other ones who are supposedly dispersed in different countries, on their own calendar as well? I think it's important for us to keep in mind Tim said God is speaking through him like NO ONE ELSE BEFORE (that means any other biblical prophets or patriarchs of old).
Regardless of the calendar used, I think we need to take into consideration that since Tim heard God so eloquently when God told Tim of exact Holy Day dates for the past several years (even when they didn't line up with the Gregorian Calendar) during all the important festivals they celebrated, that Tim would be in-tune with God's preferred calendar already.
Like Ashbeck said the Bible does say we are not to be caught sleeping when Christ comes. But that does not mean that God wants us to be preoccupied in a constant state of panic with concerns about being raptured or every little thing like birds falling out of the sky pointing to when the rapture will happen-if there even is such a thing. Our focus should be on spreading the gospel and loving others. Timothy made me focus so much on my shortcomings and failures so that I lost track of things like Matthew 25:34-40. The Bible says that God wants an intimate relationship with us and that relationship does not have to involve Timothy or these letters, or obedience and participation to the 'flockers' group/ letters studies. Timothy teaches if members are not completely submissive "broken" to the mission of the letters they will not be raptured. It is a works mentality and when members finally climb to the top of ladder to reach Timothy's unattainable God's acceptance, he moves up another 3 steps. It is spiritual abuse. Tim uses fear to keep his followers-this is his greatest tool for control. Fear should not be the motivating factor for following God.
Please refer to "Authority Unlimited - Chapter 3" above 'Passages are often taken out of context and their true meanings distorted; but these groups also correctly interpret many verses. That is why it is so difficult to see what they are doing.'
Tim does take the "touch not the Lord's anointed" verse out of context so no one will dare question Him, because the members think they will be questioning God if they do-as described in that same Chapter above. Tim says to speak against Him or any of the leaders is worthy of 'being thrown into the fire' but there is nothing in the Bible about true followers of Christ losing their salvation for doubting any prophet or letters. It doesn't really make a lot of sense, because Tim preached against Calvinism (being able to lose ones salvation) but now He is teaching that speaking against Him and the letters will make you lose your salvation (even though Jesus Christ said in Luke 12:10 people who speak against the Son of Man can be forgiven) it makes you wonder if Tim thinks he is better than Jesus.
I have seen that video Ashbeck along with many others and there is no argument that they have all the characteristics of a cult. It is very hard to dismiss it as just a coincidence. You can also read on many similarities between Camping and Tim here
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
-1 Thessalonians 5:8-11
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
-1 John 4:18