When will the end of the world occur? No one knows. We read in Matthew’s gospel 24:37-39, “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
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Judgment Day? No Way! What’s Behind the May 21, 2011 End of the World Rumors
Forget the Mayan calendar Doomsday in 2012. One Christian radio network has calculated its own apocalyptic date – and it falls next Saturday.
You’ve seen the billboards and heard the ads. The Christian ministry Family Radio has hearkened for months now about the impending Judgment Day on May 21. But how did they come to such a seemingly arbitrary date that they’re basically guaranteeing will be the beginning of the end?
The network’s president, 89-year-old Harold Camping, is a decades-long student of the Bible who claims all the numbers add up to Christ’s second coming on the 21st.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Camping cites two Bible passages to determine the date. The book of Peter implies that the end of the world will occur 7,000 years from the date of the Great Flood. And the book of Genesis says the flood occurred on the “17th day of the second month.” Taking a look at the Jewish calendar, the de facto datebook in that era, May 21, 2011 is the corresponding date. Family Radio predicts great earthquakes will shake the Earth at 6 p.m. on the 21st, continuing for five months.
Though if the world doesn’t end on Saturday, Camping has an excuse to diffuse the doubters. In fact, it’s not the first time he’s forecast the end of days. He once predicted that the apocalypse would occur in September 1994, but when we were still alive by October, he reversed his claim, stating “important subsequent Biblical information was not yet known.”
Did he get the math right this time? NewsFeed’s prediction? We’ll see you right here on these pages on May 22nd.