Well here it is May 21,2011 and there is no end to the talk of today being ‘the end of the world as we know it’.
Who originated all this talk and why today as the day of the rapture?
This prophecy of doom’s biggest messenger is Harold Camping, an 89 year old Preacher and founder of the Family Radio Network which he is now using for an advertizing blitz to spread the word, warning us heathens that the only way to be spared is to see the light of God and accept The Lord Jesus Christ.
According to Camping and other adherents, the apocalypse will begin at 6pm Eastern time with massive earthquakes. What is known as the rapture will begin, when Heaven will then open its doors to about 200 million true believers who have repented and accepted the word and truth of God. The rest of us heathens will then be left to incur the wrath of God in the form of more quakes and a big ass barbecue that will immolate the world.
Camping, also a former civil engineer; reached his conclusions through a web of Bible verses and mathematics. On the 17th day of the second month of the old Jewish Calendar in 4990B.C is when according to the Bible it was surfs up for Noah and two of every animal in his ark, and high flood waters enveloped the earth for forty days and forty nights. Given the cresting of the Mississippi and the days on end of rain in the Northeast of the United States you might say we are getting a small taste of what it feels like.
Five thousand years later, God wrote about the great floods in the book of Genesis in the Bible.
That’s all fine you might say, but how does this guy reach the conclusion that today of all day will be the end gets a little confusing. Caution a slew of numbers and references to Bible verses will now occur. Below is a verse from 2 Peter 3:8:
8But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and(N) a thousand years as one day. 9(O) The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise(P) as some count slowness, but(Q) is patient toward you,[a](R) not wishing that any should perish, but(S) that all should reach repentance. 10But(T) the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then(U) the heavens will pass away with a roar, and(V) the heavenly bodies[b] will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.[c]
So the basis of this vision of what tonight will bring with it is established and in accords with the Bible one day equals a thousand years. In Genesis 7:4, God warned Noah within seven days he would bring rain that would continue for forty days and night.
Well I don’t want to get further bogged down in details so here is how Camping explains it:
Holy God reminds us that one day is as 1,000 years. Therefore, with the correct understanding that the seven days referred to in Genesis 7:4 can be understood as 7,000 years, we learn that when God told Noah there were seven days to escape worldwide destruction, He was also telling the world there would be exactly 7,000 years (one day is as 1,000 years) to escape the wrath of God that would come when He destroys the world on Judgment Day. Because Holy Infinite God is all-knowing, He knows the end from the beginning. He knew how sinful the world would become.
The year of ‘the Great Flood’ was supposedly 4990 B.C is the year 2011. One year must be subtracted in this equation since in the New Testament Calendar there is no year. Camping then takes the year 4990 BC and adds 2011 before subtracting one to get 7,000. In other words time is up in 2011. So what about the month and date. Once again Genesis:
And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.
11In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the(A) fountains of the great deep burst forth, and(B) the windows of the heavens were opened.
So the Great flood happened on the seventeenth day of the second month of the biblical calendar then. In accords with the Biblical calendar now the seventeenth day of the second month in our modern biblical calendar in May 21. Hence May 21, 2011.
Camping and other like minds have spent a fortune and great energy warning of this day. Camping’s Family Radio has spent a fortune erecting billboards and funding a cross-country trip of his followers to distribute literature. He is not the only one though. Robert Fitzpatrick, a 60-year-old New Yorker, has invested all $140,000 of his life savings to get the message out in the form of placards on subways and bus stations to warn as many as he can of the “Great Global Earthquake” to come on May 21, 2011 to save as many souls as he can. No word on how stupid he will feel if the sun rises tomorrow.
On Facebook there are also a series of pages dedicated to the possible end of the world. Some in support of the theory, some opposed, and others just having fun with the whole idea. One page event page is organized for ‘ post rapture looting’.
It is worth noting that in the early 90s, Camping also warned the end of the world would arrive on September 6, 1994; as we know we’re still here so I guess you could say God psyched him. He has since conceded he was wrong, and though many say the world will end in 2012, Camping says that’s just crazy and has no biblical basis.
On a local note, The Pioneer Valley’s Lord Jesus Christ, doesn’t seem to be buying into it. After all much like Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead, this guy was hit by a car from Northampton and rose up from the ground. Ok poor comparison and sacriligious. Forgive me.
More as this develops or if we survive.