The Rapture is Upon Us, Again

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Hide your kids, hide your wife.  Judgement day is upon us… Maybe.

According to Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping, 89, May 21 marks the day Christ is scheduled to return to earth and cleanse it of its sin (also known as The Ratpure, The Apocalypse, Judgement Day, etc.).

But why May 21, 2011?  What is so special about this date?

Camping has told multiple media outlets that he calculated this particular date by using math based on biblical scripture. God said to Noah in Genesis 7:4, “Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”  Indeed, in scripture the flood occurred 7 days after it was first prophesied in 4990 BC.  However, the “seven days” can also mean seven thousand years, because “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”  Thus, seven thousand years later is 2011.

Of course, this isn’t the first mention we’ve heard of the day to end all days.  Camping himself had first predicted The Rapture to end all life in 1994, some 17 long and healthy years ago.

NASA engineer Edgar Whisenant published a best-selling pamphlet in the summer of 1988 called “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988”.  And at the turn of the new millennium, only 11 years ago, newspapers and media were absolutely frenzied with headlines that read: The End is Here!

Yet life goes on, as it always does.  And so after May 21 has come and gone, what can we take away from yet another failed prediction?

The impending Apocalypse has other interesting aspects. For conspiracy theorists, it can be a lucrative opportunity to create new controversial documentaries.  For the rest of us, it can be a good reminder to live life to the fullest.  If the world were to end next week, what would you have wanted to do more of?

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  1. Chuck Anziulewicz

    May 13, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I know that there are many, MANY Christians who believe that a ‘Rapture’ is indeed going to eventually occur, and that at some unknowable date millions of people all over the Earth are going to vanish into thin air, leaving only their clothes and their dentures behind. This sounds nutty enough. All Harold Camping has done is set a date. Does that somehow make him NUTTIER?

    Not only is the so-called “Rapture” NOT going to occur on May 21st, it isn’t going to occur EVER. And I can promise you this with absolute 100% certainty. There will be no “Rapture,” no “Second Coming,” no “End Of Days.” There most certainly will continue to be wars, plagues, and natural disasters as there have always been, but there won’t be anything supernatural about them. And most importantly there is no such thing as “prophecy” … except for the self-fulfilling kind.

    In a perverse sort of way, I actually WISH that Harold Camping was right! What an interesting day that would be! What would be even more interesting is if the Apocalypse were to occur in a more spectacular fashion, not in the anthropomorphical sense the authors of the ‘Left Behind’ series have portrayed, but as more of a Stephen Spielberg production, with boiling clouds, trumpets, angels descending out of the sky, Moon turned to blood, the whole nine yards. Imagine coming to the realization that it was all coming true, just as the evangelists had been warning for years, and that there was something more awesome than just the cold, hard, physical reality we inhabit. Imagine actually watching people disappear into thin air! Wouldn’t THAT be something???

    Yet in the final analysis, it’s that cold, hard, physical reality that I will content myself with. My life is not so meaningless that I need the fear of a ‘Rapture’ and the ‘End Times’ to make sense of it all … nor do I need Heaven or Hell to bribe me into behaving decently, thank you very much.

    Since the death of Jesus, people in every generation for over 2,000 years and hundreds of generations have wanted to be the one that experiences the end of days. None has. There must be a clue in there somewhere for you.

    If you waited at a bus stop for 2,000 years, at what point would you conclude that the bus wasn’t coming? Or would you just stand there … FOREVER … because somebody had stuck up a ‘bus stop’ sign?

    The people I feel most sorry for are Harold Camping’s followers, many of whom have quit their jobs, sold their possessions, and even abandoned their own families to hop aboard the Apocalypse Caravan and warn people of their impending DOOM. What are they going to feel like when life goes on as usual on May 22nd?

  2. Yomari

    May 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I believe in God 100%!!!! I believe in the Rapture, the end of days and all that good stuff. What I don’t believe is in men, who have started all wars, plagues…..needless to say that I believe in May 21. For all we know it could be tomorrow, NOBODY knows except God. For me it’s very simple—nobody knows or can tell when they are going to die, so how can you predict the end of everything when you don’t even know your own. Common sense is not so common after all

  3. dragynfly

    May 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    It seems that there is another group on the scene with a new perspective in disputing Camping’s prophesies. They make a compelling statement that “Jesus is here now.” Check out their billboard which I think will stir the pot a bit.

  4. crytohim

    May 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    We all fall short of the glory of God and need a savior. We all need to cry to him now like Nineveh.

    If you look at the verses about “No One Knows” with the correct Greek tense, the No One Knows takes a dramatic change. We need to remember the Bible was translated to English from the original text.
    >Matthew 24:36 `And concerning that day and the hour no one hath known–not even the messengers of the heavens–except my Father only;
    >Mark 13:33 Take heed, watch and pray, for ye have not known when the time is.
    In the correct tense, both verses have a vast different meaning. No One Hath Known and Ye Have Not Known are future tense.

    Some also look to this verse to say Christ did not know ->> Mark 13:32 `And concerning that day and the hour no one hath known–not even the messengers who are in the heaven, not even the Son–except the Father.
    ***However, in the Greek “Son” is NOT capitalized.

    Also, Christ never stopped being God and all Christians know that,
    >Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
    >John 10:30 I and the Father are one.
    So what son is in view? Who else is called a son…? Satan is the son of perdition….
    John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
    2Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    May God give us all mercy and wisdom.

  5. Jamaal

    May 13, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    To crytohim, Did you know Jesus was crucified on WEDNESDAY not FRIDAY and also read matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32 and Acts 1:7! and another thing, God says in Gen 9:12 ” I make between Me and you and every living creature with you for EVERLASTING generations”. and one more thing you should read Ecclesiastes 3:11and Ecclesiastes 8:17. and here’s proof that the church age never ended: Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; 5:23; Colossians 1:18; 2:19

  6. Danny Haszard

    May 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Watchtower Jehovah’s Witnesses have little credibility with their own fairy tale primary doctrine of Jesus ‘invisible’ second coming October 1914

    Watchtower society false prophets declare end of world in 1874, 1878, 1881, 1910, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1975, and 1984….
    Danny Haszard been there!

  7. Compression Shirt

    May 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Let’s look at the bright side. At least, we are reminded about the Rapture and false prophets. =)

  8. Ken Dahl

    May 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Mormons believe in the cataclysmic second coming; they emphatically teach that the second coming will occur in the state of Missouri. While the ‘evangelical’ rapture may not be the Mormon scenario, there will be a ‘great and dreadful day’ when the wicked will not stand during a period of war, wickedness and turmoil. Rather than the righteous being caught up, the wicked will perish.

    In the meantime, Mormons need to build a temple and great city in Missouri called New Jerusalem, where Jesus Christ will personally reign. Oh, none of this will happen until the indigenious American Indian (Lamanites) rise up to become a righteous and respected people, blossoming as a rose. According to the Mormon’s holy book of scripture known as the Book of Mormon, the American Indian carries a curse, and their skin will become white as a further indication that they have become righteous and respected.

    Adam-ondi-Ahman is an historic site along the east bluffs above the Grand River in Daviess County, Missouri. According to the Mormons, it is the site where Adam and Eve lived after being expelled from the Garden of Eden and will be a gathering spot for a meeting of the priesthood leadership, including prophets of all ages and other righteous people, prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is also the proposed site for a very special Mormon temple, although efforts to build a temple there were halted in the 19th century as a result of the 1838 Mormon War to evict the founder’s organization from Missouri. Adam-ondi-Ahman was a flash point in that confrontation.

    After the Mormons were evicted, the site was renamed Cravensville. It was the site of a skirmish during the Civil War on August 4, 1862, when Union troops attempted to stop Confederate reinforcements in the First Battle of Independence. Most of the site is now owned by the Mormons and remains predominantly farmland.

    Mormon founder, Joseph Smith, Jr., taught that the Garden of Eden was located in the vicinity of Independence, Missouri, and that after Adam and Eve were banished from the garden, they went to Adam-ondi-Ahman.

    According to the sacred book of Mormon scripture, Doctrine and Covenants, Adam met his children at the site three years before his death to bestow his blessing upon them. Mormon church leader, Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr., has stated that before the Second Coming, Adam will convene another meeting there to officially turn the government of the human family and entire world over to Jesus Christ who reportedly heads the Mormon church on a daily basis through his modern day prophet, Thomas Monson in Salt Lake City, UT. The Mormon leadership is very busy overseeing the many events leading up to the Second Coming and eventual takeover of all governments of the world. Part of that plan involved getting one of their own inside the White House so these incredible events can be orchestrated.

  9. martywilson

    May 17, 2011 at 12:51 am

    How funny that religious people call Camping a false prophet based on the same BS that they base their faith on?? The bible is by no means factual or accurate or not plagiarised by countless other religions before it. If you believe in the rapture or some god that cares about you then you are in the same crackpot group in my view. This all stems from the same place.

    In the UK we have our own camping. Daniel Bennett doesn’t believe in the rapture on the 21st but instead another great flood. Seriously? How do people fall for this stuff?

    Bring on the 22nd – can I hear collective laughing from around the globe?

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