DAY OF DAYS – 21 MAY 2011 March 28, 2011Posted by wmmbb in Miscellaneous.
The world will end on the 21 May 2011, at least according to a biblical forecast.
Why has this date been chosen for the deserving to be raptured up to be taken to God, while the rest of us equally deservingly are cast into perdition. I suppose that one has to accept the judgment of God with equanimity.
Guy Adams at The Independent has the story:
The end of the world is nigh; 21 May, to be precise. That’s the date when Harold Camping, a preacher from Oakland, California, is confidently predicting the Second Coming of the Lord. At about 6pm, he reckons 2 per cent of the world’s population will be immediately “raptured” to Heaven; the rest of us will get sent straight to the Other Place.
If Mr Camping were speaking from any normal pulpit, it would be easy to dismiss him as just another religious eccentric wrongly calling the apocalypse. But thanks to this elderly man’s ubiquity, on America’s airwaves and billboards, his unlikely Doomsday message is almost impossible to ignore.
Every day Mr Camping, an 89-year-old former civil engineer, speaks to his followers via the Family Radio Network, a religious broadcasting organisation funded entirely by donations from listeners. Such is their generosity (assets total $120m) that his network now owns 66 stations in the US alone.
. . . After 70 years of studying the Bible, he claims to have developed a system that uses mathematics to interpret prophesies hidden in it. He says the world will end on 21 May, because that will be 722,500 days from 1 April AD33, which he believes was the day of the Crucifixion. The figure of 722,500 is important because you get it by multiplying three holy numbers (five, 10 and 17) together twice. “When I found this out, I tell you, it blew my mind,” he said.
The explanation was not clear, at least to me. The number of days is 850 squared. So why is 17 a holy number?
Justin Berton is on the case at SFGate.com:
The number 5, Camping concluded, equals “atonement.” Ten is “completeness.” Seventeen means “heaven.” Camping patiently explained how he reached his conclusion for May 21, 2011.
“Christ hung on the cross April 1, 33 A.D.,” he began. “Now go to April 1 of 2011 A.D., and that’s 1,978 years.”
Camping then multiplied 1,978 by 365.2422 days – the number of days in each solar year, not to be confused with a calendar year.
Next, Camping noted that April 1 to May 21 encompasses 51 days. Add 51 to the sum of previous multiplication total, and it equals 722,500.
Camping realized that (5 x 10 x 17) x (5 x 10 x 17) = 722,500.
Or put into words: (Atonement x Completeness x Heaven), squared.
“Five times 10 times 17 is telling you a story,” Camping said. “It’s the story from the time Christ made payment for your sins until you’re completely saved.
“I tell ya, I just about fell off my chair when I realized that,” Camping said.
Some googling suggests that the 21 May will be the day of rapture for the faithful, but 21 October will be the end of world.
All I can say as an unbeliever in Biblical forecasting, and holy prime numbers, even when multiplied by two, is: If the bible is such a good source of prediction, why did not prior to the discover of stratification did the Bible correctly estimate the beginning of the planet? I am assuming the prediction is for the destruction of the planet, not the universe, and whatever lies beyond.
Is this simply bone-headed stupidity? Or as they say, have a nice day on the twenty-first of May.
It seems that Christ by one account died at the ninth hour, Jerusalem time.
I would like to report that I was raptured – or was I dreaming – when I got to the check out, I found I had the wrong stamp in my passport and they sent me back.
This type of thing is not religion. It is simply taking advantage of vulnerable people – a most unchristian thing to do. My reaction is anger.
My view is that Earth should be, could be, and is heaven. As far as I know we do not have the technology to get to any alternative livable realm, even if one could be discovered.