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5 Things to Know About Saturday's 'Judgment Day'

At 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, the world will come to an end ... possibly

For months now, all the talk has been about groups believing and proclaiming that at 6 p.m.  May 21, 2011,  (though the time zone has not been specified), Judgment Day will begin.

So bust out the R.E.M. and read 5 fun facts about how the end is nigh (or un-nigh):

1. The Man: Harold Camping, 89, is a radio evangelist and owner of Family Radio. He is also the man who says he has calculated the date and time Judgment Day will begin.

2. The Myth: According to Camping, the Rapture, when believers will be taken up to heaven, is about to occur. He also believes that "God will destroy this world on October 21, 2011." According to KXLH in Montana, Camping said, "There's going to be a big earthquake that will make the one in Japan seem like a Sunday School picnic."

3. The Legend: This isn't Camping's first go-around with apocalyptic predictions. He made the same forecast years before, believing the world would end on Sept. 21, 1994. When it didn't, Camping said he "overlooked something."

4. Many Christians and church leaders are appalled by Camping and his predictions. According to an article from CNBC, "One might expect that mainstream Christians would either dismiss Camping or ignore him. One would be wrong. From seminaries, pulpits and personal websites, the condemnation of Camping’s prediction is almost universal."

5. If you look into it yourself, you find that the Bible itself contradicts Camping. In Matthew 24:36, Jesus says "concerning that day and hour no one knows," himself included. If Jesus doesn't know, it's likely Camping doesn't have a clue, either.

Loren Avey May 20, 2011 at 11:18 AM
Another goofy Bible thumper that thinks he has an in with the Super Natural Creator. Maybe the Devil made him do it!
Clearing Things up May 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM
Number 3 is false.. In 1994 Camping suggested that Sep 18 1994 was a possible date but also said that 2011 could be the year too...at no time in 1994 did he say for certain 1994 was definitely the year and day, only a strong possibility.. however now he says 2011 is absolutely for certain.. this is his first concrete prediction of judgment day. So all those saying he was wrong in the past and thats why Biblically he cannot be right now are misinformed...
Chantel May 20, 2011 at 12:18 PM
No one know what the judgement day date and only lord knows it.
Clearing Things up May 20, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Number 5 is suspect as well While Jesus did say "no one knows the day or the hour of his return".. He was speaking to his disciples then at that point in time and this was true for them however later in Daniel 12:4 and 9 we read that "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. And He said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." the last few words imply that at the time of the end this knowledge will somehow be revealed. Just saying.....
lilisa May 20, 2011 at 01:55 PM
whatever happens let watch out and pray,,,do not judge one another,,,what are we going to do if its happens? no one knows when its happens but, take it seriously
tigh clark May 21, 2011 at 02:29 AM
sad but not surprising.
lotus thompson May 21, 2011 at 10:02 PM
the people who are scared of the rapture, are unbelievers if you are saved, you know only god knows the day he is coming......as christians we should rejoice in his coming.

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