Archive for Thursday, May 19, 2011

Will Saturday be Judgment Day, or just another day?

May 19, 2011


For some, it’s Judgment Day. For others, it’s party time.

A loosely organized Christian movement has spread the word around the globe that Jesus Christ will return to earth on Saturday to gather the faithful into heaven. While the Christian mainstream isn’t buying it, many other skeptics are milking it.

A Facebook page titled “Post rapture looting” offers this invitation: “When everyone is gone and god’s not looking, we need to pick up some sweet stereo equipment and maybe some new furniture for the mansion we’re going to squat in.” By Wednesday afternoon, more than 175,000 people indicated they would be “attending” the “public event.”

The prediction is also being mocked in the comic strip “Doonesbury” and has inspired “Rapture parties” to celebrate what hosts expect will be the failure of the world to come to an end.

In the Army town of Fayetteville, N.C., the local chapter of the American Humanist Association has turned the event into a two-day extravaganza, with a Saturday night party followed by a day-after concert.

“It’s not meant to be insulting, but come on,” said organizer Geri Weaver. “Christians are openly scoffing at this.”

The prediction originates with Harold Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer from Oakland, Calif., who founded Family Radio Worldwide, an independent ministry that has broadcast his prediction around the world.

The Rapture — the belief that Christ will bring the faithful into paradise prior to a period of tribulation on earth that precedes the end of time — is a relatively new notion compared with Christianity itself, and most Christians don’t believe in it. And even believers rarely attempt to set a date for the event.

Camping’s prophecy comes from numerological calculations based on his reading of the Bible, and he says global events like the 1948 founding of Israel confirm his math. But even some Christians who believe the Rapture will occur think he’s wrong.

The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the “Left Behind” series of Christian prophecy novels, said Camping “trivializes the very serious study of Bible prophecy by ignoring Jesus’ statement that everyone seems to know except him, and that is that no man knows the day nor the hour” that Jesus will return.

Camping has been derided for an earlier apocalyptic prediction in 1994, but his followers say that merely referred to the end of “the church age,” a time when human beings in Christian churches could be saved. Now, they say, only those outside what they regard as irredeemably corrupt churches can expect to ascend to heaven.

Camping is not hedging this time: “Beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment,” he said in January.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

I hope they quit talking about it, and just go ahead and ascend.

Ron Holzwarth 7 years ago

"And even believers rarely attempt to set a date for the event."

Of course not.

Matthew 24 [36] But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Matt.25 [13] Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Mark 13 [32] But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Mark 13 [33] Take heed, watch; for you do not know when the time will come.

You don't need to be a believer to realize that's all rather clear! The "end of the world" or "the rapture" has been predicted time and time again. It's a very old story that has been rehashed to death, and yet - we're still here!

Let's have a beer to that!

Ron Holzwarth 7 years ago

But - if you do believe it's happening this week, you wouldn't mind writing me a postdated check, would you?

beatrice 7 years ago

In case of Rapture, I'm taking your car.

Sigmund 7 years ago

But he [Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] is unabashed about his robust beliefs on the hidden imam. "His name is known and he will emerge and establish justice in the world," Mr Ahmadinejad told a recent press conference. "I'm proud of this belief. It's not just a religious belief, it's very progressive. A belief in the 12th imam is a belief in the world of tomorrow."

Ron Holzwarth 7 years ago

What if the Jewish Messiah, Jesus, and the 12 Imam are all one and the same?

If He is, He's going to be really ticked off at us when He gets here!

RoeDapple 7 years ago

I ain't runnin' the vacuum! til Tuesday!

Ron Holzwarth 7 years ago

Matthew 24 [36] But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Mark 13 [32] But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

beatrice 7 years ago

How can the son not know if the father and son are one and the same? How can HE not know what HE knows? Where else does it say that God keeps secrets from Jesus?

Is it like a family road vacation, but instead of turning the car around, the Father just keeps threatening, "Don't make me send you back down there!"

Corey Williams 7 years ago

But since the two of them (and the holy spirit) are one and the same, god would just be talking to him/herself.
I've always wondered the same thing myself.

somedude20 7 years ago

I am friends with Jesus's third cousin Mitch (twice removed) and he said that ole JC has an appointment to have the hair from his groin lasered this Saturday so he needs to rescheduled the rapture. He was thinking about sending back Sam Kinison to entertain us while we wait. Enjoy your Saturday

Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

I personally wish they would just hurry up and get it the heck over with. Then maybe we can get this state and country back on track and back to some semblance of "normal". Problem is, the so called "Christian" right probably won't get taken. Then we'll be stuck with them. Just shoot me now. (As an aside, a very good friend of mine once said that if Jesus ever did come back it would take him three days just to stop puking at everything ever done "in His name".)

Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

You're ethnocentricity is showing. I suggest you wear a body stocking. Or at least a slip.

Terry Sexton 7 years ago

I'm sorry, I don't hear so well. Did somebody say Rap Tour? Is Eminem coming to town? And Romeo, where for art thou? You ain't dancing with the stars no more.

Paul R Getto 7 years ago

If they take Muscular Sam and his minions, leaving Cedar Crest empty, it might be worth it.

Sigmund 7 years ago

While I can't predict the time and day, I can predict how the press will cover it.

The New York Times: "Apocalypse Now; women and minorities hardest hit." The Wall Street Journal: "Judgement Day; market to close early" USA Today: "IT'S OVER!" LJWorld Online: "Post Rapture Commission Touts Need For Higher Taxes"

Corey Williams 7 years ago

Still waiting...unless it's already happened; in which case none of you found favor with your god.

Corey Williams 7 years ago

Then where is the punishment that comes with judgement? And to whose judgement do we follow?

Corey Williams 7 years ago

So the poor, hungry, and impotent have all been found lacking in the eyes of god?

Corey Williams 7 years ago

So that means viagra is the tool of the devil since it circumvents the proper punishment of god?

Corey Williams 7 years ago

"...Judgement is serious stuff if you don't use it." Whose is it to use? I thought Romans 12:19 said it was god's?

Maddy Griffin 7 years ago

Won't we all be surprised to meet Allah!

Corey Williams 7 years ago

No. You should know by now that American Jesus only works from eastern standard time. Greenwich mean time is a tool of the devil.

50YearResident 7 years ago

I hope Allah has stocked up on virgins, he is going to need quite a few.

Sigmund 7 years ago

"Apocalypse not now: The Rapture fails to materialise" by David Batty, Saturday 21 May 2011.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

My favorite quote from this article.

"But Kieran Healy had a slightly more comforting message for those disappointed at not joining Jesus: "I guess on Sunday when the #Rapture people feel really upset, we can't console them by saying 'Cheer up, it's not the end of the world.'""

yourworstnightmare 7 years ago

I fail to see how this man's faith that the rapture will occur today is any more silly than most religious beliefs and faith.

Heck, let's all believe in bearded guys in the clouds watching over us, jewish zombies, 70 virgins, and throw in unicorns, dragons, and fairies just for fun.

Religious tripe all.

Linda Endicott 7 years ago

It's 6:20 pm now...and the world is still going on in my about everyone else? Wasn't it supposed to happen at 6 pm?

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