Doomsday is coming again, according to Camping. May 21, 2011, will be the day. A $5 million billboard advertising campaign is trumpeting the day.
'The Bible guarantees it’ is said
“Cry mightily unto God,” admonish billboards advertising a May 21, 2011, Judgment Day broadcast by Oakland, Calif.-based Family Radio network founder Camping. The broadcast is scheduled to air May 21 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Family Radio affiliates, of which there are more than 150 across the U.S.
Camping believes May 21, 2011, can be the Rapture, when true Christians are gathered together in the heavens to meet with Jesus Christ. Then, on October 21, 2011, Camping believes the Earth and universe will be destroyed by God. That is just five months to wait. The last time Camping predicted these events would kick off was in Sept of 1994.
Doomsday forecasts aren’t an exact science
Camping is not unlike the many before him who forecasted the end of the world. They have all used the Bible to figure it out. Mathematical calculations are used to figure out when end of the world is. They use the idea that seven days is equal to seven millennia. Camping decided May 21, 2011 was 7,000 years after Noah was told by God there would be a global judgment which was based on the Hebrew calendar.
“The Bible has given us absolute proof that the year 2011 is the end of the world during the Day of Judgment, which will come on the last day of the Day of Judgment,” says Camping on FamilyRadio.com.
Proven untrue for doomsday forecasts
Four ends of the world predictions were proven to be untrue. Here they’re:
1806’s The Prophet Hen of Leeds
Leeds is an English town that allegedly had a chicken in 1806. Its eggs said, “Christ is coming,” allegedly. Someone carefully watched the egg laying process. This proved the eggs were being tampered with.
The Millerites, April 23, 1843
Between March 21, 1843 and the same time in 1844, New England farmer William Miller thought doomsday would occur. His followers, the Millerites, helped him determine an exact date. This is how April 23, 1843 came about. Followers sold much of what they owned. They didn’t even sell it for much money. The Seventh Day Adventists came out of the group.
End comes from Halley’s Comet in 1910
In 1881, Astronomers decided that 1910 would be the end. This would be due to a tail of Halley’s Comet that the Earth would pass through. Stories about mass extinction via poison gas made the front page of the New York Times, but by 1910, scientists knew better.
Heaven’s Gate scared many in 1997 with theories
There were 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult that took their lives in a mass suicide. The appearance of the Hale-Bopp comet in 1997 was interpreted as the coming of an alien spaceship. Heaven’s Gate leader Marshall Applewhite assured his followers that the only way to get on board for paradise was to leave their earthly bodies behind.
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