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Group Predicts World Will End Saturday

May 21 to be “Judgment Day” according to Christian group.

The message is hard to miss. The large blue and white sign near the corner of Braselton Highway and Spout Springs Road appeared recently with no explanation --  just three simple words: "Jesus is Coming!"

While Hollywood and popular literature have touted December 21, 2012 as the end of the world as foretold by the Mayans, a Christian based Internet ministry predicts the end is just two days away.

Harold Camping of Family Radio made the prediction and explains the rationale on his website, FamilyRadio.com.

“Holy God is showing us by the words of 2 Peter 3:8 that He wants us to know that exactly 7,000 years after He destroyed the world with water in Noah’s day, He plans to destroy the entire world forever,” Camping wrote. “Because the year 2011 A.D. is exactly 7,000 years after 4990 B.C. when the flood began, 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.”

Camping arrived at the May 21 date by comparing the Biblical date of the flood to today’s calendar. According to Camping, the flood occurred on the 17th day of the second month in the 600th year of Noah’s life.  By Camping’s calculations, the 17th day of the second month of the Biblical calendar for this year is May 21.

pastor and Dacula Patch columnist Steve Doyle disagrees with Camping's prediction.

"Jesus Himself said that even He wouldn't know the day or hour of His return (Mark 13:32)," Doyle wrote in an emailed response. "These type of false prophecies from false teachers have come and gone for 2,000 years. This is just the latest incarnation of it."

Doyle pointed out that Camping predicted the world would end in 1994 as well.

"His false prophecy then should have disqualified him from ever being considered a sound Bible teacher again, but alas, in the church culture of America many people lack discernment are easily fooled," Doyle added.

The verse cited by Doyle, Mark 13:32-33, states: “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come."  

Camping claims proof that May 21, 2011 is the date of God's return is available in his book, “We Are Almost There!” which is available for free download on his website, www.FamilyRadio.com.

In the preface of his book, Camping warns every unsaved person will experience the full wrath of God.

“If Christ has not paid the penalty for your sins, you will experience the full wrath of God,” Camping wrote. “The true believers in Christ have no option. They must warn the world of impending judgment.”

Not everyone is overly worried about impending judgment. A Facebook event titled “Post Rapture Looting” currently has over 181,000 confirmed attendees. Over 14,000 people have indicated they may be attending and just under 20,000 have said they do not plan to attend the event.

The event is scheduled for May 21 from noon to 3 p.m. According to event organizers, “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.”

Tom Groff May 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Did Harold Camping of Family Radio , give all his stuff away are is a wait and see ?
Diane May 19, 2011 at 12:50 PM
My concern is what the leader might do or get his group to do if it doesn't happen. Like the Jim Jones cult.
Travey May 19, 2011 at 01:08 PM
I dont understand how someone can be preaching the Bible and miss important facts. No one but the father knows of Jesus return. If we did, we would stay prisoners to our sins right up until the end and then repent so we can go to Heaven. That's just human nature. Instead, we should be living everyday for Christ as if He's coming in 2 minutes. I wonder about the negative impact this will have on spreading the true word of God. Don't be mistaken. Jesus IS coming, we just don't when. And when this date proves to be wrong, it could turn even more people away from the word. Read the Bible. It's all in there.
Chris May 19, 2011 at 03:05 PM
People wonder how someone could not believe in god and heaven, it is because of crazy talk like this
Ummahstream Worldtv May 19, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Verily the knowledge of the Hour is with Allah (alone). Quran 31:34
antonio May 19, 2011 at 03:20 PM
yea right i dont think it will end cause of tht false aqusation in 1994 and i also believe tht it wont end in 2012
Nickol May 19, 2011 at 03:52 PM
All I could say may God open their eyes, and cover the hearts of those that still don't believe. We should always live our life for Christ no matter when He is coming...the day and the hour hasn't been revealed to ANYONE!
Vincenzo May 19, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Actually the world (earth) won't be annihilated (expire) for another millions of years to come. So quit spreading false rumors man, my mum is deeply religious and she's having a panic attack. Seriously, stop. Find a hobby, it's good for your health.
OzzyB359 May 19, 2011 at 04:19 PM
correct me if I'm wrong, but this article said: “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come." Going along with the quote from the Bible, we would have no way of knowing when the Rapture will come, so what makes Camping think that he's so specail that he just somehow knows that it will occur this saturday? All I know is that there's gonna be some pretty dissappointed people on Sunday morning.
viki delmer May 19, 2011 at 04:51 PM
This type of senseless scare tactic is feeding on the lost and the frightened. We shouldn't give this arse any more air time
khalia May 19, 2011 at 05:23 PM
this isnt truee the world will never end and deffinitly not saturday .
Jim May 19, 2011 at 06:34 PM
The world is going to end and I believ very soon. The signs, Jesus spoke of are all over the place. But Camping, needs to check himself, before he wreaks himself. An Deamon of Satan, trying to distract people away from the truth, that is what he is. A wolf in sheeps cloths. He is a total idiot.
Jim May 19, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Sorry bout the typos :)
Mac May 19, 2011 at 06:43 PM
You folks all realize that you are just one step away from Camping, right? You believe in exactly the same things he believes in, you're only argument is about the timing of the event.
Rev. Daniel W. Blair May 19, 2011 at 07:36 PM
I am very sad for those who have been following this lie that the rapture will occur on May 21st. Even if they attempt to explain away “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32), they cannot explain away that most every Christian, theologian, scholar, and prophet from the first Century until the Nineteenth Century all believed that the church would go through the Great Tribulation and not escape through some secret rapture that would leave the world paralyzed. I pray that they will take a moment and read my book, “Final Warning” because the hour of is His judgment has come. http://www.revelation-truth.org
Dylan May 19, 2011 at 09:55 PM
This is all really stupid. No one knows when the world is going to end and this guy is a loon. Im christian yes i believe in god and jesus and all that but i dont think the world is going to end. I really dont it wont happen right now. I'm only 14 and i get the whole part about not everyone knowing and all that, but what do yall mean by wrath and all that higher vocab stuff? Somebody put it in simple terms for me. Lol
Thomas May 20, 2011 at 12:40 AM
cann we just live our lifes, Why do we have to know about this useless and false statements! Its getting REDICULOUS . how many times is the world suppost to end?
Realist! May 20, 2011 at 01:38 AM
Straight up, your all fanatics... I feel sorry for all of you, watch zeitgeist and you will see how handicap you look to everyone sane and rational, the world ends when we give up on it, you can't foresee the future, you realize if I made as many guesses as Nostradamus at the future then I'd have to be right some of the time too, no one ever focuses on when these so called prophets are wrong, which is more often then not, so grow up, because really, god is just an invisible friend for adults, everyone takes the bible to literally, it's a story book, much like you had read to you as a kid, teaches you morals, and also, for the record, slightly off topic, 2012 was never coined as the end of the world, it's the end of "age" much like the medieval age and industrial age, or if you wanna look at it astronomically it's the end of the age of Pisces So all I gotta say is stop your religious scare tactics and let people develop thier own opinions The world is gonna end one day, not this Saturday, not dec 12 2012, when you die, your world ends, when I die my world ends, but our world will live on as long as we take care of it, so stop focusing so much on your religions and plant a tree if your really scared of the end of the world!
Tyler May 20, 2011 at 02:05 AM
you guys are all crazy if u believe this, but honestly they are giving good facts. That is, if anything they say is true...
bobby black May 22, 2011 at 02:28 PM
The world really came to an end yesterday. It is only the non-believers that are left now according to Camping. According to him we will be destroyed on October 21 when the world is engulfed in a fireball and burned.

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