21 May, 2011

May 21st of this year is thought by quite a few religious idiots (sometimes ad hominem attacks really are all they deserve) to be the “Judgment Day,” when Jesus himself will return to earth riding side-saddle on a pegasus and zap all the true believers up into Heaven, leaving the rest of us heathens to suffer the apocalypse for five entire months until the world as we know it ceases to exist on October 21st.

There has, of course, been an awful lot of thought put into the May 21st date and it is preached by many people to be absolutely, undeniably the day of judgment. It could not possibly be any other day, they tell us.

Who, exactly, are they?
They are, fortunately, just a small percentage of the religious population led by one Harold CampingUnfortunately, that small percentage is able to reach out to a very broad audience. They’ve even gone so far as to raise over 2,000 billboards across the world proclaiming their ridiculous assertions. I’d say it’s a waste of money, but hey, if they’ve only got one month left to blow it all they might as well, right?

How did they reach this conclusion?
I’d rather not provide any links to any particular religious campaign’s website since I don’t believe anybody in particular deserves the traffic, but I will tell you they’ve read their Bibles thoroughly, crunched some numbers, warped some verses and words, and come to their absolute, for-certain conclusion that 2% of the world’s population will be “raptured” on May 21st of this year. If you’re really interested in learning exactly how they’ve come to that conclusion I’ll let you do the Google search for yourself.

Why is this unimportant?
Because the world won’t end this year. I suppose it takes an awful lot of faith to say that, but so what? It just won’t. If it does, you can tell me how wrong I was when we’re all – well, I guess you can’t. The fact of the matter is that these end of the world scenarios and rapture predictions arise all the damn time, all because Jesus himself couldn’t accurately predict the end. Remember, he told his followers it would end during their lifetimes (Matthew 16:28).

So when will judgment take place?
That would depend on whom you ask:

  • 1818: William Miller says it’ll all happen some time between March 21st 1843 and March 21st 1844.
  • Presumably on March 22nd 1844: William Miller says “No wait, I meant the 22nd of October!”
  • 1907: Jehovah’s Witnesses say it’ll go down in 1914.
  • 1917: Jehovah’s Witnesses say “Nevermind, it’ll be 1918. We’re sure of it this time.”
  • 1924: Jehovah’s Witnesses say it’ll be in 1925.
  • 1941: Jehovah’s Witnesses say it’s actually gonna happen in 1942.
  • 1974: Jehovah’s Witnesses are pretty sure it’ll happen in 1975.
  • 1978: Chuck Smith says the world will probably end by 1981.
  • 1988: Edgar C. Whisenant publishes 88 Reasons Why the Rapture is in 1988.
  • 1989: Edgar C. Whisenant publishes The Final Shout: Rapture Report 1989.
  • 1993: A lot of people thought the world would end in the year 2000 with the initial judgment occurring seven years prior.
  • And so on, and so forth. Consult A Brief History of the Apocalypse for much, much more.

Why is this important?
I know, I know, I just inferred that it isn’t important a moment ago. But here’s the scary truth: these crazies want this to happen! They want the world to go down in flames. Too bad the Bible tells me only 144,000 people (.002% of the world’s population) will actually make it into Heaven (Revelation 7:4). The Bible is full of accurate predictions, they like to claim. Other than the “lucky guesses,” any events properly prophesied were self-fulfilled. And that tells me whether or not Jesus returns to earth on the back of a half-horse/half-Mother Teresa (he won’t) the crazies will be doing their best to make sure the world sees its end. Holy wars over whom the land of Israel actually belongs to, book burnings, pissed off jihadists, mass suicides… you name it, it could happen.

Is that my prediction?
No. May 21st will come and go, and while us nonbelievers are laughing at all the knuckleheads on the 22nd they’ll just flatten their ruffled hair, put on some rouge, and get on TV to tell us “Sorry, we forgot to carry a one. It’ll be next year, we promise.”

Just like last time, when Camping predicted the end of the world to be on September 6th, 1994.

EDIT – View my ten posts counting down to rapture:

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2 thoughts on “21 May, 2011

  1. The only reason these people make these predictions for the ‘end of the world’ is because they believe it’s going to be the time when they get whisked away into an eternal paradise. I seriously doubt there has been a single case of a person that is sanz-belief in an afterlife that has predicted the end of the world.
    Is there a life after death? I don’t know. I don’t care. And I care even less about the ‘end-times’.
    All I care about, is how it happens. When the world does end, I hope it happens in a way that I get to watch it’s progression on CNN, live, while I sit in a barca lounger with a glass of bourbon in one hand and myself in the other.

  2. Greatest Religious Crimes
    by: Eli Soriano

    The date May 21, 2011 will be long remembered like the fall of 1975 when the Jehovah’s Witnesses, through the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, predicted the coming of the Armageddon. Predictions by self-appointed prophets are old story being repeated again and again.

    ECCLESIASTES 3:15

    That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

    The saying “history repeats itself” is true. Human beings may die but the spirit of error since its inception to the world is still here!

    I JOHN 4:6

    We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

    Such spirit of error dwells in people who love to believe a lie more than the truth.

    II THESSALONIANS 2:11-12

    11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

    12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    The spirit of error which provoked the Seventh Day Adventists to predict that the coming of Christ will be on March 21, 1844 and then again on October 22, 1844 which both failed, is the same spirit that is now working within the group of Harold Camping that says that 21 May, 2011 is the end of the world!

    I do not know if I will still be alive on May 21, 2011 but one thing is sure: this is another deception from the spirit of error that worketh in the children of disobedience.

    EPHESIANS 2:2

    Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

    Maybe most of you will still be alive come May 21, 2011 to see the fulfillment of one of the most important predictions of the Bible:

    I JOHN 4:1

    Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

    MATTHEW 24:24

    For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

    Part of obedience is to believe on what we are taught to believe. The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the author and finisher of Christian belief or faith, once said:

    MATTHEW 24:36

    But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

    Christian faith must be firmly established on the revealed truth, the word of God taught by the Lord Jesus Christ.

    JOHN 17:17

    Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

    The truth is, “regarding that day and hour knoweth no man, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only!” Anybody giving an exact date on this God-appointed day will fail!

    THE ACTS 17:31

    Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

    THE ACTS 1:7

    And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

    Heeding to these teachings of the Lord, a God-fearing preacher will never set a definite date for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    These are false prophets!

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