From the Detroit Free Press:
Really? After billions of years, the end of the world has to land on a Saturday?
On a weekend in late spring, no less.
But math is what it is. Harold Camping’s math, anyway. The 89-year-old, deep-voiced Christian radio broadcaster based in California has used the wealth of his network to frantically spread the word that an earthquake “so powerful it will throw open all graves” will hit at 6 p.m. Pacific time (9 p.m. Detroit time) today.
Camping’s prediction is based on calculations that Saturday marks exactly 7,000 years since Noah’s flood — and that means Judgment Day.
He has put up billboards all over the world to warn people. His followers, traveling coast to coast in caravans of wild-painted vans, spout apocalyptic doom.
According to the Family Radio Christian network Web site, Jesus will return in the ensuing chaos and destruction to rescue the true believers, who will ascend to heaven in the Rapture. Nonbelievers will remain to live in torture and torment, tsunamis and fire for five more months — until Oct. 21, when God will destroy whatever and whoever remains.
This week’s frenzy, [some critics] say, is less about faith and more about pop culture and money.
When a recent caller to Camping’s radio show asked whether people sending money to spread the word would get their cash back if this thing didn’t pan out, Camping thundered: “This is going to happen. Millions will die. It’s going to be horrible.”
Some people are buying it. Some are even buying the T-shirt: “Rapture Ready.” It’s $18.90 — for a very limited time.
Camping made a similar end-of-the-world claim in 1994. A management-labor dispute did stop the World Series that year, but everything else seemed to go on as planned.
With all this talk about Harold Camping, it seems that everyone has forgotten the other doomsayer. From The Wire at BUSINESS INSIDER:
Glenn Beck, who earlier this week announced a Restoring Courage rally in Israel saying “God is involved in man’s affairs, but so is the force of darkness,” and that the “very gates of hell” would oppose his attempts to hold the rally, thinks it’s silly to believe the world is ending tomorrow.
Beck devoted the first five minutes of his show today to explaining why the world is not ending tomorrow (the bible says no one will know the day). After which he introduced a panel of experts to confirm this.
Somewhat ironic side-note: The reason evangelical Christians (Beck is a Mormon) are so fixated on Israel is because they believe that following Armageddon — during which all the disbelievers perish violently — it’s where Jesus will appear to lead his Christan followers into Heaven. Armageddon follows the Rapture, which is scheduled for tomorrow.