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Doomsday Prediction: The World Is Coming to an End

Preacher Harold Camping says the end of the world begins today, May 21.

The media is buzzing with the latest end of the world prophecy, while radio stations everywhere are playing R.E.M’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It".

Evangelical preacher Harold Camping has once again predicted the end of the world. He first predicted the end of the world back in 1994. This time he's sure the end will begin on May 21, at around 6 p.m. Camping says he'll be watching TV to look for earthquakes somewhere in the world.

According to the 89-year-old Camping, the end of the world will begin today, and the actual end will come on Oct. 21, with the total destruction of the world. Camping says an earthquake somewhere in the world will open the graves of dead “true believers” so they can get their new bodies and be united with Jesus Christ. Five months of horrors will follow, he says, and all come to an abrupt end on October 21 when the earth is completely destroyed and will cease to exist.

Camping came to his conclusion based on a personal interpretation of the bible and biblical event dates, starting with the Great Flood. While most theologians disagree, Camping insists the Flood occurred in 4990 B.C. He adds the year of the Flood with our current year, then subtracts one year (because there is no year zero between the Old Testament and the New Testament) to arrive at 7,000. (4990+2011-1=7000) He has personally determined that the number 7,000 in his equations means Doomsday.

What preacher Camping seems to have missed in all his bible reading and calculations were the very words of Jesus Christ, who told the world about “End Times” in his famous speech from the Mount of Olives (found in Matthew: 24).

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. 9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. 15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again."

And here in Matthew 24:36 Jesus makes it very clear that no one knows the date or time – not even evangelical preacher Harold Camping.

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Camping isn’t the first to make this sort of “Doomsday” prediction. Doomsday predictions in Christian denominations go back ages. Benjamin Keach (Baptist) predicted the world would end in 1689. The Shakers predicted the world would end in 1792. Joseph White (Latter Day Saints) said the end would come in 1832. And Ellen White (Seventh Day Adventist) made a few Doomsday predictions over the years. But no one denomination can out-do the Jehovah Witnesses in Doomsday predictions. They’ve had nearly a dozen Doomsday dates over the last few decades and they’re still going strong with more.

Christians aren’t the only ones making Doomsday predictions. Cult leader David Koresh predicted Doomsday in 1995. The author of “The Bible Code," Michael Drosnin predicted the kick off to Armageddon would happen in the year 2000, with the start of World War III. And New Agers for a while now have been claiming the end of the world will be December 21, 2012 based on the Mayan calendar ending on that date.

So, Camping isn’t alone in the world of Doomsday predictions, nor will he likely be alone on the list of “Failed Doomsday Predictors."

Rhonda B. May 21, 2011 at 11:43 AM
Can we sue for false advertisement, after all he has millions.
Julie Schmitt-OMalley May 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Thank you Alan. As the author of the article I did check a few sources for the facts I mentioned. Mostly I looked to religious sites and had not gone to Wiki, but I do thank you for posting that link and the information it states. -Julie Schmitt-OMalley-
Sylvonia May 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Mr. Vaslow not all or murders and rapist. God loves sinners too but he does not love the sin. We have to preach to them to and love them inspite of there sins its not easy and that is why we pray for Yahweh's intervention. John 3:16 is universal all understand His love. His son died for all our sins and He forgave the theft on the cross next to Him when he asked for forgiveness. He will forgive a murderer and rapist if they ask for forgiveness to.
Kathleen May 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Anytime, any minute we can get hit by a bus or fall ill and die. Then that's the end of our world for us. And the world will go on even without us. So we don't need anyone to give us an "end of the world" prophecy to make us live life in the moment and be aware each day if we are leaving traces of pain or traces of joy in our path.
Julie Schmitt-OMalley May 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM
In June of 1850 did Ellen White say "My accompanying angel said, 'Time is almost finished. Get ready, get ready, get ready.' ...now time is almost finished...and what we have been years learning, they will have to learn in a few months." or did she not??? -Julie Schmitt-OMalley-
brandon provencal May 21, 2011 at 12:03 PM
dude like come on already no one know what time or what day nor the hour that the world is gonna end is like give it a rest people will try to scare you so you can so and follow them well let me tell you something it dose not sy that god has a favorit place in america is say that the WHOLE WORLD is gonna end..... like come on give me a break..... dont lisent to this fool...... if everyone want they can email me at brandonprovencal22@yhaoo.com,juniormint94@gmail.com,juniormint12094@aol.com i would be glad to answer questions and be glad to talk to anyone.
alan May 21, 2011 at 12:12 PM
@ Julie Schmitt-O'Malley: You're welcome. I thought your article was very good. One wonders if the response of Camping and his followers to another failed prediction will be to admit it (which would be refreshing), or if like the Jehovah's Witnesses and others the prediction will be adjusted based on a 'new understanding'. If the latter, what is it in our human makeup that makes us hold onto deeply held beliefs that have proven wrong. . . it would make a good followup article.
Dr.Het Ram Bishnoi May 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Any way one thing is clear that "THIRD WORLD WAR" would be the main reason for end of human life over this earth. When third world war will start and when finish I will tell on subsequent days. Mind it that I am neither soothsayer or an astrologer but due to scientific calculations I would narrate whole things in coming days.
Kunle Olowogboye May 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM
this is unbelievable, i just wish God can come and settle this dismay
Pocho May 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Miller's followers (They becomes Seventh Day Adventist) examined the Bible more closely and discovered that no one could predict the day nor hour of the Second Coming. Also discovered that they did not miss the date (1844), the miss the event. Was not the End, was when Jesus go in to the Holies of All in the Tabernacle
LALIT May 21, 2011 at 02:08 PM
every one has to do something to earn for a living....camping does this..fooloing fools and making money n being in the news...GOD BLESS U CAMPING AS GET READY TO BE LAUGHED UPON AS VERY FEW HOURS ARE LEFT FOR UR BLUFF TO BE CALLED.. CHEERS N ENJOY,,,, LALIT
starr May 21, 2011 at 02:44 PM
I dont think everyone should be so hard on camping.even though we know when Its oír time to go our higher power will take us,he predicted something , but the media spread it ever think about it that way so i think Its the media scaring and stirring up more than it should be
Christopher May 21, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Perhaps his words and fear driving in society is for another reason, to try and get more people saved and form a closer relationship with God. Who is to judge him or anyone else for that matter, I am not. All I know is when that day comes, I hope I am lucky enough to be where ever God wishes to place me. I know that is where I am meant to be. Till that day if it is to come in my lifetime, see you on the other side.
Alex Jackson May 21, 2011 at 03:12 PM
This does not make any sense. Something is literally wrong with your calculations. I am only 10 but I know that does not make any sense. ANYWAY you are talking about your world. When you wake up Sunday you will have a disarrayed look on your face. I am only speaking my mind.
Ted deParagon May 21, 2011 at 03:39 PM
This is why religion is a fine thing IF taken in moderation and kept to one's self.
Nita May 21, 2011 at 04:18 PM
You poor old man!!! Why casnt you just take it that Jesus isnt going to come? Were still here all of us and we are very much alive too!!! :) Stop acting like a lunie!! lol Uve made a misstake 1s...wasnt that enough? Put the whole world under this proper stupied prediction and got loads of Americans proper upset! And not to mention that about the animals... my god... off course they are going to heaven too!!!! Where else would they go? Tell you what... you gonna have a lot to answer for now! Get a grip and start to apreciate that your not more then anybody else! :) Were all here for a reason...can only wonder what ur mission is... since u cant even calculate... hahahahaha
Natasha Negron May 21, 2011 at 04:40 PM
For months I thought to beleive that the world was coming to a end today. To me its not funny to play with peoples mind like that, I found out today that there were one to many predictions about the world ending since the late 1600's. But just because the world might not end today what makes us think it might not happen December of 2012. Another year to kill.... Only God can tell when its really time... Thanks... Dreamcathcher23
zakir May 21, 2011 at 05:59 PM
ya mr campin make america gona be destroy coz its now abt 11am in da morning 21 may we dnt know wen will end of da world be n we cant predict only got wil know n we as his children can only see da signs.n yah da signs are showing but we wont know wen
Michael Radney May 21, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Jesus said (regarding the last days) That many shall come in my name saying that I am the Christ, and shall deceive many". I was taught, years ago, that this was reffering to people like Jim Jones or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, etc, etc. I now realize that Jesus was saying that some supposed Chistians would be the ones who would deceive many. My advise to all, particularly pastors, is the need to re-evaluate our long held doctrines to assure that we aren't those who "do the same thing" as Mr. Camping. "Judge not, lest ye be judged".
Njaamba Tikere May 21, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Jehovah Witnesses have made "firm predictions" that never turned out true. There are at least 8 famous dates issued and printed on their WATCH TOWER publications, they affected very many people who wanted to "wind up" their worldly affairs before they would be caught up unprepared by the time "End of the world" arrives. Some cashed in their Insurance policies, others withdrew all their live savings from banks, spent some, donated some to the "ministry" and many refused to pursue further education as it would be of "no use"... The Watchtower & Awake pronounced and published extensively on at least 8 occasions when "End of The World" would be: October 1914, October 1915, 1918, 1925, 1932, 1941, 1975 and 1994. The world never ended - of course - but in a bid to deviate from responsibility , The Jehovah Witness leadership would always embark on campaigns of vague and shallow denials. Also they would engage on tough campaigns of purging their own members that would question the failure to occur the predicted "End of the world". Many members would be dis-fellowshipped (chased out) in the months after the "End of the world" predicted dates pass. Thus many members, due to fear and threats of loosing their membership would opt to remain in the cult ( yes, it is a cult ) than being condemned, cursed and disfranchised!!
Njaamba Tikere May 21, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Jehovah Witnesses have made "firm predictions" that never turned out true. There are at least 8 famous dates issued and printed on their WATCH TOWER publications, they affected very many people who wanted to "wind up" their worldly affairs before they would be caught up unprepared by the time "End of the world" arrives. Some cashed in their Insurance policies, others withdrew all their live savings from banks, spent some, donated some to the "ministry" and many refused to pursue further education as it would be of "no use"... The Watchtower & Awake pronounced and published extensively on at least 8 occasions when "End of The World" would be: October 1914, October 1915, 1918, 1925, 1932, 1941, 1975 and 1994. The world never ended - of course - but in a bid to deviate from responsibility , The Jehovah Witness leadership would always embark on campaigns of vague and shallow denials. Also they would engage on tough campaigns of purging their own members that would question the failure to occur the predicted "End of the world". Many members would be dis-fellowshipped (chased out) in the months after the "End of the world" predicted dates pass. Thus many members, due to fear and threats of loosing their membership would opt to remain in the cult ( yes, it is a cult ) than being condemned, cursed and disfranchised!!
Njaamba Tikere May 21, 2011 at 08:26 PM
The very first guy to predict end of the world was the founder himself! Poor fellow, Charles Taze Russel, first predicted that TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) would be in October 1914. When it didn't happen, he pushed the date by 1 year and gave all the flimsy reasons of the earlier "miscalculation". Well, that still didn't work and he died in 1916! Thereafter, there were at least 6 famous dates predicted and printed on the WATCH TOWER and/or AWAKE publications. Of course very many people, especially members have believed the predictions and many have proceeded to "wind up" their worldly affairs rest they should be caught up unprepared. Some cashed on their Insurance policies, others withdrew their entire live savings from banks, spent some, donated some to the "ministry". Many would shun pursuing further education as it would be of "no use". Many others would resign from regular jobs and intensify their efforts to distribute the WATCHTOWER & AWAKE Publications, the tools that have been used by the WTS leadership to propagate the message of TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It). Herebelow are the 8 occasions that have been predicted: October 1914, October 1915, 1918, 1925, 1932, 1941, 1975 and 1994. The world never ended - of course - but in a bid to deviate from responsibility, The WTS leadership have always embarked on campaigns of vague denials. It is common for members that would question failed prophesies to be purged and dis-fellowshipped.
lorath May 21, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Starr, I don't believe it was the media that paid for a bill-board in my area to display Campings doomsday message.... so I don't think Camping is as innocent as you want to make him out to be.
Carmen May 21, 2011 at 09:59 PM
I justed checked the news etc and there have been no natrural desastors earthqwaks and so on !! so camping is once agaian WRONG and we r all stil alive !! I really think camping needs a new hobby , this predicting when the earth will end is getting old ...
morrotto May 21, 2011 at 10:45 PM
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS DOOMSDAY .YES THE WORLD WILL COME TO AN END, BUT NOT IN THE NEAR FUTURE. LIKE ALL OTHER PLANETS IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM SYSTEM IT WILL HAVE A NATURAL DEATH BUT WE STILL HAVE MILLIONS OF YEARS FOR THAT TO HAPPEN . THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO BE A GOOD PERSON TO ONE SELF AND TO OTHERS . STOP CRITICIZING OTHERS FOR THEIR MISTAKES BECAUSE WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS AND EVERYONE MAKE MISTAKES .THIS WORLD IS FULL OF MISERY , WE SHOULD ALL CONCENTRATE IN MAKING THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN. DEVELOPE LOVE, PEACE, HARMONY WITHIN OURSELVES AND SPREAD IT TO OTHERS.THIS IS THE KEY TO HAPPINESS.love n happiness for all.:)
Michael Radney May 22, 2011 at 01:26 AM
@nashka - I once believed like you. Of course, that was 37 years ago. Since that time I have seen literally thousands of times and experiences where God, indeed, revealed Himself to me.....personally. There have also been many times when I walked in my own self will & have seen the fruit of that way. I am now 58 years old and experience the presence of God daily. And though He never forces me, when I willingly walk in His Love, then I experience that same love for other. I pray that you find that love so that you can not only know what is wrong (in this case, Harold Camping) but also what is absolutely right and good, and prefect Love.... found only in Christ Jesus. Budda said many things, but he never said that "no man comes to (know) the Father (God) but through me". This Jesus can dispel your doubts if you ask Him, sincerely wanting to know and follow God. He is with you right now....please open your heart and mind to Him. For though Harold Camping has shown himself as a false prophet, that doesn't mean there aren't real children of God. I pray you will understand that someday. Peace!!
Bob Sullivan May 22, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Hey......... I'm still alive!!! Either the rapture ship left without me, or somebody goofed up his dates. Guess I'd better call the boss and ask for my job back. I had fun telling him off and quitting knowing that the world was going to end. Maybe a mistake on my part.
anil aggarwala May 23, 2011 at 03:44 AM
• As far as the evil predictions are concerned, Nothing will happen ,though the fear of the solar flare up in 2013 when Saturn and Rahu join closely and can be damaging on the whole .Varahamihira had reffered to it, as late Dr. Raman reminded many times and the cycle this time , some where in Sept 2013 is accompanied with very unfavourable combination. Mr. K.N.Rao has predicted that in the year 2030 Poornima of 17th May 2030 could be the year of catastrophe. Saturn will be preparing to enter the Rohini nakshatra and Ketu will get closer to Saturn Rohini nakshatra willbe fully afflicted. The Planets in Taurus will be Sun 2.19 degrees, Saturn 3.49 degrees, Mars 4.20 degrees, very close degrees along with Ketu these 3 planets malefic in nature will be in Rahu- Ketu axis on a Poornima day. This is not a pralaya day, or the end of the world, but a year of catastrophe. There is no mention in the Shastras that the world will come to an
anil aggarwala May 23, 2011 at 03:46 AM
please add the word end in the last line Thanks
amy baguely November 22, 2012 at 04:53 PM
its past october now ,did the world end???NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!u pple need to actually calm urselves down no-one knows wen its gonna end so stop making unreasonable predictions ,PS this is frm a 12 yr old!!!!i cant possible know better than adults!!!!!

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