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This could be the last copy of The Sunday Independent you will ever read – at least according to Harold Camping, a US preacher who says the world is going to end on May 21, at 7pm to be precise.
Camping has been preaching his message of doom on radio stations across the US about the beginning of Judgement Day (he says on May 21) and the rapture, in which Christians will be “taken up into the air to meet Christ” (he says on October 21) after five months of terror on Earth.
However, local astrologer Dion van Zyl says there is nothing to fear.
“I have been following global events from 2007 very closely and the world is not ending on May 21.
“We have horrible days once a month – and this coming weekend falls into that pattern. The economic recession and disaster in Japan occurred during this horrible-day period which happens (monthly).”
Van Zyl said this was happening because Uranus was in opposition to Saturn and the box-shaped alignment of these and two other planets.
“People should be prepared for things to go wrong, especially on Friday, May 20.”
Neither are many Christian leaders persuaded by Camping’s predictions. Father Chris Townsend from the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference said: “Jesus clearly states that the hour is the Father’s business and not the business of prophets or preachers, but God’s alone.
“Millennial and other dire prophecies are often the result of deep societal stress manifest in fear and anxiety. Jesus’s first words to his disciples are ‘Peace be with you’. We have to take Jesus seriously. If we are doing the work of bringing God’s reign, working for community, justice and reconciliation – in a sense ‘doing the Kingdom’ – we have nothing to fear. Even if the world does end on May 21, 22 or 28 – who cares! The Kingdom is for living.”
Camping has programmes in 48 languages and has thousands of followers across the globe – including a radio station in South Africa.
He claims the world will end on May 21 because that will be 722 500 days from 1 April AD33, which he believes was the day of Jesus’s crucifixion. For Camping and his followers the figure of 722 500 is important because you get it by multiplying three holy numbers (five, 10 and 17) – twice.
But this is not the first time he has predicted the second coming.
He and his followers gathered at an auditorium in Alameda awaiting Christ’s return on September 6, 1994. He said since then they had done more research and believed their new date was accurate.
Throughout history people have expected the world to end.
In 1689 a Baptist, Benjamin Keach, predicted the end of the world, as did British theologian and mathematician William Whitson, in a great flood similar to Noah’s, on October 13, 1736. - Charmel Brown
Well means the ruling party's days are over...much sooner than what they would have liked....I like
Well if this is the case then perhaps I should max my credit cards to the limit and live it up until the world ends... but knowing my luck the end of the world wont happen and all I will have is debt that will have to be re-payed.... thats if my boss will give me my job back.... lol... what next....
Get Real, wrote
As a pastor and trained theologian I can only say Camping is a heretic and a false teacher with a cult-like following. He has predicted this before and been wrong every time. Come May 22nd he will look like the fool that he is. Those who follow him have zero discernment. Jesus Himself said that "No man knows the day or the hour". Camping's version of end times has much in common with the New Age hacks who practice astrology. They are all like a broken clock, right only twice a day. The important thing for true Christians is live as though the Lord were returning today but plan as if He weren't.
I will take bets at 7 to 1 that the end will occur on a Saturday, but I won't say which. Send me R1000 for a chance to to make R7000. Collect your winnings within the first month of the End of the World. Terms and Conditions Apply.
I have been following this for some time now. I love a good end of world prediction. I was so shocked to see that he is advertising in London England as well. We even have our own version of Herald Camping here in the UK. http:danthebirdman.me - bring on the 22nd when all we have left in the world are us sinners.
saone smulian, wrote
These people are allowed to vote?!
Cool, I shall now sell all my stuff, give up work, and have a ball for the next 5 months! NOT! You may ask yourself "why do poeple believe this junk?" - well if you're a christian, or almost any other church go-er for that matter, just look at all the junk YOU beleive. Its not really that different, is it?
Rev. Daniel W. Blair, wrote
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
well, i dont know if this is true tell me if i am wrong but people say that Chirst said that the world will end when NOONE IS EXPECTING it to end. And truthfully these people who believe the world is going to end on may 21 really have no evedence. Yes, it is true that we have had alot of things happen bad things like earthquakes, and tonados, and others and Christ said many disasters like these will happen before the world ends. Right no i think that the are warning signs not saying the world is going to end on the spesific day. But you want get me wrong it is quiet scary the hole fireballs falling. and the sky opening, but there is the hole beautiful music and seeing god for the first time and seeing the ones u love. I believe in God. and i feel like the person who said well i have been following the patterns is right the Japen insedent did occur on this specific day.
Don't forget the 7th Day Adventists.In the summer of 1844, Millerite Adventists came to believe that Jesus would return on October 22, 1844, understood to be the Biblical Day of Atonement for that year. When this did not happen, most of his followers disbanded and returned to their original churches.
First and foremost Christ himself does not know the datehr of the his second coming he awaits the instruction from the Father. Neither the less Christ will return and whoe!! Unto those who deny him, rebuked him and cast him aside. I beg of u all choose Christ while you still have life in you.
never believed in religions and lunatics and shee that belong to religions. dont pray either and im dam successful. why are so many people like sheep?? my only belief is hard work, respect and more hard work.
Danny Haszard, wrote
Watchtower Jehovah’s Witnesses have little credibility with their own fairy tale primary doctrine of Jesus ‘invisible’ second coming October 1914 Watchtower society false prophets declare end of world in 1874, 1878, 1881, 1910, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1975, and 1984.... http:www.dannyhaszard.com1975.htm LINK Actual news releases on Armageddon 1975 prediction ----- Danny Haszard been there!
None not even Jesus knows that day of the Lords return.
Religious drivel. Hardly worth reporting on. Right up there with asstronomy.
For all those who think that all Americans are mad, we are not. We also think this guy is making a living off fear-mongering. Also, when the world has a crisis who is the first country that they look to for money and aid - America! We have our faults just like any other country but we also do a lot of good that nobody ever wants to acknowledge.
Another freak who doesn't understand the Bible. as for "biblefallacies", you don't have a clue what's written either. Stop taking verses out of context. This is the problem. There are too many individuals who try and create a "religion" out of a single bible text, and too many gullible's who believe these charismatic charlatans.
no one knows the second coming of Jesus christ even the angels in heaven
the way the usa is going around finishing off countries we can have that world terminationation date soon!!!
Camping and fishing, wrote
And if the world didn't end then Mr Camping will just go camping and fishing with all the millions in donations he received.