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With Odd Events of 2011, the End Times Countdown Begins!

It's 2011, and it's started with an apocalyptic bang.

Birds were dropping from the sky, dead. Dead fish were washing ashore.  200 dead cows were reported in Wisconsin. These events unleashed speculation that the Biblical end times were unfolding.  Harold Camping's minions have been putting up signs all over the place saying that the Bible guarantees that Judgment Day will occur this year.  The zodiacs have changed and everyone's astrological charts are screwed up, depending on who you believe.  The north pole is headed to Russia. Add to it real scary movies and there's a toxic mix of Armageddon fear that's alive and well in America today.

So if you're like 41% of Americans who believe that Jesus is coming back real soon and the apocalypse is upon us, here's a handy little countdown clock that can help you prepare!

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About the End Times Dates.

People have been predicting the end of the world throughout the ages, and there are at least 220 documented failed prophecies.  That hasn't stopped the prophets from continuing to proclaim the end.

May 21 warningHarold Camping of Family Life Radio has made a career of predicting the end of the world, based on mathematical calculations he has made from the King James Bible.  He's never been right, but people still believe him anyway.  His latest is that Judgment Day will occur on May 21, 2011.  In fact, the faithful believe in him so much that they are willing to dump money they can ill afford to waste into promoting his message and get rid of their pets in order to ride around in vans proclaiming the end of the world.

UPDATE – Camping and his Family Radio have since said that their May 21 prophecy actually did occur, but that it was spiritual in nature.  The end of the world will physically occur on October 21, 2011.  As Dakota O'Leary reports,

May 21st kicked off a 23 year period of the Great Tribulation,  yet interestingly enough, we barely get 120 days before the earth is to be consumed by fire.

 

Don WeinlandDon Weinland is not too well known.  He's the pastor of Church of God – PKG, which is an offshoot of the former Armstrong cult, the Worldwide Church of God.  Weinland proclaims that he is God's chosen prophet and has calculated May 27, 2012 as Armageddon Day based on a somewhat confusing "logic" predicated on various events that happened when the Worldwide Church of God fell apart.

According to Weinland, anyone who mocks his authority and prophetic prowess will suffer a long and painful death.  We've featured his video before, but include it here again for your enjoyment.

Some people believe that the Mayan Calendar ends on December 21, 2012, thus spelling out the end of the world. Mixed into this belief are theories that a great big huge UFO is headed toward earth and scheduled to arrive in mid-December 2012. The mayor of a small town in France has asked that the military assist come 2012, as he is afraid that the town — which is supposedly a safe spot — will not be able to handle the influx of doomsdayers.

What we're calling "The Book of Daniel Abomination of Desolation Prediction" comes from David M Rogers of BibleTruth.cc, who, like Harold Camping, uses math based on biblical prophesies to determine when Jesus Christ is returning. His math is based on the "Abomination of Desolation" described in the book of Daniel.

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
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  • gigi

    Obviously none of the "Prophets" above have read Matthew 24:36 (NIV)
    when Christ says regarding the end "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father."

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

      They tend to come up with convoluted explanations explaining why they have their 'special knowledge.'

    • bashomon

      I know, right… how many times does it happen and people still don't get it! NO ONE KNOWS THE TIME !!…. and like my old pastor used to say,.. "when the Bible says no one, they mean, no one"

    • Mike

      They are false prophets.

    • cj

      gigi, obviously you haven't studied Matthew 24:36 deeply enough. Reading it isn't enough. You got to read in between the line. Jesus is God, so He certainly knew everything God did. Jesus would not have been so irresponsible to tell them the exact date and time and what to expect. The apostles would have freaked out. You must know that Jesus gave plenty of clues as to the end. Why did he tell them to watch and pray? Watch for what? The 'Son' mentioned in that passage is wrong. It is supposed to be lower case. The translators figured it meant Christ and thus capitalized the word. Jesus was referring to the 'son of perdition'; Satan if you will.

      • Kristy

        Jesus is not God. God is God, and Jesus is his son. Duhhh.

    • Terry Benischek

      Matthew 24:36 (NIV)
      "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father."
      This is what God says about the end times in a nutshell. This may or may not be the end times–but it shouldn't matter to true believers who await His coming minute by minute regardless of the sign of the times. We are to live a Godly life as directed by our Heavenly Father and follow the steps of Jesus. As for unbelievers, fear will not draw them into a relationship with Jesus, because the bible says that the Love of the Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit will draw them. I don't mean to sound apathetic, but all of this rhetoric from the leaders of the various cults of Christianity is just a power trip and a marketing plan that will help them to enlarge their following. If we want to spend our money/time on evangelism we need to be directed by the Lord, He will show us what to do. We are to humble ourselves, pray and turn from our wicked ways and then we will hear from God and He will heal our land!

  • http://www.ecrtravel.com Sony

    Only God Knows the end of the world.

  • Ezekiel 33:2-7

    1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. BUT YE, BRETHREN, ARE NOT IN DARKNESS, THAT THAT DAY SHOULD OVERTAKE YOU AS A THIEF.

    Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. IF THEREFORE THOU SHALT NOT WATCH, I WILL COME ON THEE AS A THIEF, AND THOU SHALT NOT KNOW WHAT HOUR I WILL COME UPON THEE.

    According to the Bible there are some who WILL know the time of the end. These are people who are watching (reading the Bible)
    The Lord will come as a thief in the night to those who are saying peace and safety/ not watching.
    You must read EVERYTHING the Bible says regarding a subject to know the whole truth of the matter.

    Remember the parable of the ten wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13

    Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so ; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. WATCH THEREFORE, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

    • themanofearth

      "You must read EVERYTHING the Bible says regarding a subject to know the whole truth of the matter."
      So then the god of the Bible expects us to take slaves, treat women as property that should be taken care of, force a person who has sex (even rape) with an unmarried virgin to pay the father for the girl he had sex with and then marry her, and eat our children should the lord punish us for disobeying him among other things.
      If the Bible is true this universe is ruled by a malevolent sadist at worst and an incompetent architect at best.

      • Katrina

        *sigh* Yes, the Old testament is full of laws and practices that we do not understand today, because they were written for a different people in a different time with a different culture…
        However, if you read the New Testament, you'll find that God canceled the old laws and covenant that He made with Israel when he sent Christ. We are no longer held to any of those rules or obligations because we have a NEW covenant through Jesus. We can go directly to the Father for forgiveness of sins, and no longer need to practice all the sacrifices and legalistic traditions of Israel's past.
        Yes, God is total and complete LOVE. However, he is also perfect justice, and perfectly sinless. and for God to remain perfect, he cannot allow sin and evil to be a part of him. That is why there is punishment for sin. That is why we need a Savior- because we can never be perfect or sinless through our own strength. That's why GRACE is so amazing! God in all his benevolent love and wisdom made a way for us to be perfectly reconciled to Him- and we don't have to do ANYTHING! Just admit that we need help, and submit and seek him! When you do that, you'll find out just how AMAZING the love and faithfulness of the Father really is.

        And as for your comment about the "incompetent architect"… This world was originally perfect when it was designed. It was only when men turned away from God and invited evil into their hearts that things started to break down. even now, however, I cannot think of anything more intricate, amazing, complex, and awe-inspiring than the self-healing, self-perpetuating cycles of our universe, our earth, our bodies, even our cells! You think that was all designed by someone who was incompetent? Do you think you could create something better?

    • http://beyondcomingworldcrisis.com chris

      Go to beyondcomingworldcrisis.com & get our 'DOWNLOAD' to understand what the bible tells us IS COMING (very,very soon!!) & SOLELY IN BIBLE VERSES (KJV). It is a detailed summary of coming world events backed up by hundreds of irrefutable bible references. You will be amazed how accurate & trustworthy the bible is. God Bless.

  • http://de.smeet.com/glossar/virtuelle-welt/3d-welt 3D Welt

    There were some odd events and no one can denie that he was thinking about the bible when he heard about the dead birds but i dont think hose priests should come up with their predictions, especially if they were wrong like 10 times already.

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  • Janice

    Yes, it is comforting to believe there is meaning to our lives beyond this short physical life, and that we have God watching each and every one of us.

    I am a point in my life where I don't know which to believe. Do I have blind faith based on a book which was translated by man which includes some contradictions as well as seeming a bit convenient to the white male dominant society.

    Of course Jesus is a white man in a robe. Also, if he is sinless, then why wear a robe to cover himself when there is no shame of sin? Adam and Eve were naked until sinning. Also, doesn't it say in the Bible about how Jezebel's will be punished eternally but yet in another part is reads that when the villagers were trying to stone a Jezebel, Jesus asked for he who hasn't sinned to cast the first stone? It also says things like who are we to judge but yet he is able to. It makes God seem egotistical as well as contradicting.

    Kind of like how we took over the west and wiped out Indians but yet we criticize Japan for trying to take over other countries. The U.S. can have all the power because we believe we are above other countries and know what's best for everyone based on OUR beliefs. This is why many other countries call us puritanical hypocrites.

    Another part of the Bible I don't like is when God tells a father to kill sacrifice his own son for a purpose which seems a bit inhumane towards the child as well as evil in that a man is told to murder someone. (one again, did God really say this? or tell him to do this? or was this brought about by a religious craze. (Sounds almost similar to how the Christians in Salem murdered many women out of assumption and going too far with religion. ) I honestly don't believe that such a loving God would allow us to judge and murder anyone.

    If anything…we have construed the true meaning of what a loving, righteous God has tried to teach us. (Like idle gossip.)

    Our planet is like a small town in a huge unknown galaxy, and we are trying to make sense of what we know, which really isnt much. Have we become arrogant to even think we know so much? As crazy as it may sound to most, just because we are the dominant species,who are we to kill animals and insects which were also created by God? We say it's for our survival…but doesn't that sound a bit arrogant and selfish on our part to think everything else is below us and there to only serve our purpose?

    Now…I obviously don't know the real answer to whether the end is coming or if God does exist…but I just feel alot of it to not make full sense at times. Also, we were created the way we are and alot of times cannot change the way we are.

    What happens when the minds of mentally unstable people cause them to be who they are (go crazy, commit crimes) and it is at times, out of their power? Are they to be punished for committing crimes when they're not even able to control their actions? will they go to heaven? or are they considered defects or murderers who are shoved aside as sinners or lost causes?

    As you can see, there are alot of questions before throwing myself fully into being a "believer". Here's another scenario…if you took a fully devoted Christian and started their lives over in a Buddhist community where the influence of Buddhism was strong and Christianity was not learned…wouldnt that person be preaching a completely different message without the knowledge of every other religion?

    I dont think Agnostic people should be shunned or considered sinners being they still want to believe some form of God exists but yet doesn't blindly throw themselves into one particular religion. Religion has also been a big cause of wars and created for people to feel they belong to something and have a purpose.(not the best comparison, but its similar to why people created football and contests. Everything is a contest against one another to prove who is superior. We've been this way throughout history.)

    I'm sure God would want us to be smarter than to jump into something without the full knowledge of other cultures and religions. Wouldn't that be considered ignorant on our part? If he created us, then you'd think he created us with minds in order to question and be aware as much as possible before assuming and foolishly jumping to the first convenient thing we find. Why would he want a bunch of foolish followers who'll believe the first thing they hear without the proper full knowledge of every worldly belief and our own questions of sincere doubts? You would think he'd respect us more if we applied our minds he's created for us to question and learn while being positive and kind to others at the same. It shouldnt matter if we go to a building each Sunday or we preach a few lines from the Bible.

    Also, i find it sad that people are telling us to hurry up and repent or commit to God before its too late. What is God? after-life insurance? I think we shouldnt try to follow him in order just to cover our behinds. Selfish reasons?

    We are all far from perfect, although many of us try to be righteous. We are what we are and should be accepted for what we are being we were created in that way. We are all born sinners. That doesnt mean to go around causing havoc but we know what we wouldnt want done to us and should treat others in the way we want to be treated. But we should not judge others and their belief being different beliefs do not make a person bad or unrighteous.

    Another thing is that we say "how can a world so perfectly organized or put together" not have a God to be responsible? I'm just saying "what if" what we think is so complex and extroardinary, really isn't. what if as humans with limited knowledge, we just think it is. There could be other living forms somewhere in space that would think we were no smarter than rocks and that our existence is so miniscule. Of course, none of us want to believe that. Let's hope there is a God caring for each of us. BTW.. please don't take any of what i said to offense being I am just trying to throw my personal questions and opinions out there like anyone else.

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  • Kivahut

    Um, did anyone else notice that Jesus couldn't get himself out of jail. How's he going to Hoover up all the sycophants who've been blowing smoke up his butt. I've heard the arguments that "he planned it this way.." He would have been better served if he had some special effects, and some music to accompany his resurrection. It seemed to be a private affair though. Either that or his publicist split with his apostles, and forgot to advertise his miracle. Too bad, it would have made a cool exit.

  • COinMS

    The Greek word translated "coming" is parousia. It really means "presence." If parousia means "presence," then the fulfillment of the signs of this prophecy would mean that Christ is not coming shortly, but he is already secretly here as a "thief in the night." The Scriptures show that Christ's initial return would be a thief-like, secret presence (1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 16:15) before "every eye shall see him" (discern His Presence).
    The following dictionaries (standard works in fundamentalist and evangelical bookstores) confirm this definition of presence.

    W. E. Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words: Parousia, literally, a presence, para, with, and ousia, being…denotes both an arrival and a consequent presence with."

    Robert Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible: Parousia, a being alongside, presence."

    Moulton and Milligan's Vocabulary of the Greek Testament Foreword: "Parousia, as applied to the return of the Lord, is simply the anglicizing of the Greek word which literally means 'presence.'"

    http://bible411.com/iwillcomeagain/index.htm

  • http://Yahoomail Anitha

    I am waiting for god………

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  • http://www.twitter.com/LadyFriendLove LadyFriend

    The thing about all of this theorizing that really gets me is the unaddressed assumption: WHY DO YOU BELIEVE THE BIBLE HAS ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT REALITY IN THE FIRST PLACE?

    If your God has set up this game/test that you call life in the way that you think, he is a bastard.

  • vee

    the surprising thing is if hell is there,we myt all b goin there coz i understand no sin is bigger than the other.f u lie to ur daughter that u will bring her sweets when she asks for them u a no different from a murderer.so i f everyone is a sinner then everyone is goin to hell or is there another dimension to this thing

  • Phyllis

    No one should try to interpret the bible without a learned scholar helping.
    Jesus sent apostles out to preach-not write – his message. Only 5-6 wrote anything and it is supposed that Paul wrote for them because they were illiterate. Some finally realized these "letters" were valueable and started to save them. So many were destroyed before that and the other apostles wrote nothing. They taught orally. The book called the bible is not finished. John says: if all that Christ taught, the earth could not contain it all! Read further the writings of many of the successors to the apostles- Faith of Our Fathers, by Jergens. These writings will explain much further how they lived and taught and in a more understandable way. Those writings are going on yet today because the apostles and their successors did not stop teaching more successors! Christ knew his apostles wouldn't live forever, nor their successors. They are still amassing more succossors daily-in the one true church.
    There are 30,000+ sects today, all teaching different things that the "bible" says. That isn't what Christ intended I'm sure.

  • Sean Jacob See

    Only GOD knows the end of times. Follow JESUS CHRIST'S footsteps beacause JESUS CHRIST is LORD and SAVIOR.

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com Dakota O'Leary

      Hence the reason for the capital letters….

  • http://www.book3.blogspot.com Ronald Cooke

    Actually. I keep thinking the end times date is July 25, 2012. I have no idea why.

  • debbi

    I do believe in God or a higher being, I do believe that God or the higher being knows exactly when our end will be, but I don't for one moment think that information has been passed to anyone, either in thought, writings, secret messages or anything else! God, is all powerful and forgiving to those who sin, so why would he suddenly change his mind and leave behind the vast majority of the population to rot in the hell on earth these folks talk of? Are they trying to convince us that God is suddenly not the being we are lead to believe from the Bible? That he couldn't care if those who are 'not so bad' suffer? Hardly. Of course God is already here on earth, look at the beauty around us, the flowers, the sea's, the soil. Look in the mirror, look at your cat or dog – he created them and is within all of those things and as such isn't going to just decide one day that so many of his beautiful creations should suffer and starve! God isn't the major threat to this wonderful place, we as Humans are the biggest threat, wars, greed and hated being our greatest weaknesses. Take a step back – wake up and smell the coffee – don't hate for the colour of someones skin or culture – respect it, embrace it, share it – we are not so different. We all eat, sleep, laugh and cry. Live as one and the world would be a better place long after May 2011, December 2012 or whenever the next human decided to say 'we're all going to die!'

  • Balstrome

    Before you do anything, you have to show evidence that gods actually do exist. Otherwise why should I believe your stories about what these gods say. So, I am waiting for the evidence, for a long time now.

  • http://none James

    well, as it has been said many times before, watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh
    so if Mr Weinland says he knows then you know he is NOT a true Christian, also he delclares himself a prophet of god; got news for ya Weinland, Christ said near the end of time there will be many false prophets, be not decieved = Weinland & friends full of malarkey! Christ himself was the LAST prophet

    • http://saraoutlet.com/iphone5cases-iphone5covers.html pearl

      I agree with you completely James. Its only God or His Generous Son who knows the reality. Such kind of rumors are getting blown so many times and moreover there's nothing to be afraid just trust Him and live your life completely with joy.

  • http://www.brotherinkjetcartridges.co.cc brother ink

    This count down is not perfect at all and can be closed

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com Dakota O'Leary

      This is actually a really old story had you looked at the date.

  • Pat

    Re: Matthew 24:36…
    But I thought the Son was the Father. How could the Father know, yet the Son not know?

  • Jeremy

    He is right about one thing. It is very difficult for me to grasp that the supreme being would teach us not to mock him by um, mocking us.

    Ya see, I would have thought God would have more than an elementary school mentality, but that is probably why I am going to hell :P

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/martyseay?feature=mhee marty seay

    Just wanted to warn everyone about what God said is coming, things he has showed me since July of this year.Urgent warning for the Winter' God is Calling' Gods Hearfelt Warning' and There Shall be Signs". All posted on youtube.
    I fear God way to much to post something that he didn't say.
    Thanks for Listening".

  • Joseph
  • Great Scott

    The End will happened when ever your time is here.
    Stop trying to find the End of Time and start living the life God blessed you with.
    The only good reason that the knowledge of the End will serve you, is if you wanna run up your Credit Cards
    other than that… Just Wait for the Lord. He's not going to let you know ahead of time, because like any house-wife, You'd start cleaning everything up and try to make a good impression…
    In this event, live like it's over tonight.
    Sow enough for everyone, and reap what you need

  • Modres

    Weinland is so far off in his understanding of the Bible that it's pitiful.  It's even more pitiful that people follow him believe what he says.  According to him, most of the seals of Revelation have already occurred and that both he AND his wife are the two witnesses that God raises up during the Tribulation period.

    It's absurd and tragic that people like him are given an audience at all.

    • Deborah_B

      It looks like he has not updated his website for awhile.  I wonder if he is going to get some new 'revelation' that moves the date.

    • Donny4luv

      The man is sick minded. Hopefully people around him aren't following his lead.

  • Donny4luv

    "According to Weinland, anyone who mocks his authority and prophetic prowess will suffer a long and painful death."  Pastor Weinland…do humanity a true favor. Check yourself into the nearest mental hospital. Frankly, I'm tempted to mock you. However I recognize that you're living in a fantasy world. However, I believe you're a danger to those who follow you. It's sad.

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