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.
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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.
Harold 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 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.