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May 21 Judgment Day–What to Expect According to Harold Camping

May 21 Judgment Day–What to Expect According to Harold Camping

Harold Camping in 2011

In an interview with New York News and Features, Harold Camping, president of the Family radio network in Oakland, explains that when the calender says it is May 21 in your city or country and the clock says it is about 6 p.m., Judgment Day will be ushered in by a massive earthquake. Camping does not specify its intensity on the Richter Scale, but assures us it is going to be a really massive quake that will make the recent quake in Japan seem like child's play.

When this first warning happens, the smug smiles will be wiped off skeptic faces (and no doubt Camping relishes that moment) and the whole world will be awakened to the gravity of the situation for the first time. Now, since this great big Judgment quake has been slated by God for exactly 6 p.m. on May 21 on your local clock, the quake will follow the sun around the globe for 24 hours. And as the quake hits each section of the globe in turn, the rest of the world where the local time is not yet 6 p.m. will be sitting glued to their TV sets and Radios and Internet following the news of the approach of the great big Judgment Day quake, watching helplessly afar off as the quake waves approach their section of the globe.

And what would Harold Camping be doing while this great big Judgment Day quake hits the world in relay? "I'll be doing what everybody else will be doing, which is listening to the radio or watching TV, seeing what is happening as it begins on the other side of the world." (No doubt with a self-satisfied, I-told-you-so-smile on his wrinkled nonagenarian face.)

When exactly will Rapture take place? Bible prophecy only assures us it will happen on May 21, at what hour no man knows except the father in heaven. And don't mind those blasphemous jokes about Raptured Christian gentlemen and ladies leaving behind their suits, skirts, blouses, shoes and undies when they go pop! and Rapture into heaven. The Lord, according to Camping, is taking his own up into heaven: Armani suits, Gucci shoes and belts, Calvin Klein undies,  and whatnot.

Did you ask whether we'd be needing good old ascension robes, the type tailors made a fortune fitting nineteenth century Millerites with? No, you wouldn't be needing any–reports say plain polyester and pumps would be fine: and ladies, no make-up, please.

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  • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

    And apparently it's 6pm in every time zone! LOL!

    You've been writing some great stuff, JT. Thanks for this.

    Deborah

    • jose

      in the 20 sec.(thess 1-5)liying.it say ther he has warned the believers.thats b.s.the true is thess 1-5 is Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.ok so wher did they got that from?

      • http://vrsry.com/endoftheworld earthfolk

        137,615 Seconds to go! there's a Live Countdown.
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      • Dr Rogers

        I hope I remember the end of the world is on Saturday.
        I have missed the last few….must pay more attention!!
        Never mind, if i miss this one there are bound to be more comming soon!! if the supply of religious nutters with random predictions don't dry up that is.
        My prediction is that on Sunday the religious nuts will anounce a error in the calculations …AGAIN.

    • RealitySpeaks

      HAROLD CAMPING IS NOT A CHRISTIAN!

      No True Christian would follow this man. He is an arrogant Old fool who believes his own Bible translations.

      His followers are the worst, they trust “HAROLD CAMPING INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE…NOT THE BIBLE!

      Harold Camping is a horrible Bible teacher. HERE IS HOW HE FOOLS YOU
      SEE HERE

      http://haroldcamping-21.blogspot.com/2011/05/exposing-harold-campings-fake-numbers.html

      • FrankWest

        Oh really! Camping is putting his entire 50 year world wide ministry on the line, just to fool you. How ridiculious YOU sound!
        He feels God wants him to warn the world.
        What does he have to gain? If he is wrong, he;s gone. If he is right, he's gone! Look at the state of the world. Does it really look like the politican's can help????

        • Kelsey

          Because he spent 50 years making up false accusations that the Rapture is coming, completely disregarding God and his book which CLEARLY states no one but HE knows the true Judgement Day. If Camping is a true Christian, he needs to stop making predictions and start actually reading the Bible, instead of picking random Bible verses that have nothing to do with the Rapture and posting them on billboards.

        • FrankTheTanked

          Wow. You write like a dyslexic 12 year old. This isn't his first prediction, and "his ministry" is full of retarded sheep like yourself (so he's putting a lot on the line, right?)

          What does he have to gain? Money from his followers, just like last time. I am interested to see how he backpedals this time around.

        • Mia

          You know what Mr. Camping has to gain? Lots and lots of money thanks to his followers donating to his church because of this stupid prediction :) The more people who believe his ridiculous ramblings the more people will donate to his church to keep this crap going. I've read about it, and considering his church is worth a measly 120mil, what does that tell you? The green stuff is pretty damn powerful too. Oh and one more thing, it clearly states that no one knows when the end of times will come except God himself. That right there should tell you. Read the Bible for yourself to find your answers. There is no hidden numerical code in the Bible. People will see what they want to see and then try and twist ideals so that it fits their beliefs. Feel free to follow what Camping is predicting, and I will be sitting with a smile on my face on May 22nd, 2011, clearly still here on Earth and loving every minute of it.

        • Jesse

          Below is an email from Matt Tuter, who works for the FR ministry, who read Thomas Golda’s lost of Camping date failures.

          ************************************************************

          I don’t know your name, but I was forwarded a copy of your post with the various dates that Harold Camping has set.

          I wanted to offer a correction. The December 25th date “8″ was for 1994. I still have the video tape when he said it, 40 minutes into the Open Forum on December 20th 1994.

          On “10″ it was April 29th 1996 Harold set the date as May 3rd. again I still have the tape.

          In addition to Revelation 22:18 I like to present Galatians 1:8&9 to those that believe in progressive revelation.

          Matt Tuter

          *************************************************

          The list is updated as follows:

          Mr. Camping has made 10 false date predictions in the past.

          Date setters have all one thing in common. A 100% failure rate”

          1. 1978 – Camping declares to his Alameda Church that the rapture would occur in 1978

          2. September 6, 1994 – Camping prediction # 2 – Based on 1994?

          3. September 15, 1994 – Camping prediction # 3 – Based on 1994?

          4. September 29, 1994 – Camping prediction # 4 – Based on 1994?

          5. October 2, 1994 – Camping prediction #5 – Claimed Christ was born Oct 2, in 7AD and would return exactly 2000 years later.

          6. December 25, 1994 – Camping prediction # 6 – Camping claims that Christ will return on Christmas and that the Bible supported this.

          7. March 16, 1995 (Purim) – Camping prediction # 7 – Camping claims this is “Watch # 1″ of a new wave of dates.

          8. September 24, 1995 – Camping prediction # 8 – Camping claims this is “Watch # 2″ – Camping claims that there is Biblical evidence of Christ returning “383 days” after September 6, 1994. Camping also claims that September 24, 1995 is 721 + 91 Ceros(A ceros is little over 18 years – 223 lunar cycles or revolutions. A ceros is the complete revoluation of the sun, moon, stars and planets) – Camping claims that these revolutions can predict the end. Camping also states that if you divide the 2300 days of Daniel 8 by the number “6″ you get 383. Thus, according to Camping, you can add 383 days to September 6, 1994 and come to September 24, 1995. September 24, 1995 ends the magic 383 day period.

          9. April 3, 1996 – Passover (Watch # 3)- Camping prediction # 9 – Camping claims that there is Biblical evidence of Christ returning 191 days after September 25, 1995 on the Passover.

          10. May 3, 1996 – Camping prediction # 10 – Camping claims that there is a 30 day grace period after April 3, 1996 which Christ can return.

          Date setters all believe in the false doctrine of “progressive revelation” after the Bible was completed in violation of Revelation 22:18

        • Steve

          No, he won't be gone, that's the problem. He'll come up with another lame-a$$ excuse like before…this is his pattern. And the sheeple will continue to believe his lies. Just you watch.

        • javier

          Its not the first time HAROLD CAMPING predicts the end of the world. He wrote a book in 1992 titled "1994". Where he predicts raptured would occur September 16-17, 1994. As we all now nothing happened. When asked about this, his response was "it was a miscalculation". http://continentalnews.net/christian-news/day-of-judgment-may-21-2011-harold-camping%E2%80%99s-latest-prediction-7808.html

          or a review on his book "1994" http://www.equip.org/articles/harold-camping-1994-

        • EricO

          Camping paid for a FULL PAGE AD in today's USA Today. The fact that he can afford to pay for such an ad tells me the man has way too much money. Not only that, but it's money that could have instead gone towards helping the poor and homeless. Such a shame that so many so-called Christians are the furthest from what Christ taught.

  • ANYNYMOUS

    you.are.full.of.seventy.tons.of.BULLSHIT! FOR ONE THING, THAT PREDICIOTN HAD NO AFFECT ON MOST SKEPTICS, MAKING THIS WHOLE ARTICAL A LIE. ALSO IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR AN EARTHQUAKE, EVEN ON OF GODLYCREAITON, TO MOVE ALONG THE FREAKING WORLD. THE PLATE TECTONICS WOULD NOT ALLOW IT. STOP GIVING THIS LYING BASTARD CREDIT

    • brittany

      i totally agree with you….if you read in the bible it clearly says no one will know the year, day ,or hour not even the angels in heaven..only the father knows the time in which he will come. so all of you saying judgementday is may 21..im sorry but i dont agree with you..i love the lord and i believe him he said NO one will know but him…

      • Keats

        Be careful, the bible says we won't know the day or the hour. Period. Does not say we won't know the YEAR. I think it is highly likely many believers will recognize it within a years time. Probably within a weeks time etc. Day and hour. Stick with the facts.

        • AL

          If you know the "day" or "hour", then you'd know the "year". ;)

  • http://www.dannyhaszard.com Danny Haszard

    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….

    Watchtower society false prophets declare end of world in 1975

    http://www.dannyhaszard.com/1975.htm

    actual news releases on Armageddon 1975 prediction
    —–
    Danny Haszard been there!

  • http://www.dannyhaszard.com Danny Haszard

    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….

    —–
    Danny Haszard been there!

    • James

      Mr. Camping joins ranks with the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, dba Jehovah's Witnesses. Sad, very sad. Mayhaps The Lord has been gracious in keeping him to such an age to give time for repentance for his heretical doctrines. I speak in love, not in judgement.

  • gary

    Hello, I read the bible and especially the prophesy pertaining to the end times, first of all , there is no such thing as rapture. Rapture theory was introduced in the early 1800's by a women on her death bed [Margeret McDonald] having feverish dreams, and when she woke up she told the priests there with her, a dream in which she thought christians were being raptured by the LORD.
    The ministers wrote the information down and tried to confirm it with scripture, and that is how the rapture theory started. It is not biblecal, and rapture is not mentioned in the bible.
    Second of all, I don't understand why a man claiming to know the bible is proclaiming a rapture on May 21 2011. If you read your bible you know that the end times were laid out for us in Revalation,[If you can understand Revalation], We are in the 5th trump, which is a time of teaching, The bible tells us that at the 6th trump, satan will be cast out of heaven by the arch angel Michael, down here to earth, yes, saton will be here in person, claiming to be Jesus. Acording to Revalation, He will have 5 months to convert christians and sinners alike to his new church. If you are decieved by his tricks, you are doomed. The bible states clearly that Jesus Christ will not return untill the 7th trump, to defeat satans armys, at that time we are all transformed into our spiritual bodies and go to be with the Lord, christians and sinners alike. The lord does not come to rapture his people and then come back to defeat satan, He only comes once, as the bible clearly states.
    NO RAPTURE. After all this, we have a thousand years of teaching here on earth, then the judgement day and the lake of fire. This is all biblical, don't believe me, read it for your self.
    The 6th trump hasn't happened yet,and Jesus won't return untill the 7th trump, you figure it out.
    Harold doesn't even mention the trumps of Revalation. God told us how the end time would be, in Revalation, do you believe the bible or do you believe Harold.
    Don't be decieved by man, read your bible, then you will know God's truth.
    If anything does happen May 21, it might be satan being cast out of heaven, NO MAN KNOWES THE TIME

    • joe

      "Don't be deceived by man, read your bible, then you will know God's truth."

      Men wrote the Bible. Over thousands of years. We have been deceived by men.

  • May Times

    We all fall short of the glory of God and need a savior. We all need to cry to him now like Nineveh.
    If you look at these verses about "No One Knows" with the correct Greek tense, the No One Knows takes a dramatic change. We need to remember the Bible was translated to English from the original text.
    >Matthew 24:36 `And concerning that day and the hour no one hath known–not even the messengers of the heavens–except my Father only;
    >Mark 13:33 Take heed, watch and pray, for ye have not known when the time is.
    In the correct tense, both verses have a vast different meaning. No One Hath Known and Ye Have Not Known are future tense.
    Some also look to this verse to say Christ did not know ->> Mark 13:32 `And concerning that day and the hour no one hath known–not even the messengers who are in the heaven, not even the Son–except the Father.
    ***However, in the Greek “Son” is NOT capitalized.
    Also, Christ never stopped being God and all Christians know that,
    >Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
    >John 10:30 I and the Father are one.
    So what son is in view? Who else is called a son…? Satan is the son of perdition….
    John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
    2Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
    May God give us all mercy and wisdom.
    May212011.com

    • kivahut

      Can I just have sex with a priest, and get credit for that?

      • http://hotmail lori

        you are disgusting

    • Terrence Edghill

      Wait a minute First off Where does it say in scripture in God's word that May 21 is the day of Rapture or Judgement day? What version of the Bible are you reading? Also I noticed that you have 2 Thessalonians 2:3 but what about 4 that says that speaks of Satan himself being revealed and taking over the thrown of God to appear as God himself? Are you stating that this day May 21 is the day that the Anti-Christ will be revealed? I would love to know more info about this and will be viewing your website.

  • The Plummz

    I don't believe this for one minute, science won't allow it, the laws of physics won't allow it, and the bible won't allow it because according to Sir Isaac Newton, according to the bible the earth may end no sooner than 2060

  • Jim

    This man is an absolute idiot. The Bible says no man knows the time of the Tribulation and the end of the world. For this man to even pretend to prophecy this indicates only that he is a FALSE PROPHET! What an absolute fool.

  • Evan G

    Anyone who believes this crap should seriously consider sterilisation.

  • Kell490

    I can't wait until next Sunday when nothing happens except we see Mr Camping coming up with a stupid reason why it didn't happen. The real issue will be all the people that he convinced to spend there live savings to buy advertizing for him. The funny thing is Mr Camping is still asking for donations why would he need money if he is raptured.

  • Katsuya Jonouchi

    You are the false prophet come to deceive the world and even the elect if thou so could. Who doest thou think thou art? How dare you spill such blasphemy and such heretical statements? SHAME SHAME SHAME! Not even Jesus Christ The Holy Son Of GOD YHWH knows the day of judgement! Only GOD the father himself. Weakminded hear MY warning listen NOT to this man and if any man tell you he be Christ and he preach not the same Jesus in the bible and he cometh not in the Holy Spirit RUN FROM HIM!! Im sad to say but it seems to me the whole rapture idea is like the ultimate bate for weak minded people. When MY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST comes EVERY KNEE will bow and EVERY tounge confess he is LORD and ALL will know at once watch ye therefore for the signs from heaven according to the HOLY BIBLE for nobody knows the day of which i speak but GOD THE FATHER who art in heaven hallowed be his name.

  • Mayra

    It seems as if another group has entered the billboard wars in Camping's/Family Radio's back yard of Oakland, CA. They are disputing Camping's claims with a compelling message of "Jesus is already here." Here's the billboard photo:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62779138@N08/5708063636

  • Si09010

    I bet Atheist are gonna use this guy as a source when debating why ALL Christians are crazy delusional idiots.

    • http://www.jesus.com Jesus

      Its not necessary to use him as a source. You morons provide plenty of other examples of why ALL Christians are crazy delusional idiots.

  • george

    It seems as if another group has entered the billboard wars in Camping's/Family Radio's back yard of Oakland, CA. They are disputing Camping's claims with a compelling message of "Jesus is already here." Here's the billboard photo:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62779138@N08/57080636

  • divineEngineer

    Harold Camping and his interpretations of the bible are a farce. He cooked up the same BS story in 1994 and is doing it again this year.

    All the people who believe him need to seriously reconsider getting a REAL education at a COLLEGE (preferably science/math). You'd be doing this country a favor.

  • http://google.com Fulvio

    At this juncture it is very likely that Camping will line up with the rest of the dooms day voices that announced a specific Judgment date. If Camping was a true believer of the Word of God he would point others to Matthew 24: 14 where it says "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” That’s when the End will come. Not on May 21st 2011. It also says on Vs. 36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” Folks do not believe Camping’s false teaching. If not even the angels who are ministering day and night directly in the throne of God, who have the latest memos, directives and bullet points from God himself know the day or the hour that should tell us something. Harold Camping is nearing the end of his career and he has really nothing to lose. He will have to offer an apology, yet again, for a miscalculation and biblical misinterpretation the days following after May 21, 2011. It does not surprise us that this confusion is going about, because Christ himself warned of deceptions such as this in Matthew 24: 23-26. It is true, Christ will come again but not when Harold Camping says so, it is when God says. We must be prepared because death can come to us at any time and this will be the last opportunity we will have for salvation. However, death and the 2nd Coming of Christ are two distinct and separate events as we can see in John 21:21-23 when the disciples and Christ regarded it so. I pray that Camping would retract from his assertions and stop deceiving people with untruths and let someone else lead Family Radio. They have done so much good and there is so much more to do. May God bless you and may we be ready and prepared so that when that Great day does come, we may respond according to Isaiah 25:9… “And it will be said in that day: “ Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

  • Iseah

    Those who truly desire redemption out of genuine desire to repent will not ask the Lord for forgiveness but live out what was designed for those who are unfit to ascend.

    To ask the Lord for forgiveness for prior sins and forcing the Merciful to accept you is treason unto Heaven.

  • Adam

    Matthew 24:36-44
    36 "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark,39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left.41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left.42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

    Words of Jesus Himself. Your campaign is pathetic, goes against what Jesus said in this section, as well as many other sections in the gospels. Even Paul addressed this in his letters as well. Your "big" theological understanding of scripture is heretical and is only a campaign to get people in your churches so you can make money. You have absolutely no right in doing this, "scaring" people into "salvation!"

  • kivahut

    There had better not be a mullet exclusion clause in this rapture.
    I wonder if silicone implants will be left behind? That would be disappointing.

    • http://johnthomasdidymus.blogspot.com johnthomas didymus

      wow! that's a big heavenly legal issue you've raised kivahut–i am sure the angelic legal experts will be considering the legal-moral ramifications of silicone implants and taking a decision before Rapture!

  • Manamongst

    Why the hell is this a$$h0le still taking offerings at church?

    Ok…well I don't know if he is, but I'm pretty sure they haven't packed up the collection boxes…

  • Pastah Fagiolli

    This is pretty good stuff.

    Now won't everyone that subscribes to this nonsense feel really stopid on May 22nd?

  • alice

    i don't believe it. just like i don't believe in 12/21/12. everyone said we were going to die 6/6/06 and nothing happened. this is where i'd like to see earth and space scientists get into a heated debate with people from religion. they would both prove this fake wrong.

  • tymtrvlr

    I have read most of the Bible, studied Daniel, Matthew and Revelations in depth.
    My conclusion was clear to me, if I believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, worked at living a clean and honest life, then it does'nt matter to me when the Lord comes, as long as I can look him in the eye and honestly say " I did my best ". As long as my grandchildren are not harmed in any way during the upheaval, I accept my fate.

  • http://bit.ly/mEwwUe Dave Nettles

    With such an important message why not make the youtube video look professional? It is very easy and low cost.

  • javier

    Its not the first time HAROLD CAMPING predicts the end of the world. He wrote a book in 1992 titled "1994". Where he predicts raptured would occur September 16-17, 1994. As we all now nothing happened. When asked about this his response was "is was a miscalculation". http://continentalnews.net/christian-news/day-of-judgment-may-21-2011-harold-camping%E2%80%99s-latest-prediction-7808.html

    or a review on his book "1994" http://www.equip.org/articles/harold-camping-1994-

  • Erin

    It's people like this who make me sick. The ones that are happy when a natural disaster happens. The ones that smile when thousands of people die because it means "they are right and God is coming." Sorry guys but there have been terrible natural disasters since the earth was created. And people being evil just happening now? What about hitler and when we had slaves why wasn't it the end of the world then? There will always be people who do terrible things and the world will always gave natural disasters. If there is any sort of earthquake on this day it will be merely a coincidence. If these peolple really thought it was going to end they should give their money and houses away and live in a cave somewhere until it does. But they wont do that because they know they will need their money and houses after the 21st just like they needed them before it. Good try guys but not this time.

  • Terrence Edghill

    GET EDUCATED PEOPLE AND PRAY FOR WISDOM BEFORE YOU READ THIS SCRIPTURE: 2 THESSALONIANS 2:3,4

  • http://datamanos2.com Michael E. Brooks

    Contrary to the claims of certain overly-enthusiastic Christians, we don't and can't know when or even if Jesus will return in apocalyptic glory… but we can know generally when Jesus and the authors of the Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew and Luke) expected it to happen. Briefly put, Jesus and the very first generation of Christians believed and taught that the coming of the Son of Man and the end of the age would happen not thousands of years in their future but within the timeframe of their own generation. Two sets of parallel passages bear out this interpretation.

    Mark 8:38-9:1 – “Those who are ashamed of me of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

    Matthew 16:27-28 – “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

    Luke 9:26-27 – “Those who are ashamed of me and of my words, of them the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

    All three of the Synoptic Gospels reproduce this two-verse saying of Jesus to his disciples more or less word-for-word and in the same context (just after Peter’s confession of Christ and just before the Transfiguration). All three versions of the sayings start with the coming of the Son of Man in glory and conclude with Jesus telling his disciples, “Truly ('Amen' in the Greek)… there are some standing here who will not taste death until/before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power/the Son of man coming in his kingdom/the kingdom of God.” These variously-worded depictions of what the disciples who will not “taste death” will “see” equate the kingdom of God not with the Transfiguration or Jesus' resurrection but with the coming of the Son of Man in glory at the end of the age. The key point in these passages regarding Jesus’ belief in the imminence of this event is found in his words to his disciples, "There are some standing here who will not taste death…”

    The second set of parallel passages directly deal with the issue of “no one knows” and the imminence of the anticipated end:

    Mark 13:26-32 – “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

    Matthew 24:30-36 – “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But about that day no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

    Luke 21:27-33 – “Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

    In these parallel passages the coming of the Son of Man in glory, the culmination of the apocalyptic scenario, is an event whose imminence Jesus emphasizes with the words, “This generation will not pass away until all these things/all things have taken place.” After stressing the eternality of his words, in Mark and Matthew Jesus then adds, “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (interestingly and, in my opinion, significantly, Luke omits these following words). Jesus’ saying that “no one knows,” as can be seen here, is not said in a vacuum but in a very specific context, which is immediately after his telling the disciples that “this generation will not pass away until all these things/all things have taken place.” This is the immediate context in which we must interpret Jesus’ words about the unknowableness of the timing of “that day.” When he said that “no one knows” about its timing, he wasn’t extending the timing of “that day” indefinitely into the deep future; he was limiting it to an as yet unknown and unknowable moment within the time span of “this generation”… the generation of those whom he was addressing. This parallels what he said earlier in each of the Synoptic Gospels about how “some” who were hearing his words would “not taste death” until they saw the coming of the Son of Man in the kingdom of God. As I said above, Luke, who used Mark in writing his own Gospel, specifically omitted the “no one knows” statement from his own version of this saying; perhaps he considered that the timing of “that day” indeed could be known. But in Mark and Matthew, the context of this saying demonstrates that Jesus believed and taught his disciples on more than one occasion that the coming of the Son of Man, the exact timing of which was known only to the Father, was an event that would occur before some of them “tasted death” in the time span of “this generation.” The issue here is not whether or not this event “really happened” within that time span (obviously, it didn't) but is rather Jesus’ intent in saying what he did and the Evangelists’ intent in preserving and recording his words as they did. Neither Jesus nor the first generation of Christians believed that "the end" was going to come farther in their future than Abraham had lived in their past. To Jesus' disciples and to the readers of the Gospels in the first century, Jesus’ words could only have meant what they plainly meant in the context in which he said them: he considered those to whom he spoke to be “the terminal generation.”

  • Rupes

    I have just booked tickets to Las Vegas, for arrival there at midnight before the rapture. My calculations indicate that I can dispose of my life savings, and accrue several millions of dollars in debt within the 18 hours. I am assuming that the rapture will be operated in a fashion similar to network television, and the rapture will occur at 6 PM local time ( 5 Central).

  • Chris
  • http://doomsday.vonrikter.com vonrikter

    Might as well say 12:21:2012 is the final end of days. There are many end times scenarios.
    Pick one that suits you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8kd5t4Vabw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDR4oHj6n6A
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ntHmIqKetg

    You Decide.

  • Dave

    It always is amusing to me that there is a level of delusion that will cause one to be regarded as a crank even among people that purport to follow a Bronze Age text that features giants, a sea monster, beasts with multiple heads, and a talking snake.

  • Tony

    Ok, so apparently the end will come on Saturday at 6pm, but it doesn't explain if Judgement Day is recognizing Daylight Savings?!
    So, should I be planning an early dinner or not?!

  • Jon

    Camping speaks for Camping.

    This is what he believes.

    He's an idiot, but then there are idiots in this world, and they do tend to believe dumb things.

    It's silly to judge him by the standards of intelligence. He left smart a long time ago.

    Likewise it's silly to judge him by Christian teaching. He left that a long time ago too.

    I must admit I'm looking forward to his excuses on Sunday. Another technical correction etc.

  • SkepticOne

    So I'm going to send Mr. Camping a request for a check dated May 22, 2011.

    He should have no problem writing me one of those.

  • chase

    This is his interpretation of the bible. If he wants to throw his life away believing this then let him. Anyone remember 1994? Thumbs this up if you remember

  • m d x

    I wonder if Harold Camping has thought out the moral consequences of MISLEADING so many people. He is truly a sad reflection of todays societies dis-regaurd of what will benefit the greater good. See you all on the 22nd.

  • George Jettson

    wasnt this guy wrong in 1994? who the hell believes this?

  • George Jettson

    The sad part about all this is the children, what are they going to think when they wake up on may 22, and nothing has hit the world, everyones just going about their normal day, and even so, if something does happen, the children are going to be terrified, sick people like this guy should just be, not existing

  • malaKAZ

    Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth ; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

    GOD promised this to us!! I LOVE THE LORD!!

  • Demitreia

    Your so incredibly wrong .. That I actually kinda feel sorry for you. God forgives ALL sins ! Which pretty much shows half this is wrong. Also, NO ONE can say the day , year, hour , mins etc .. The world will end , no one but god himself . Which proves the rest of this to be rubbish .
    That is all..

  • qwyzl

    be funny if it did happen. i can just hear all the "christians" who get"left behind" now – "how come SHE got raptured and i didn't? surely "god" must know what a harlot she it"… "how come HE got raptured and i didn't? doesn't jesus know he's a crook AND he never returned my lawn mower, AND he still owes me twenty bucks from two years ago"… ah, yes… how the petty jealousies and hypocrisies will fly…. i almost wish it would happen just so i could sit back, relax, beer in hand, and watch them all talk ill about the ones who got raptured while i laugh my head off…. it would be PRICE less… at least it would make THIS heathen's impending trip to the eternal fiery pits of hell worth while…. it would help ease the torment at least!!! makes me warm all over just thinking about it. or is it the thought of the eternal flames of the fiery pits of hell makin' me feel warm…. i dunno. any way, happy end days!!!!

  • ddd

    beam me up scotty

  • http://merkaba.org Andrew

    This is a very special message from the one known as the Comforter in The End Times (John 14:16 and 14:26) to Harold Camping of Family Radio posted at http://merkaba.org/recent/052011.html

    Harold Camping, Today is May 20, 2011

    “The Comforter” would like to thank Harold Camping and his group for making people aware of the fact that the Rapture Energies are coming and soon there will be the Physical Body Ascensions of those who are ready.

    You are special people who stood up for God during the End Times. Thus, you still have time to get ready for a Physical Body Ascension and learn how to consciously work with the sun’s Rapture Energies so you are prepared to Ascend at anytime, from anywhere.

    We can teach you how to use Rapture Energies so you can be part of those who leave for the City of Gold in the prophesized Archangelic level Physical Body Ascension Process that will occur before December 21, 2012.

    These 3 steps enable one to begin training at home with Rapture Energies and to partake each week in our Sabbath’s guided visits to the City of Gold.

    · Step One: Free Techniques *
    · Step Two: A Two Day Meditator Class
    · Step three: A Two Day Activator Class

    * Daily usage of our free techniques and a liberal’s lifestyle of properly helping others in need, will enable one to become ready for an Angelic level Ascension on Judgment Day, December 21, 2012.

    Email Classes @ Merkaba.org for a calendar of our family’s Classes in your area of the world.

    • roger

      I am a Christian,a bible believer,in my own opinion the preacher whop predicted May 21 will be the end of the world should step down from the pulpit as a pastor, for today the world is still here and is already sunday in other countries.Please don't spread scare to the people,preach the good news instead.Is he smarter than Jesus who says only the Father knows when it will be.The Bible is the only basis of belief when end of times will come.

  • http://Mudrunners4wd@groups.facebook.com Daniel Langridge

    Why do we have people like this on earth that demoralize everyone else?? I read this shit and it scared the hell out of me i have anxiety problems which make it hard for me to live a normal day. Thinking this stuff makes it hard to get out of bed every morning. I have a son due to be born in August and all i look forward too is meeting him. If there is a god he wouldnt be so cruel to not allow me to meet him.
    Coz im definately going to hell. Anything i can do to get a foot in the pearly gates?

  • Luis Felipe De Siqueira

    There's no rapture because there's no god. If I predict the end of the world will people make me a millionaire too?

  • pijm

    it's 10:40pm here, may 21st. where's the rapture?

  • http://www.lifeinthescriptures.blogspot.com Bishop Dennis Campbell

    The early Christians soon learned they needed to trust God for the long haul, not a quick rapture. While we always live in hope, we, also need to have a "long haul" faith that leads us to do our daily tasks, such as parenting, earning a living,going to school, and doing works of kindness and friendship in a Godly way that is an example to all people. We should concentrate on these things, and we should plan on going to Heaven the old fashioned way, not by the rapture. We should also concentrate on daily holiness in prayer, Bible reading, and being active in a Biblical Church, for the Church Age continues until the Lord returns, and there are many churches that believe and teach the Bible.

    For help in daily Bible reading, I invite you to a pattern that has been followed by millions of Christians since the days of Christ and the Apostles. You can see it at http://www.lifeinthescriptures.blogspot.com

    Blessings,

    Bishop Dennis Campbell
    Anglican Orthodox Church

  • Dr. John

    How many of these dumb ass followers drained their bank accounts, ran up their credit cards, stopped paying their mortgages. Now my good hard earned tax dollars will have to go for their welfare programs. Freaking wackos.

    Why do Christians believe that their religion is the only belief. Get a life….Camping looks like he is ready to go and it wont because of the RAPTURE…it will because he is an old man and looks like he is one foot from the grave.

    He can kiss my ass!!!!

  • atheist

    I am dumbfounded that there are people living in 2011 who still live their lives according to a badly written, incoherent, illogical and inhumane script invented in the dark ages.
    Whether they believe in the rapture or not is of lesser significance.
    There is no evidence for the excistence of a god of any kind.

    I am just sad that evolution works on such a slow time-scale that it is likely to take thousands of years until the genes for religiosity are bred out of the human race.

    The world will be a much better and more peaceful place.

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