What You Need to Know About the May 21 2011 Rapture

    May 20, 2011 at 7:00 am

    harold camping may 21 rapture apocalypseHarold Camping is the really old evangelical preacher who claims to have cracked a Bible code and discovered that The Rapture will begin on May 21st, 2011. Harold also claims that he’s not a preacher, that his ministry is not a ministry, and that his church is not a church, so y’know, he’s probably credible. Oh, and did I mention that Camping also predicted that The Rapture would begin on September 6, 1994? Yeah, he did that. You’re bound to get into a few “The Rapture Didn’t Happen After All” inspired conversations this weekend, so here’s what you need to know about Harold Camping and his May 21, 2011 Rapture prophecy:

    Who Is Harold Camping?

    harold camping may 21 apocalypse rapture prophecyHarold Camping is an evangelical radio broadcaster and president of Family Radio, an evangelical talk radio station broadcasting out of California. Don’t think for a second that some radio producer trusted Camping’s opinion enough to put him on the air. Camping started the religious radio station himself in 1958, and began hosting a weekly call-in show where listeners could call in with questions about Bible verses and Camping, a self-proclaimed Bible expert, would give them an answer that they would, for some reason, believe whole-heartedly. Harold kept the show running and slowly developed an avid following of evangelical listeners and gradually built toward his current reputation, as either a 90-year old coot or a modern day Noah.

    Harold’s Rapture Prophecies

    bible code key harold camping prophecy may 21 raptureIn the late 80’s, Camping separated himself from the Christian Reform Church, of which he had been a member for a long time, and started up a solo career. This is when it started to get a little wacky. Camping began claiming that he had deciphered a Bible code using mathematics and dates, and that he was 99% certain that The Rapture, the End of Days mentioned in the Bible, would begin on September 6, 1994. He self-published his findings and prophecies in a 1988 book entitled 1994?, and then (we can only assume) promptly headed into a fortified underground bunker to pray, count his book money, and wait for the Apocalypse. Unfortunately (for Harold, anyway), the world did not end on September 6, 1994, and Camping changed the date to May 21, 2011, claiming that he got some of his math wrong. Now, he claims, he’s 150% positive that The Rapture will begin on May 21st, 2011, and that the world will end five months later on October 21st, 2011. We should totally believe him too, because he’s only been wrong 100% of the time so far.

    Why May 21, 2011?

    harold camping prophecy may 21 rapture apocalypseHarold Camping claims to have discovered a mathematical Bible code that gave him the exact date of The Rapture (well, actually two dates). Harold created a confusing, highly speculative numerological argument as the foundation of his End o’ the World predictions. It’s convoluted and completely self-imposed, but it goes something like this: the numbers 5, 10, and 17 are important Biblical numbers. The number 5 represents atonement, according to a verse in the book of Exodus in which God tells people to give half (or .5) of a sheckel to the church to atone for their sins, hence 5 = atonement. The number 10 represents completeness in the Bible, because God imprisoned Satan for 1,000 years. Any math genius can tell you that 10 x 10 x 10 = 1,000, so you don’t even have to think about that leap in logic. It’s clearly sound. 10 is obviously important. As for the number 17, God told Jeremiah to purchase a field for 17 sheckels as an assurance that the Jews would occupy Jerusalem again one day, which Camping interprets as meaning that “God’s children will be called to Heaven.” Harold then put his Berkeley Civil Engineering degree to work and figured out that (5 x 10 x 17) x (5 x 10 x 17) = 722,500. Obviously, this means that 722,500 days after Jesus was crucified, Christ would return to begin The Rapture. Assuming that Jesus was crucified on April 1, 33AD (which is debatable in and of itself), that would make May 21, 2011 the beginning of The Rapture. It’s as clear as a vat of chocolate fudge in a foggy room on the dark side of the moon.

    What’s Going to Happen on May 21st?

    harold camping prophecy may 21 rapture apocalypseAccording to Harold, The Rapture is going to happen on May 21st. What’s The Rapture, you ask? It’s when Christ returns to Earth and takes his worthy followers back to Heaven with him (meaning they just disappear), and then the world completely falls to crap and eventually ends. Harold claims that on May 21, 3% of the world’s population (about 200 million people) will just vanish. They’re the good ones who get to go to Heaven and party with Jesus while the rest of us suffer through the end of the world. Then there’s going to be a gigantic earthquake in the Pacific Rim at around 6pm that will tear the world apart and literally open the graves of the dead. From there, everyone will begin to die and then the world will officially end on October 21st, after five months of suffering, pain, and death.

    So What Should You Do?

    harold camping prophecy may 21 rapture apocalypseEat, drink, relax, and be merry. Enjoy your weekend! And be sure to tune in to the news on Tuesday when Harold Camping announces that his math was wrong (yet again) and finally falls in line with a real prophetic truth: that the world will end on December 21, 2012 just like the Mayans (sort of) predicted.


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