By now, everyone’s heard of our impending doomsday. The leader of a California religious sect has proclaimed that the world will face “Judgment Day” on May 21, 2011 with billboards produced announcing, “The Bible Guarantees It” and “Christ Returns as Judge.”
The people behind this date, a broadcast ministry known as Family Radio located in Oakland, California, claim that since God warned Noah of global Judgment Day seven days before it happened, this also correlates to the next Judgment Day seven “days” (specifically millennia) later. The groups says the flood can be dated back to exactly 7,000 years ago from May 21. The leader, Harold Camping, is claiming one can know the date of the creation of the world just by using a convoluted set of numerological calculations. Through the calculations, he claims one can then extrapolate when the Bible “guarantees” the world’s end.
“The Bible has given us absolute proof that the year 2011 is the end of the world during the Day of Judgment, which will come on the last day of the Day of Judgment,” states Family Radio’s website.
Of course, this has caused a lot of controversy and public criticism. The Restored Church of God even responded with a press release discrediting Camping and his “Judgment Day” prediction. The press release confirms that there will be no end of the world:
“You can know with absolute certainty “the end of the world” will not arrive this year! Most who write about the Bible do not realize this Book interprets itself. The Author of this greatest of books would not leave the most crucial questions, those involving all humanity, subject to human interpretation.”
It goes on to state that most who read the Bible remain in near total ignorance of its meaning:
“They are completely unable to recognize the speed, sequence and timing of its prophecies. And this is on top of not truly comprehending what any of them means! So many just cannot untangle the maze of what happens when, as well as where and to whom—and why!” and goes on “For Christians, the Judgment Day question begins with what Jesus said about His Return: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man comes” (Matt. 25:13). If people were reading even such basic verses, they would never worry about May 21, 2011, because no one knows the day of Christ’s Return: “Of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father” (Mark 13:32). These verses preclude anyone setting a date for Christ’s Return being an authority.”
In the press release The Restored Church of God goes on to further confirm the authenticity of the doomsday date:
“Make no mistake: All the May 21, 2011 predictions come from a false prophet. Every Scripture this man cites—without exception—is twisted, mangled and butchered. The Bible warns of such “evil men and seducers” (II Tim. 3:13) specifically in our time, but like all of its other warnings, most do not heed.”
As we have previously reported, the idea of the end of the world has been a subject of speculation, ridicule, general discussion, fascination and fancy for 2,000 years—ever since Jesus Christ announced He would return. With opinions everywhere, there has been an explosion of material presenting popular scenarios, ideas, theories, suppositions and interpretations of what will occur just before Jesus’ Return.