May 21 is the Rapture

Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Thoughts | 12 comments

May 21 is Judgement Day. It’s been conclusively proven by Harold Camping using mathematics. That’s right, mathematics. In fact, anyone who disputes his word is obviously blinded to the truth of the bible.

But I have a few questions.

Firstly, when God descends to destroy the world, what will happen to the rest of the universe? I mean, we know that the universe is enormous, larger than we can imagine. We have proof that there are other galaxies and planets out there, and the possibility of other life, even the possibility of intelligent life. If there is intelligent life out there, what happens to them on Judgement Day? If they have never heard of Jesus, or have no concept of God, do they too get destroyed? When the bible was written, our only concept of the universe was a flat planet, where the earth was the centre of the universe, where stars were pinholes in the sky, and where disease was punishment or a test from God. What are the ramifications of our relatively newly found knowledge about the universe and the nature of life?

Secondly, what about all the other life on earth? There are a lot of animals on this planet that aren’t humans, and there is no doubt that they have no concept of God or Jesus. Do all these animals suffer during the days after the rapture? If not, do they take over the world?

Thirdly, do you find it odd that there have been many predictions of Judgement Day, and not one of them has ever been right? Wikipedia has a short list of recent Judgement day predictions:

  • 1914[57], 1918[58], 1925[59], 1942[60] and 1975[61] – Dates set for the end by the Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • 1981Chuck Smith predicted that Jesus would probably return by 1981.[62]
  • 1988 – Publication of 88 Reasons why the Rapture is in 1988, by Edgar C. Whisenant.
  • 1989 – Publication of The final shout: Rapture report 1989, by Edgar Whisenant. More predictions by this author appeared for 1992, 1995, and other years.
  • 1992 – Korean group “Mission for the Coming Days” predicted October 28, 1992 as the date for the rapture.[63]
  • 1993 – Seven years before the year 2000. The rapture would have to start to allow for seven years of the Tribulation before the Return in 2000. Multiple predictions.
  • 1994 – Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles predicted June 9, 1994.
  • 2060Sir Isaac Newton proposed, based upon his calculations using figures from the book of Daniel, that the Apocalypse could happen no earlier than 2060.[67][68]
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So far, none of these have been right. Or was I too busy on that day to notice?

Another thing, what about all those people who were born into another religion? If people were born into a Hindu, Islamic or Buddhist society, and were never exposed to Christianity, what happens to them? The fact that only a very small portion of Christians, mostly Americans, mostly white, believe that the Rapture is coming should be quite telling. You are not the centre of the universe, white God-fearing middle-America, so how does this even make sense?

What do they believe?

The current trend of Biblically fueled rapture-talk is the creation of Harold Camping, who also claimed that September 27, 1994 was to be the date of the Rapture. He wrote a book about it and sold it for $14.95 a copy through his radio network Family Radio. After September 27 came and went, he revised his date to some time in 2008. It is now April 27 2011, and Harold Camping currently has a book out called We are Almost There! To God be the Glory in which he predicts May 21 2011 as the date of the rapture, and October 21 as the “end of history”.

Heard it before?

I have written in the past about false prophets but this all seems too familiar. In the 1840s a man named William Miller predicted the end of the world, and preached it to his obscure sect of Christians known as the Millerites. He prophesied that October 22, 1844 was to be the day of the Rapture, but this day came and went as any other would. The people were shattered that they had not been swept up by God to heaven, and this came to be known as The Great Disappointment. The Millerites had sold everything they owned, and faced the bleak prospect of life after this false rapture with no possessions, no jobs, and being ridiculed by people for their false beliefs. The parallels between Harold Camping and William Miller should warn anyone about prophecies; they don’t work.

I point all this out not to ridicule the believers of the May 21st rapture. I write all this to point out that if you were just to think about the claims of Harold Camping, the fact that he is making money from you, the fact that this has happened before and will probably happen again, and the fact that, after this day has passed, you will be left as you are now, only with nothing. When you wake up on May 22, as you have every day of your lives, will you abandon your beliefs and rebuild your lives, will you seek out some other faith, or will you do something more drastic?

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  1. Actually, old Harold covered all bases. May 21, 2011, is the Rapture when either 144,000 dead xtians according to Jehovas Witnesses, or all dead xtians according to other catholic and protestant bibles are reassembled from their current dust/ash/waterymud state to ascend to meet gods in the heavens and start slaying all us atheists and other sinners. If you make it through that, five months later, on Oct. 21, 2011, they say god is gonna destroy the universe. Intelligent aliens who haven’t heard the “good” word are just outta luck! Harss? YHou bet, but this is the god who killed every living thing on earth with a flood — except Noah and his family and 2 of each kind of animal lucky enough to live in proximity to where Noah lived (l-u-c-k-y them) and, speaking of lucky, how about the spouses who chose Noah’s siblings to marry (whew, that was close!) Soooooo, the long story short, on May 21, you find a bunch of cars, rvs, boats and other goodies moving without drivers, go ahead and take ‘em cause the rapture has occurred. Then, when you get home, bend over and place your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye, cause you got until October cause if u are alive you won’t be able to find an xtian to ask forgiveness from — they will all me out fghting demons. You’ll have to fight yours on your own. C ya at the happening!!! on the 22nd.

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  2. Having been raised Adventist before losing the faith in my late teens, I first heard about the Millerites from an article by Martin Gardner, which enlightened me a bit about the Millerite split into the Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses, who have lately both been more careful about specifying a date for the End, now saying only that it is “soon.”

    But if according to the Witnesses, only a certain number of the Elect will be raptured, what’s the point of recruiting new members, after all, they’ll just bump the ones who convinced them to join out of line for ascension, a point which Witnesses oddly enough just don’t seem to “get” when it’s mentioned.

    Oh, wait…logic is for us baby-eating atheists, not sanctified children of gawd. My bad.

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  3. I’m not a Christian, but if I were, I would say that the antichrist is George W. Bush. He’s the one who started the war on terror which is, essentially, a world war. Seriously, how often has he said that America is going to take down Al Queda and terrorism wherever it exists in the world?

    Not only that, the Coalition of the Willing consisted of 30 countries, plus 15 who played smaller roles. In WWI, about 100 countries were involved to some extent. In WWII, about 50 were involved to some extent. Looks like a world war to me. Now if I were a true believer, I would be asking one very important question. Why hasn’t the Rapture happened?

    Supposedly, the Rapture occurs and then WWIII happens, yet the Christians are still here. This puts a serious hole in Christianity that I’m sure many aren’t willing to face.

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  4. WHY SO MANY QUESTIONS??? WHY DONT THEY LOOK THIS UP THEMSELF’S ..SO QUICK TO JUDGE AND PUT DOWN, ONLY IF THEY JUST TOOK THE TIME TO FIND THAT ALL THIS IS TRUE…WASTING TIME ON DEBATE WHEN ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS CHECK THIS INFO FROM THE BIBLE! ITS NO MAN’S JOB TO FORSE THE BIBLE ON NO ONE ,BUT DAMN WE ARE ALL ADLUTS AND GROWN-UP’S HERE, AND ITS NOT THAT HARD TO CHECK THIS OUT AND PROVE US WRONG,BUT WHEN THEY DO,THEY BRING THIS VERSE MATT.24:36..BUT KEEP READY TILL VERSE 51,THEN YOU WILL SEE WHO WONT KNOW..ITS THE EVIL SERVANT!!!

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    • I’m not in the habit of approving comments where the author doesn’t know how to switch off the caps-lock key, but in this case I’ll make an exception to see if anyone can make sense of this.

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  5. As a Catholic, I too laugh at these claims. If Camping knows his Bible, he’ll know that it says right in there that NOBODY will know when the second coming of Christ will be. That Protestant tendency to pick & choose the Scriptures that support their individual beliefs was one of the reasons I became Catholic.

    Ultimately, you can ignore these delusional rantings. For all the bad press that Christianity gets, I can personally testify that we’re not all nutjobs. Most of us are perfectly reasonable, rational people who simply happen to be convinced that Jesus loves us and who feel drawn to love him back. It’s a deeply intimate, personal & life-changing decision, and it pains me when the whole faith is mocked because of its fringe elements.

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    • You say an interesting thing…..you say that protestants choose the scriptures to use and not to use. The same is true of nearly 90% of all bibles. The King James tribunal to decide what scriptures to put in and what not to. This was man acting as gods word…and man is fallible. I am a believer….that nobody has it right. All christian based religions including the catholic church have abused and twisted the word of god to a point only to serve their own needs. This is not your fault. This started centuries ago. When a new group comes out with a new “translation” of the “truth” we should accept them to find out for themselves if it makes them better as a person. I am sure on May 22nd there will be alot of frowns and lost faith in those ways. Organized religion is only an emotional crutch to assist others and to give a purpose to ones self. If that makes you happy then by all means believe what you need to. I won’t stand in your way….just take the bill boards down, knocking on my door, infecting governent, education, etc. Take your beliefs and unless asked, keep them to yourself. Not interested.

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  6. Hey guys, I’m a currant Seventh-day Adventist minister in Houston, TX and I wanted to address a couple of things.

    Adventist are not like Jehovas Witnesses. We are not a sect.
    Seventh-day Adventist are a mainstream Christian church who believe in the trinity and accept Jesus as Lord. We have the Bible as our Gods book and source for truth.

    Troythulu has a lot of correct info. But the Millerites from the 1840’s didn’t believe that there was going to be a rapture in 1844, they believed that Jesus was going to come for the 2nd time, hence the selling and giving away of their earthly belongings. They didn’t believe in a Rapture, secret or not. The teaching/doctrine of a secret rapture is not biblical and has no foundation in The Bible. Also millerites weren’t considered a sect. There were 1 in 17 people that were prophesed millerites and that were waiting for Jesus to come in 1844

    It was a Great Disappointment as prophesied in Revelation 10. Sweet in the mouth and bitter in the stomach.

    Jesus says that no man knows the day nor the hour of the 2nd Coming.(coming not taking/rapturing to Him).

    Thanks!

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    • Thank you Gabriel for that comment! I am a young Seventh-day Adventist and was disturbed that people thought of our church as a “sect.” I agree with everything you said 100% and that no man on earth knows the day nor the hour of Christ’s returning.
      Thanks again!

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  7. As a Christian, I can’t understand why people practice date-setting. Matthew 24 is explicit that no one knows the day or hour except the Father in heaven. This is clearly in reference to the Rapture, and not the Second Coming, because two people are talked about in both Matthew 24:40-41, with one “taken” and the other “left.” It also talks about Christ coming like “a thief in the night,” which is clearly contrasted with Revelation, where “every eye will see Him.”

    So yeah, I don’t place any stock in what Camping is saying either, and hopefully my previous posts on your site have rendered me with a slight bit of credibility, even if it’s only as a well-spoken and somewhat reasonable individual (provided you disagree with my beliefs, of course). Finally something on which we agree. :-)

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  8. Did anyone see the picture of the controversial billboard that was recently put up by another spiritual group near Family Radio’s headquarters? It directly challenges them about May 21. Here is a picture of it:

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

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  9. Jehovas witness from Millerites? Thats news to me. JW, as far as I could tell, were simply formed so the leader could spend their money. Predicting the end days has always been a great moneymaker for JW leaders. Millerites were honestly mistaken as they ended up poor from that mistake. JW’s have had to back off from their date setting as they started losing too many members who could actually read.

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