NEW YORK– May 21, 2011 will mark the end of the world and the second coming of Christ, or at least that’s what some Christian groups believe.
For months, Christian network Family radio has trumpeted the coming of judgement day on more than 2,000 ads around world. The network’s president, 89-year-old Harold Camping claims to have calculated the apocalypse to an exact day: May 21, 2011.
Various interpretations have surfaced to support the claim.
The most prominent reference passages from the Bible that claim the end of the world begins exactly 7,000 years after the great flood, which, in the Book of Genesis occurred on the 17th day of the second month of the Jewish calendar.
In Genesis 7:4 God tells Noah:
“Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”
The great flood is said to have occurred in 4990 B.C. Seven thousand years later is May 21, 2011.
As for Camping, this is not the first of his ‘end of days’ predictions. ABC news reported Camping having predicted the apocalypse before: Sept. 6, 1994. But Camping had been “thrown off a correct calculation
In New York’s Times Square the faithful are wearing doomsday T-shirts, clutching bibles and passing out pamphlets with numerological proofs of the apocalypse. While the New York Times is featuring a front page article about a family who traveled to the city to spread the word.
The hosts of the popular television program, The View, weighed in on the predictions, joking and measuring their own place in the rapture.
The topic is trending on Twitter, asking individuals what they might do if the world ends Saturday.