The deadline for Doomsday, as it is being claimed, is 6:00pm…the Day of Judgment. This is the claim being made by 89 year old Harold Camping, a former civil engineer, who is said to have built a small business empire in radio. Camping’s business has grown from a single station in San Francisco, USA, to more than 200 radio stations and a group of television stations. He is reputed to worth more than US$34 in investments, US$56 in assets and US$29 in mortgages
He used those resources according to a report in the New York Times, to buy billboard space across America and printed millions of pamphlets warning Americans and the world of the coming of doomsday, today.
Pastor Dave Nederhood, of Christian Reformed Church in Alameda, said he had met Mr. Camping on several occasions and had followed his radio broadcasts about the apocalypse closely.
“My concern is for the people that have bought into his lie and have sold their belongings, quit their jobs, left their churches and their families and now they are sitting at home listening to Family Radio and waiting for the end,” Mr. Nederhood said. “I’m terribly concerned.”
Although the Family Radio headquarters were mostly abandoned on Friday, the company’s flagship station — KEAR, 610 AM — continued to broadcast religious music, interspersed with sermons and biblically flavored life lessons.
The calculations used by Camping to arrive at May 21, 2011 as the judgment day is a complex formula involving the biblical flood survived by Noah; a 7,000-year clock ticking from that moment; and the subtraction of a year due to a difference between Old Testament and New Testament calendars.
The number 5 equals “atonement”, the number 10 equals “completeness”, and the number 17 equals “heaven”.
Christ hung on the cross on April 1, 33 AD. The time between April 1, 33 AD and April 1, 2011 is 1,978 years.
If 1,978 is multiplied by 365.2422 days (the number of days in a solar year), the result is 722,449.
The time between April 1 and May 21 is 51 days.
51 + 722,449 = 722,500.
(5 × 10 × 17)2 or (atonement × completeness × heaven)2 also equals 722,500.
Thus, Camping concludes that 5 × 10 × 17 is telling us a “story from the time Christ made payment for our sins until we’re completely saved.”
However, Camping’s math has proved to be flawed before. He also predicted the end of the world in 1994. But this time around, Mr. Camping said he was supremely confident. “We’re just a few days away,” he said on Monday.
So according to the Camping, all true Christians will be snatched away and rapturously transported to heaven. Everyone else will be left to suffer the prolonged agony of “tribulation” until the final destruction of the universe on October 21, 2011, five months later.
When predictions fail
According to a report in the British newspaper, the Guardian, there have been others who have claimed that the world will end on a specific date and failed.
In 1954 the authors gained access to members of a Michigan cult who believed that there would be a great flood on 21 December, destroying everyone except the true believers, who would be whisked to safety in a flying saucer. However when this failed to happen, instead of abandoning their beliefs and being disappointed, the members of the cult stuck to their beliefs even more strongly.
According to the Guardian, When a prophesy fails, a leader needs to save face, so he denies that he ever made the prediction or that he was misinterpreted. Or he could just say that the date has been postponed. In Camping’s case, for all the non -believers he has already postponed the date of ‘apocalypse’ to October 21, 2011.