Judgment Day 2011: Is Jesus coming to end the world on May 21st?

The Taiwanese prophecy about Doomsday 2011 being on May 11th has gone unfulfilled; however it’s now May 12th and today I’ve witnessed a freak small tornado and now an ominous thunder and lightning storm. It certainly feels like a foreboding or foreshadowing of evil things to come.

So I thought I’d take a moment to write about Harold Camping’s prediction that the End of Days will begin on May 21st, 2011, which is sweeping across some parts of America and getting a lot of media coverage.

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Armageddon 5/21/2011?

Harold Camping is an 89-year old Christian radio broadcaster from Oakland, CA, who has figured out a special way to read the Bible and unlock its hidden prophecies. Here’s the math and logic he used to get the May 21st 2011 date:

  1. God told Noah that he had seven days left until the flood. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. Genesis 7:4
  2. God also said that 1000 years is like a day to him. Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:6-8

So, if we take God in Genesis 7:4 to be talking about the destruction of the world at the end of times, rather than, as seems more likely, the actual flood that was really coming to destroy the world in Noah’s time, and replace the 7 days with 7,000 years, and if the flood of Noah’s day happened in the year 4990BC (as Camping claims based on his updated “Biblical calendar of the Bible”, which starts with creation at 11,013BC,) then the Judgement Day, the Apocalypse, will happen sometime in 2011. I don’t know how he got to May 21st from there though.

Harold Camping originally used his mathematical system to predict the End of the World on Sept. 6, 1994. His followers gathered in their Sunday Best to greet Jesus. When nothing happened, Camping admitted he might have calculated wrong.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s Jesus!

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Part of Camping’s prophecy is that May 21st 2011 will be the day that Jesus comes back, and that all the Christians will disappear into heavenly “rapture”, leaving their clothes behind them as featured in the “Left Behind” series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

Everybody who wasn’t saved will be Left Behind to suffer torment and ruin as the world basically goes to hell, until October 21st, 2011, when we’ll all be totally dead. (Actually the biblical passage used for this part talks about ‘having no mind’, maybe just no longer being conscious. This sounds way better to me than the typical ‘burn in hell forever’ scenario.)

What I think about all this: Total Rubbish! Jesus says over and over again in the New Testament how he will come again within one generation, like a thief in the night. He taught the “kingdom of God is inside you.” (My take on Jesus’ teachings is an esoteric spirituality of self-fulfillment descended from mystery cult practices.) The Book of Revelations is badly written propaganda literature of scathing racial hatred, by some angry little man who didn’t like women, government or humanity.

Moreover, the idea of a “Great Conflagration” (ekpyrosis) – when the world would be destroyed by fire – came from pre-Socratic philosophers like Heraclitus (c. 535–475 B.C.E.). The Stoics later identified this purgative fire with God, who would subsequently recreate the world from the condensation of the elements (air, water, earth, and fire). So the entire idea of an “apocalypse” is completely anti-Christian, or at least anti-Jesus.

But that’s just a literary reading. On the other hand, if Jesus was an alien and 2011/2012 is when the orbit of Planet X or Nibiru passes close enough to earth to allow alien visitors to descend, as they have at various times in the past, maybe Jesus will come down with him. It is infinitely more rational to accept a speculative theory of a visiting alien race than to believe that a super-celestial Jesus will come down from heaven (with swords coming out of his eyes no less) and take up all the good Christians into heaven.

What to do if you’re Left Behind?

That doesn’t mean, unfortunately, that humanity has a long and pleasant future before us. In fact I think the biggest threat facing the modern world is the religious belief that “God is Coming to End the World Anyway” so we don’t have to think about the next 1000 or even the next 10 years. This negligence has allowed corporations to wreak havoc with no limitations and create a non-sustainable consumptionist economy that has lit a very short fuse under our ecological stability.

Call it Divine Intervention, Global Warming, Alien Attack or what you will – the scary truth is the world is already on the brink of destruction, and very soon we will be facing worldwide challenges of food and water shortage, overpopulation, economic devastation, a lack of oil, not to mention the mysterious and shocking frequency and intensity of earthquakes, storms, tornadoes and more. All of these will bring about war, famine, disease and the other goodies prophesied in the Bible. And once May 21st 2011 comes and goes, as it inevitably will, and disappointed Christians face another normal day of making ends meet, going to work, and cleaning up the house, they will probably continue to believe that they will be snatched up into heaven before the shit hits the fan. So they’ll drive their SUVS, drink bottled water, buy iPads with credit cards rather than saving for their kids’ education, and pray to God not to let any of the consequences of their actions catch up with them.

The truth is, we don’t need God or Jesus to come down and destroy the world – we are doing it very successfully by ourselves. Maybe instead of religions that convince us to ignore real world problems and expect divine intervention, we ought to be investing our time, resources, support and money into solutions to avoid the apocalypse we are creating and take responsibility for the consequences of our own lives.

However – if on May 21st a bunch of people do disappear, then you know you’ve got six months to get your shit together, accept Jesus as your Lord, ask God for Forgiveness, and try to weasel your way into heaven.

Unless you’re like me, and you think that this kind of God warrants rebellion rather than praise. If it does happen, then “Jesus” and “God” will appear more as invading aliens than anything else. Certainly they won’t be here for our benefit. The AntiChrist will lead humanity, united together into one army, in a war against God’s angels, who will come down and burn, rape and pillage. If it happens, whose side will you be on? Will Smith in Independence Day, finding a way to stop the invasion against all odds? Or will you meekly cower, scramble and beg under their powerful display of technological superiority?

  • Lilmzunperfect

     but i just added the 4990B.C and 7000 and got 2010….-_- its a year off….-___-. Heres what I did: if you take the 4990 and think of it as a negative number then add the 7000 you get 2010…NOT 2011….this really is HOLY BLASPHEMY!!!!!

    • http://www.holyblasphemy.net Derek Murphy

      You’ve got to add a year for zero. 🙂

    • D. RICHARD PAUL

      Dear Lilmzunperfect
      It is not the question of adding a year and so on to know the coming of Jesus. In fact there are two types of coming of Jesus that is expected which has not been fulfilled yet.  Well the first coming is in fact not coming but only appearing amidst the clouds and picking up the righteous those who trusted in Him but have not seen Jesus at all.  This is termed as the Rapture. which Jesus Himself has said i Mathew 24:30/Rev 1:7/I Thesolonians 4:14-18.
      Here Jesus will not come to the earth but only pick up the righteous as explained in the I Thesolonians 4:14-18.  
      The second coming of Jesus is called the Judgement day or the Day of the Lord when He is to come to Judge the world and cast Satan, the the unbelivers of Jesus and all sinners into the Lake of fire. (Rev 20:13-15)  Jesus Himself has also explained about his second coming in the Mathew 25:31 when He will descend in a white throne to judge the earth.  Please not the difference in the case of Rapture mentioned by Jesus in Mathew 24:30 where He will not descend to the earth.  But in His second coming He will descend to the earth on a white throne.
      The Bible clearly states that the day of rapture is not known to anybody not even the angels and even Jesus Himself except the Father God.(Mark 13:32).
      But the second coming of Jesus can be calculated for there is no bar on it.  The Bible also gives the clue to calculate the second coming of Jesus in Daniel 9:25.  It says that From the date of passing of the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem till the coming of Jesus the Mesaiah is equal to 7 weeks and 62 weeks.  In the first coming of Jesus the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem was passed in the year BC 588 by King Cyrus after the Jews had completed 70 years of slavery in Babylon (Ezra 1: 1-3). After passing this commandment by King Cyrus 533 years thereafter Jesus the Messiah was born in the year BC 5.  Therefore the in between period from the passing of the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem and the Birth of Jesus is 533 years.  Applying this same formula now we can calculate the second coming of Jesus or the Judgement daiy.  Israel was under the slavery of various dynasties and filnally under the British rule in 1917.  However the order granting Israel as a seperate nation and granting independence to nation was done in the year 1948 AD by the British Kingdom which passed the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem as done by King Cyrus earlier.  So applying the same formula 1948+533=2481AD.  Therefore the second coming of Jesus and the Judgement day will be AD 2481.
      The next issue to be considered is how does this 533 will be equial to 7weeks and 62 weeks.  To solve this puzzle we have to write 7weeks and 62 weeks as 762 and the multiply it by 7 to convert into days.  762 x 7 = 533 4 Days.  The days are to betaken as 533 years and 4 months. There fore the second coming of Jesus is on AD 2481.  This same day will be the day of Judgement.  Next after the world is judged the unrighteous and the Lucifer the satan will be cast into the Lake of fire (Rev 20 13-15. From where will this lake of fire come.  The Bible says in II Peter 3: 6,7  that this present earth will be destroyed by fire and then converted into the lake of fire where Lucifer and all unrighteous will be destroyed there for ever and ever.  All the righteous will inherit the new earth (Rev 21:1&2).  This will be the global end in AD 2481.  So the time is veryi short that we should aim to be picked up in His rapture which is a wonderful Blessings.  So we should abstain from Sin Seek the pardon from Jesus and at last walk in His way through out  Then we will be picked up on the day of rapture and travel with Jesus to the Heaven and live with Him for ever and ever. Let us change unto the lord and be His servant.            

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OILAOJU4ETN76YC3GL6HADMK3A Tijuana Clark

    Harold Camping needs to retire.  Jesus will come back when he’s ready to come back.  None of us will see it coming; we just need to be ready.

    • Lilmzunperfect

      i agree!!!! 

    • http://www.holyblasphemy.net Derek Murphy

      Thanks for your comments – I agree, if it happens we probably won’t know when. Although I’m still committed to stopping the apocalypse rather than waiting for it.

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  • Baron

    I think the rapture already took place but only ten or twenty people were taken up. With only that many it might very well go unnoticed  particularly if taken from a mix of different countries and not just from Australia. Just my thoughts.

    Peace guys,
    Baron

    • D.RICHARD PAUL

      No. The rapture has not yet taken place for it is said in Rev 1:7 that “all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him”  When Jesus appears amidst the clouds those who didnot accept Jesus as their personal Saviour and who did not have faith on him will wail seeing that Jesus is the true Lord and God.  Only the time the rapture is unknown (Mark 13:52).  But His appearance will be visible by the whole world . 

  • D.RICHARD PAUL

    The Bible has very clearly explained the method of calculation of the year of Judgement.  Mahew 24:30 explains about the Rapture of Jesus Christ which may occur at any moment and the exact day cannot be calculated as it is known only to God the Father.The process of rapture is mentioned in I Thesolonians 4:11-17 & Revelation 1:7.  But the second coming of Jesus which is the day of Judgement and also the Global End (Mathew 24:3) is mentioned in Mathew 25:31 & Rev 20:11). On the day of Jesus second coming He will descend from Heaven in seated in a white throne which will be a dark day as the sun will not give forth light.  The world will be judged based on their deeds and the unrighteous will be casted into a lake of fire.(Rev 20:14.  Jesus by His word destroy this world by fire and this earth will become into the lake of fire where the unrighteous will be casted (II Peter 3:6&7).  The year of Global end can be calculated on the verse of Daniel 9:25. in which it is said that from the year of Proclamation to rebuild Jerusalem to the coming of Mesaiah is eaual to 7weeks and 62 weeks. King Cyrus had passedc the proclamation to rebuild Jerusalem in the year BC 538.  Jesus was born in the year AD 5.  The in between period is 533 years.  Similarly the Britishers have now passed the same proclamation to rebuild Jerusalem by declaring Israel as an independant Nation in the year 1948.  Therefore the second coming of Jesus or the day of Judgement of the day of Global end will fall on the year 1948 + 533 = AD 2481.  But since the day of rapture willl be before that we must prepare ourselves by trusting in Jesus and be saved.  Let those who have ears listen to this word of God.     

    • http://www.holyblasphemy.net Derek Murphy

      It is interesting how you leap from pointing out that the Bible clearly says over and over that no-one knows the time of the end, and also ignore that Jesus was careful to state that it would happen within 1 generation, and then go ahead and offer a precise calculation. That being said, EVEN if you’re right and Jesus is coming back to torment all of humanity with plagues, boils, disease and famine until we’re so weak and sick that we give in and accept him as savior – when we are forced to either accept the mark of God on our foreheads or be cast into a pit of burning sulfur, even then I would argue that the ONLY MORAL COURSE OF ACTION would be to refuse the tyrannous demands and fight back however we are able. Unfortunately for both of us we won’t be around in 2481 to see if you’re right, otherwise I would challenge you to a big financial bet.

      • D.RICHARD PAUL

        The Bible describes two major future happenings.  Jesus has vividly explained in Mathew 24:30 about the rapture the date and time of which cannot be known except by God the Father (Mark 13:32).  This rapture will have to be met not only by those who are liviing but even those who have lived a holy life and are resting and also those who have sinned and whose souls are in the hades for the Bible says in Rev 1:7  that even those who pierced Jesus will see Him.  So not only those who are living on the day of rapture also will see him.  But the saved will joyfully join Him ton Heaven but the ones who sinned and are living and the souls of those who died and are in the Hades will then come to understand that Jesus is the true Lord and they will wail and cry to Jesus to pick them also but it will be in vain.
        The second description of Jesus in Mathew 25:31 is the second coming of Jesus to Judge the world and put an end to unrighteous because inspite of them seeing Jesus face to face they have not accepted Jesus as their personal saviour and repented. They will be cast into the lake of fire which Jesus will prepare by his word by destroying this world and converting it so.  A New Heaven and earth will be created by Jesus in which the redeemed on the judgement day will inherit. (Rev 21:1&2).
        One important factor is to be understood that each and every person must understand that we may not exist physically But we must meet the Lords judgement either on the day of Rapture or on the day of judgement for it is the soul that is everlasting.  So the financial bet will be of no use for if I desire to have your financial bet it will not carry me to be with the Lord but I will have go to the lake of fire.  More than wealth and money the word of God is more precious and will lead each one of us to joyful eternity.  So be prepared to meet the Lord not on His Second coming but on the day of rapture for those who belive in Him inspite of not seeing Him face to face are more blessed than those who see Him.            

  • http://www.endphysics.com/ M Khan

    If you think that you will die and that is the end of it then wait till you read this. You will be surprised to learn that the religious contention that man will rise from the grave is not just a myth or wishful thinking but is based on real scientific principles.  Rising up from the grave and coming back alive can happen simply with the reversal of time. The world (but not the universe) can end because of earthquake, tsunami, meteor strike, nuclear war, supernova, and some other natural or man made disaster. These are however just local ends that have nothing to do with The Day of Judgment. End will also not happen on any arbitrary date like December 2012. The end of the universe is an entirely different phenomenon that is built into the laws of the universe by the creator. The contraction of the universe with reversal of time and gravity will commence the beginning of the end which will last for thousands and possibly millions of years. We will be removed from the regressing effects of reversed time as we come back alive in our own time. We will the be taken across many dimensions to beyond this universe. A beautiful natural mechanism that is based on the laws of physics will cause all that to happen. This real end has nothing to do with wishful thinking and predictions of priests or shamans.

  • Richardson Martha

    you know i have read many different things bible to planet x,and i was raised to believe in god and christ,but now i’m not so sure what i believe. for jesus to really return in the fleshor the anti-christ in our time, i believe there will be a alien intervention of some sort, i have asked myself many times how will jesus or the anti-christ appear to us,they wiil appear to us as aliens,good or bad, aliens are angels,we all are children of god the almighty,the master  of all of creation, it is what in in our hearts if we are good or bad. were would we be if we didn’t have jesus or lucifer in our lives,we wouldn’t know the difference between good and evil, we would be in a state of innocence. just for the sake of thought only,no disrepect intended, but what if lucifer fooled the world into believing he was god, used the bible as his tool to decieve and most of the world fell for it,while the real god sat back watching everything ?,i believe that we will know in our hearts who is the true god. one thing that keeps my belief alive is that we orbit a star, and yet we have a perfect enviroment, air,water, food, and to our knowledge there is no other planet we could survive and until we learn to live in harmony with the universe,we will not be allowed to travel to the stars.

    • D RICHARD PAUL

      Dear Mr Richardson
      we are accustomed to think of things that are in flesh for when we live in this world we are in the form flesh. out eyes of flesh can see only forms of flesh. But there is what is called as the soul which is everlasting and has no end. This spirit form is only for human and not for animals. This soul comes from the Lord and is that of the Lord’s. So even after our death the soul finds a place either the Heaven or in the hell depending upon our deeds when we are in flesh. The word death itself means only to the death of the soul which qualifies itself to the end of Lake of fire. Every man born dead in their soul because of the sin of Adam and of that of the curse descends from anscestors and their sins. The Bible calls as the “First Death”. If a man born in first death continues to live a life of sin until the end of his life he will be casted to the hell after he dies in flesh and he will await in the hell for the day of judgement untill he is judged and casted to the lake of fire which is the second of death. But if a man who is born with the first death trusts and accepts Jesus as his personal saviour after his repentance then he is resurrected in Christ and after he dies in body his soul rests and awaits for the day of rapture when Jesus will appear amidst the clouds the angels will pick him up and take him to Heaven to live for ever I Thesolonians 4:14-18. I hope you are now clarified if not do put forth your questions I will reply you