Friday, January 8, 2010

The End Is Near . . . Or Is It?

It looks like the Mayans were wrong; the world will NOT end in 2012. It'll actually happen a year early.

In a recent San Francisco Chronicle article, biblical scholar Harold Camping claims that the Rapture will occur on May 21, 2011. Here's how he came up with the exact date:

The number 5, Camping concluded, equals "atonement." Ten is "completeness." Seventeen means "heaven." Camping patiently explained how he reached his conclusion for May 21, 2011.

"Christ hung on the cross April 1, 33 A.D.," he began. "Now go to April 1 of 2011 A.D., and that's 1,978 years."

Camping then multiplied 1,978 by 365.2422 days - the number of days in each solar year, not to be confused with a calendar year.

Next, Camping noted that April 1 to May 21 encompasses 51 days. Add 51 to the sum of previous multiplication total, and it equals 722,500.

Camping realized that (5 x 10 x 17) x (5 x 10 x 17) = 722,500.

Or put into words: (Atonement x Completeness x Heaven), squared.

In the words of Bill Cosby, "Rrriiiight."

Now if you're not an eschatology scholar this may seem convincing. However, here are a few things to keep in mind. First, the article says that Camping originally thought the Rapture was going to happen on September 6, 1994. Camping claims that he made a "mathematically error" the last time, and he's really got it figured out now. However, the book of Deuteronomy says if a prophet says something is going to happen and it doesn't happen, he shouldn't be trusted. So if Camping got his math wrong the last time, what makes you think he's got it right this time?

But most importantly, Jesus clearly says that no one except God knows when the world will end (Matthew 24:36). So do you really think God would plant some special code in His Word that a nerd with a calculator (and a lot of time on his hands) could figure out?

I might get left behind for saying this, but I don't think it's time to start putting together a "Welcome Back, Jesus" party just yet.


  1. What does the date of Christ dying have to do with the rapture?

  2. Aren't we supposed to be continually in a state of preparing for the "Welcome Back, Jesus" party?

  3. Alana--Actually, yes. What I meant was don't prepare the "Welcome Back, Jesus" party for any particular date, 'cause the Bible says He'll come back when we least expect it. Know what I mean?

  4. I believe it was John Wesley who said when asked about Christ's return and I paraphrase...
    I'd plant a tree... I live like He's coming back today but work for Him like He won't be coming back during my lifetime.

  5. Reconciled1--Actually I think it was Martin Luther.

  6. You may be right......I do like this too:
    “You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say” I know ML said that.

  7. Idiots have been claiming to know when Christ will return for thousands of years. Its nothing new, and every single one of them has been proven wrong. We'll never know, and I'm glad of that, because if I knew that He'd return tomorrow, what good would I do the world today?