CBS reports: “The founder of Family Radio in Oakland, Harold Camping – heard in 48 different languages around the globe – is behind the worldwide, multimillion dollar campaign letting people know that judgment day is coming on May 21, 2011.” I know to most of us this is just a big funny joke. But there are real people out there who believe this. They are actually in a bus convoy going across the United States to warn everyone that the world ends Saturday, May 21, 2011.
Remember the Hale-Bopp comet that passed through our brightly lite skies in 1997? The Heaven’s Gate cult believed it appearance was a signal for mass suicide. I think 39 of them did commit suicide. They said they were leaving their bodies to board a spaceship following the comet. They all had on new sneakers and were dressed alike. Maybe they did, we’ll never know. But I’m not holding my breathe. I hope they got new sneakers where ever they ended up.
So at least this proclamation doesn’t involve suicide. At least I don’t think it does. From what I’ve read its suppose to start at 6:00 PM in every time zone. So you’ve got several hours to get yourself ready. No need to pack a bag. Its the rapture after all. I say get up late Saturday and have a really nice brunch out somewhere. You can’t afford it? Use a credit card. The entire world will be thrown in chaos by 6:00 PM anyways.
I saw a story a couple of days ago that made me stop and think. It was a service that takes care of your pets for you once you are raptured on Saturday. I went to the website. It doesn’t cover just this Saturday’s rapture, but any rapture that happens in the next 10 years. So you don’t have to feel foolish for paying the $135.00 fee for you pet. If you have more than one pet its just another $20 for each additional pet. And you thought Atheist did care about you. See they’re thinking ahead. Thinking about things you probably haven’t even thought of.
So about 5:30 PM Saturday you might want to walk through your house, turn off the lights, make sure you have nothing in the oven or on the stove. Make sure your sprinklers aren’t set to go off anytime soon. After all, you don’t want to leave a big mess for those left behind.
I’ve got a couple of questions though. What about the Inca’s? I thought the world was ending December 21, 2012. I was kind of depending on that date. But after thinking about it, I know what happened. The Inca’s don’t have a direct line to God like good old Harold Camping. The Inca’s after all were heathens. So here we are caught with our pants down.
One last question – If this Harold Camping is a Christian and I assume that he proclaims to be. After all he is the founder of Family Radio in Oakland. Does he actually read his Bible. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Matthew 26:36 says “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” At least that’s what I’ve been taught.