May 21, 2011: The end of the world?

By Elizabeth Tenety Wondering why “May 21, 2011″ is a top Google search term today? May 21, 2011 is the … Continued

By Elizabeth Tenety

Wondering why “May 21, 2011″ is a top Google search term today?

May 21, 2011 is the day that Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping has calculated to be the biblically-determined date of the rapture. Forget about Armageddon in 2012, according to Mr. Camping, we’re not going to make it past 2011.

The sudden surge in Google searches for the term is likely related to news that an unemployed woman in Colorado has paid $1,200 for a series of ads to be placed at bus stops warning of the impending end of the world. The “Save the Date! Return of Christ: May 21, 2011,” ad also has a link to wecanknow.com, Family Radio’s End Times Web site.

Want to check Mr. Camping’s calculations? From a January 2010 SFGate.com profile of the radio evangelist, here’s how he crunched the numbers:

The number 5, . . . 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.
“Five times 10 times 17 is telling you a story,” Camping said. “It’s the story from the time Christ made payment for your sins until you’re completely saved.
“I tell ya, I just about fell off my chair when I realized that,” Camping said.

What do you make of religious determinations of end times? Do 2012 predictions worry you? Does Camping’s case compel you? Or are you more worried about crunching the numbers on our national debt than divining the date of the end of the world?

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  • kat456

    PLEASE EVERYONE FORGET WHAT U HAVE BEEN TAUGHT IN THE CHURCHES, THERE IS NO SALVATION THERE!! http://WWW.FAMILYRADIO.COM PROVIDES ALL THE FREE BIBLICAL MATERIALS ALL OF THIS IS PROVIDED FROM THE KING JAMES BIBLE, ONLY, NO PASTOR, OR PREACHER OR SOME MAN THINKING!!ALSO U CAN CALL IN FREE TIMES VARY ON YOUR TIME ZONE, HAROLD CAMPING WILL ANSWER ANY QUESTION U MAY HAVE AND WILL ANSWER ONLY FROM THE KING JAMES BIBLE.

  • kat456

    1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren,are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

  • Rapture2011

    Mt 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

  • JudgmentDay2011

    There’s absolutely no doubt at all in my mind whether this will happen. It WILL happen, the Bible assures us of this fact. Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.In our present day, God has opened up His Word (the Bible) to reveal a great deal of truth concerning the end of time (and many other teachings). Also, in the same chapter of Daniel, it says:Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Revelation 3:7 …These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; Check out: http://www.ebiblefellowship.com for more infoBy God’s grace and tremendous mercy, He is giving us advanced warning as to what He is about to do. On Judgment Day, May 21st, 2011, this 5-month period of horrible torment will begin for all the inhabitants of the earth. It will be on May 21st that God will raise up all the dead that have ever died from their graves. Earthquakes will ravage the whole world as the earth will no longer conceal its dead (Isaiah 26:21). CRY FOR MERCY!

  • calvary

    Prayers will NOT be heard after MAY 21, 2011! Joel1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD [is] at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

  • calvary

    Hebrew 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

  • 86510

    To God be the only Glory.

  • WiseMansHeart

    How could serious people study the Bible for 2,000 years and not see this date of Sat May 21, 2011 before now? God had said He would keep such information secret, until the time of the End [see Daniel 12:4 and 9, Rev 5]. The last 2,000 years since Christ was here, was a time when God wanted

  • tol2772

    Time is not on our side. We have barely 9 months before May 21, 2011, that great and awful Rapture and Judgment Day comes. Proofs had been laid down in this following sites, http://www.familyradio.com, http://www.ebiblefellowship.com, http://www.wecanknow.com. Better check them out. It’s not our business to convince people to believe, that’s Gods business. We are only here to proclaim what the bible is saying. Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

  • calvary

    We have been convicted to spread the message. May 21,211 is Judgement Day.Is 48:6 “Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.”

  • NotaDemonstration

    (Luke 21:29-32) And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.(Matthew 24:33, 34) So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.Notice that there’s no indication in these verses, that a date will be known. God specifically indicates that when we see “these things” come to pass, then we CAN know…can know what? A date? May 21, 2011? No, that the end is near and at the doors.

  • calvary

    to tom and american with a brain, read the KJV of the bible with a sincere prayer that God will open your eyes to truth. Does money, murder, slaughter of innocence that this world holds seem so appealing that it should go on? American? You want money? Seek wisdom or are you afraid of the truth? Don’t take man’s word for what we say. Go to;Isaiah 55:1-3 (King James Version)Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.2Wherefore do ye spend money for that whic…h is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.3Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

  • 05-21-2011

    May 21, 2011 Judgment Day! comes only out of the Bible alone and not from the mind of any man. Harold Camping of Family Radio is a spokesman for many who have been studying this information for many years now, each sharing, forwarding their findings to each other and to the world via many media types. Harold Camping has produced multiple free books and materials outlining these observations for all the world to critique and understand. The Biblical timeline of history revealed by God through the Bible, shows without any doubt that the Bible has been miraculously breathed directly from the mouth of God as he declared in 2Peter 1:21, and that all of time has been predetermined by His sovereign will Ecc 3:1. The proofs observed regarding the Biblical timeline of history declare it’s complete accuracy, that indeed God is behind this information and that May 21, 2011 is authentic. Information regarding this information can be obtained from multiple websites: http://www.familyradio.com, http://www.ebiblefellowship.com, http://www.wecanknow.com, graphical observations at

  • NotaDemonstration

    To CALVARY: See my post above tom and american with a brain. I’ve studied the KJV Bible and have seen how God’s word does not support Harold Camping’s teaching that we can know a date. In fact, the scriptures indicate just the opposite:(Acts 1:7) And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.(Mattthrew 24:36) But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.(Mark 13:32, 33) But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.For those who believe these verses are not saying what they are saying, do a Google search for “Mediatorial Union” and click on the second result. It’s a very informative article by Arthur W. Pink that explains the two separate and distinct natures within Christ’s Person. One divine and one human.

  • WiseMansHeart

    @Americanwithabrain; Your comment is not new to me, I have heard this request over and over again. First of all, the only things that will be valuable on May 22 2011 are water, food, and medical supplies, perhaps weapons too, to protect your ‘valuable’ stuff from others, any who have survived the horrendous earthquake, and are trying to live amongst the rubble and rotting corpses everyone. The Bible is the source of the information that leads us to the knowledge of the date of Christ’s return. ANy action we take, to try to ‘prove’ to anyone that we believe, is a waste of time. For there is No action that I can take to make you believe the Bible. Only Holy God Himself, can give you a new, believing heart.

  • NotaDemonstration

    The problem with Harold Camping’s teaching, is that his foundation is not the Bible alone. It’s the Bible plus 365.2422, which is the precise number of days in a solar year. This number did not come from the Bible, it came from a secular source. Mr. Camping teaches that we can’t add anything to the Bible, and yet he doesn’t practice what he preaches.(Revelation 22:18) For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

  • 05-21-2011

    May 21, 2011 Judgment Day! comes only out of the Bible alone and not from the mind of any man. Harold Camping of Family Radio is a spokesman for many who have been studying this information for many years now, each sharing, forwarding their findings to each other and to the world via many media types. Harold Camping has produced multiple free books and materials outlining these observations for all the world to critique and understand. The Biblical timeline of history revealed by God through the Bible, shows without any doubt that the Bible has been miraculously breathed directly from the mouth of God as he declared in 2Peter 1:21, and that all of time has been predetermined by His sovereign will Ecc 3:1. The proofs observed regarding the Biblical timeline of history declare it’s complete accuracy, that indeed God is behind this information and that May 21, 2011 is authentic.

  • WitnessoftheTruth

    What is the Biblical pattern of Judgment? 1) Eternal God, The Lord Jesus Christ, plans a Day of Judgment. ie. Nochian Flood (4,990 BC), Sodom & Gomorrah (2068 BC)2) The Lord REVEALS the time of destruction to His Messengers.This exact sequence has occured at least 3 times: Nochain Flood, Sodom & Gomorrah, and Ninevah. Today, the Messengers were GIVEN the Appointed Day, from the Lord opening our understanding to His Holy Word (Luke 24:45): May 21, 2011The Messengers are warning the people. Most of the people are mocking and scoffing, soime on this very thread. We are now waiting for #’s 5 and 6. Number 5 will occur, the Rapture, just prior to the start of the destruction, on May 21, 2011.Number 6 is a process. It begins on May 21, 2011, and ends on Oct 21, 2011. It begins with a massive, world wide earthquake, unlike this world have ever seen before (Rev 16:18). It will topple every city on earth. This is day 1, of the 153 day Judgment Period. On the Last Day, October 21, 2011, the Lord will melt this earth (II Peter 3:10). Mankind will be destoyed without a trace, or memory. Total Annihilation. May 21, 2011 is 42 weeks away. Your options? Read your Bible, and pray for mercy. Perhaps you too will be Raptured. The Probability of this happening: 100%. Eternal God,The Lord Jesus Christ, The King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, The Alpha and Omega, The Beginning and The End, The First and The Last (Rev 22:13), NEVER fails. Judgment Day: May 21, 2011-Oct 21, 2011

  • NotaDemonstration

    Harold Camping does not preach the gospel of Christ anymore. He now says Christ’s death on the Cross is not the atonement and that the atonement really happened before the foundation of the world. This is not the gospel that the apostles preached. They preached Christ crucified and risen on the third day. The Bible warns against preaching another gospel:(1 Corinthians 2:1-5) And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.(1 Corinthians 1:17, 18) For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.(Romans 1:16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.(Galatians 1:6-9) I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.(1 Corinthians 15:1-8) Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.Mr. Camping no longer preaches the gospel of Christ that the apostles preached and has proven himself to be a false prophet.

  • Tom_Woolf

    What a bunch of malarkey (will apologies to all malarkeys for the comparison).Let’s see what all of these “he’s right – the world will end on May 21st!” will be writing on the 22nd.

  • WitnessoftheTruth

    Many people who grew up in the churches, are unprepared to learn the world is about to come to an end in 9+ months. Their trust is in their church, and in the teachings they have grown up with over the years, and NOT in the Bible alone. We know from several verses in the Bible, that the Lord had HIDDEN End-Time information in the Bible. For example:Daniel 12:4 “But thou, O Daniel, SHUT UP THE WORDS, AND SEAL THE BOOK, EVEN TO THE TIME OF THE END: many shall run to and fro, and KNOWLEDGE SHALL BE INCREASED.”We read in Revelation 5-8:1, that the Lord removed the 7 seals from the Bible. Because these seals are OFF the Bible, we know this happened on May 21, 1988.Rev 8:1 “And when HE HAD OPENED THE SEVENTH SEAL, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” In other words, the church folks, over 2+ billion people in the world, should have been expecting INCREASED KNOWLEDGE at the time of the End. After all, they have the Bible in their hands. Perhaps for decades. This event should have come as no suprise. Yet, that is exactly how thy act!! They act surprized that KNOWLEDGE HAS INCREASED, just as the Lord prophesied it would! They cling to 2,000 yr old doctrine they grew up on, and refuse to accept that the times have changed. However, this is all part of the Lord’s grand plan. The Lord is using this INCREASED KNOWLEDGE to divide Christianity into two groups. The Wheat (True Believers) and the tares/weeds (counterfiet christians, that do NOT belong to the Lord). During the Church Age (0033-1988), the churches bought in both the True Believers, but also bought in those who offend. Those who are imposters. Those who must be removed from the Lords PURE FLOCK OF SAINTS.The Lord needs to seperate the Wheat, from the weeds (Matthew 13), so that at the Harvest (the Rapture, on May 21, 2011), the WEEDS WILL BE LEFT BEHIND TO BE BURNED. The weeds represent MOST of Christianity. The Lord is using these ‘new’ Biblical doctrines to sift people. Those that refuse to LISTEN to God’s Word, and cling to understandings from years gone by, demonstrate they are church weeds. Thus, many in so called Christian circles scoff and mock at God’s Word in these Last Days. Not even realizing that by doing so they condemn themselves. I encourage folks to read their Bibles, and pray for mercy, as we approach the final 42 weeks of life as we know it. Beware the mockers & scoffers. The Bible tells us they ALWAYS end up DEAD!!www.wecanknow.com

  • AmericanWithABrain

    If I cash in my 401K and spend all my money before May 21 and then the world does not end, is there a lawyer here who will representment me in a detremental reliance case against Mr. Camping. And all of you who believe this is true, please feel free to give my your valuables on May 20th. Oh…. you’re not THAT convinced are you????