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.
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?