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May 21, 2011 - Judgment Day?

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*Update: The above clock was updated to reflect the recent news of the rapture taking place at 6 PM local time. Just in case we are in the midst of some intangible divine judgement, the clock has been changed to count forward, showing how far in we are. Good luck 🙂

A few months ago I happened on a radio station called Family Radio and a program called Open Forum. This is a call-in program in which various people pose questions about the Bible to the host and Bible scholar, Harold Camping. I have been an occasional listener ever since.

What makes Harold Camping interesting is that he is convinced (or at least he does a good job acting convinced) that the judgment day will begin on May 21, 2011 and after five months the world will be completely obliterated on October 21, 2011.

Camping exhorts his listeners to abandon their churches, which he believes are now controlled by Satan, and instead spend their time begging and pleading God for mercy on judgment day. The point being that beginning May 21, 2011 five months of great upheaval and calamity will grip the world. People will suffer and die of injuries and starvation. A number of true believers will be selected to be transported to heaven (rapture) and the rest will be left behind to be completely destroyed as the universe implodes into nothingness.

A tall tale, to say the least, but that's Camping's interpretation of the Bible and I'm sure he has many followers. So in honor of the judgment day and the end of the world I have placed a countdown clock at top of this post, based on my JavaScript Countdown tool, displaying the remaining time until the judgment day, May 21, 2011 12:00 AM UTC.

Lest you think I'm ridiculing the man or his belief, I must admit that I have no evidence refuting his claim. Of course the lack of a contrary evidence, does not validate the original claim. It only gives the claim a measure of plausibility, in this case a very miniscule amount. Safe to say that I'm not a follower, I'm not even religious. But I am following this case to its conclusion because I wonder what type of explanation the followers will be receiving on May 22, 2011.


  1. The Bible reads like today’s news

    1Co 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
    1Co 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

    Isa 34:1 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it.
    Isa 34:2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.
    Isa 34:3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.

    Jer 25:31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.
    Jer 25:32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth

    Comment by Luke — May 19, 2011 @7:50 am

  2. Kill more people? Destroy the planet?

    The True God would do no such thing!

    Comment by John — May 20, 2011 @2:26 pm

  3. they should show the clock better

    Comment by the chemma — May 20, 2011 @8:50 pm

  4. ok so what i think is that this harold guy is an old foolish man who needs to live in the nut house ok. IF GOD ONLY KNOWS AND WONT EVEN TELL HIS SON JESUS. THEN HE WONT LET SOME WEIRD OLD LEADER OF A CHURCH KNOW. WE SHOULDN'T BE WAITING FOR SOME FAKE PROPHESY. And we should be living our life's to the fullest each and every day. i hear about people quitting there jobs because of this. No offense Harold. Well yes i do mean ALOT OF OFFENSE HAROLD. At 12:00AM May 22 ill be laughing at all the people who wasted there jobs and life's with this.

    Comment by derrick f — May 20, 2011 @10:31 pm

  5. If it is the end then so be it. The world could use a little cleaning up. Jesus will be here to rule for 1000 years after! Cant wait.

    Comment by Dave — May 21, 2011 @7:26 am

  6. Anyone who no longer needs there money, electronics or car please email me at [email protected] i really am in need of the following, also Paypal money i will take as much of it.

    Comment by Carl — May 21, 2011 @10:29 am

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    I sure hope it happens, and all the Christian zealots head to the skies...im­agine how peaceful and loving the world will be on May 22!

    Comment by ClimaxTwist — May 21, 2011 @3:08 pm

  8. good luck everybody<333

    Comment by jayfieds — May 21, 2011 @4:41 pm

  9. nothing happened?

    Comment by jackmeoff — May 21, 2011 @6:04 pm

  10. FAIL we are still here ha ha

    Comment by Anonymous — May 21, 2011 @6:05 pm

  11. WE Are still HERe. You Guys STINK.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 21, 2011 @6:12 pm

  12. Is anyone surprised that it isn't really judgement day?

    Comment by binomial pricing option model — May 21, 2011 @7:33 pm

  13. Not much of a surprise really, i was just wondering what got into this "scholar" to be so ludicrous as to dare make a date for the end of the world.
    He should stop searching for fame and glory and use the bible for building up himself and other people into doing positive things.

    These kind of men make other people not reach the light of the scriptures due to their unscriptural assumptions of things that not even the Lord Jesus Christ knew about.

    Whoever thought of this ridiculous claim needs to stop bersmiching the name of god and his son, and really rethink of what he is trying to do with his "research" of the bible.

    Comment by toldyouso — May 21, 2011 @10:25 pm

  14. Jesus said no man knows the day or hour he will come.
    He will come like a thief in the night.
    Everytime someone set a day or time he is wrong even if he is a prophet.

    Comment by Sense — May 22, 2011 @12:35 am

  15. Well, He was wrong in the 80's and wrong now.... Let's see how many idiots follow him next time he predicts the end of the world.............

    Comment by Hank — May 23, 2011 @8:55 am

  16. I will be honest. I am NOT a believer in the May 21st hype. I love math and have looked over his explanation of the theory behind this and I can see where some things would make people believe in this. BUT let’s remember this is all about our belief in Christ and his word and as I posted above his word states that NO ON KNOWS when he will return. Unless Mr. Camping or his followers have decided Jesus was kidding or flat out lying to us. The second thing that I think of when I read this isMark Ch 24:23-28Someone may say, "Here is the Messiah!" or "There he is!" But don't believe it. 24False messiahs and false prophets will come and work great miracles and signs. They will even try to fool God's chosen ones. 25But I have warned you ahead of time. 26If you are told that the Messiah is out in the desert, don't go there! And if you are told that he is in some secret place, don't believe it! 27The coming of the Son of Man will be like lightning that can be seen from east to west. 28Where there is a corpse, there will always be buzzards.I am not saying that he is a False Prophet, but it seems very close. I hear he is telling people to STOP going to church. That goes againstDeuteronomy 31:11-1311 when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose, you shall read this law before them in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns—so they can listen and learn to fear the LORD your God and follow carefully all the words of this law. 13 Their children, who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the LORD your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”Take what you want from this, if nothing else it has stirred an interest in God, but at the same time Christians will suffer more verbal assaults from people who saw the vehicles and advertising for May 21st. I guess I can look forward to the fact that it won’t start until the 22nd… lol..One more comment for the TRUE believers in the May 21st Theory.. I am willing to receive any money, cars or property that you will get rid of prior to the Judgment day. Please feel free to contact me and send me everything. I will not collect until the 22nd I promise…..

    Comment by Peter Nault — June 4, 2011 @11:06 am


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