Why do people never tire of incorrectly predicting the date on which the world ends? This time it’s Family Radio Worldwide, a Christian group in Nashville Tennessee, who have discovered that the end of the world will start with the second coming of Jesus on May 21st, 2011. They have funded 40 billboard advertisements around Nashville and some other US cities to get this message across. Their website at wecanknow.com further explains that God will actually destroy the world on October 21st, 2011. I guess it will take exactly five months to judge the entire population of the world. That’s about 520 people every second, assuming that the judging starts immediately and continues around the clock for the full five months. I sure hope we get a fair trial. So how did Harold Camping, the 89-year-old president of Family Radio Worldwide, discover the exact date, when all our scientists think it won’t be for another few billion years? Yes, you guessed it, that wonderful source of knowledge, the bible, mixed with some creative accounting. A bible verse states, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it shall be in the days of the Son of Man”. Since one day for God is 1,000 years for us, this obviously means that the Rapture will be exactly 7,000 years after Noah’s flood. As the flood occurred in 4990 BC, on what would have been May 21st, Jesus will be here on May 21st next year. QED! They expect about 3% of people to take the billboards seriously, but I think they are being optimistic, even for Tennessee.
“Sadly, only eight people survived the Flood”, said Camping, who thinks we are all descended from flood survivors. Despite the lack of time, they are still accepting donations to help spread the news. Stick around to see what their website says this time next year.