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May 20th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Doomsday church: Still open for business

By Annalyn Censky, CNNMoney

New York (CNNMoney) - By now, you've probably heard of the religious group that's predicting the end of the world starts this weekend.

Harold Camping and his devoted followers claim a massive earthquake will mark the second coming of Jesus, or so-called Judgment Day on Saturday, May 21, ushering in a five month period of catastrophes before the world comes to a complete end in October.

At the center of it all, Camping's organization, Family Radio, is perfectly happy to take your money - and in fact, received $80 million in contributions between 2005 and 2009. Camping founded Family Radio, a nonprofit Christian radio network based in Oakland, Calif. with about 65 stations across the country, in 1958.

Read CNNMoney's story about Family Radio's financials, and why some employees are planning to come to work Monday

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: End times • Money & Faith

soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Sarah Kiissbes

    His prediction states it'll start at 6pm CXT... It's only 12am there right now.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  2. Artist

    HeavenSent

    Artist, are you suggesting we should all be trekkies (LOL)?
    ----------–
    What are trekkies? Is that a new break off group of christians?

    May 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      No, the Star Trek folks belong with you folks! LOL

      May 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Artist

      Okay, not really understanding what you are trying to say???

      May 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Artist

      Not sure what star trek has to do with anything?????

      May 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  3. amyreen

    HAROLD CAMPING IS NOT A CHRISTIAN!

    No True Christian would follow this man. He is an arrogant Old fool who believes his own Bible translations.

    His followers are the worst, they trust “HAROLD CAMPING INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE…NOT THE BIBLE!

    Harold Camping is a horrible Bible teacher. HERE IS HOW HE FOOLS YOU
    SEE
    HIS LINK TO JIM JONES CULT

    http://haroldcamping-21.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-ex-bible-teacher-became-cult-leader.html

    May 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Juggling Squirrel-Jesus

      Pretty much everyone trusts and interpretation of the bible. Even if you're fluent in ancient greek and hebrew, there's always room for interpretation.

      May 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Artist

      amyreen

      HAROLD CAMPING IS NOT A CHRISTIAN!

      No True Christian would follow this man. He is an arrogant Old fool who believes his own Bible translations.

      His followers are the worst, they trust “HAROLD CAMPING INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE…NOT THE BIBLE!

      Harold Camping is a horrible Bible teacher. HERE IS HOW HE FOOLS YOU
      SEE
      ---
      ,
      So I assume that you are still a delusional christian just pointing a finger at another? Yes?

      May 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Artist, refresh my memory. You believe that you came from Batman and Robin with the Big Bang or you evolved from Apes?

      Which one of these fairy tales do you believe in?

      Amen.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Stevie7

      "HeavenSent
      Artist, refresh my memory. You believe that you came from Batman and Robin with the Big Bang or you evolved from Apes?

      Which one of these fairy tales do you believe in?"
      --
      I believe in the fairy tales of quantum mechanics and electromagnetic theory – you know, the same fairy tales that allow you to type on your computer and post on message boards.

      Dismissing only that science which disagrees with your particular flavor of theology, while benefiting from the rest of it is ignorant at best.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • alex

      You must destroy all the nations the LORD your God hands over to you. Show them no mercy and do not worship their gods. If you do, they will trap you. Perhaps you will think to yourselves, 'How can we ever conquer these nations that are so much more powerful than we are?' But don't be afraid of them! Just remember what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all the land of Egypt. Remember the great terrors the LORD your God sent against them. You saw it all with your own eyes! And remember the miraculous signs and wonders, and the amazing power he used when he brought you out of Egypt. The LORD your God will use this same power against the people you fear. And then the LORD your God will send hornets to drive out the few survivors still hiding from you! "No, do not be afraid of those nations, for the LORD your God is among you, and he is a great and awesome God. The LORD your God will drive those nations out ahead of you little by little. You will not clear them away all at once, for if you did, the wild animals would multiply too quickly for you. But the LORD your God will hand them over to you. He will throw them into complete confusion until they are destroyed. He will put their kings in your power, and you will erase their names from the face of the earth. No one will be able to stand against you, and you will destroy them all. (Deuteronomy 7:16-24 NLT)

      May 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • alex

      A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death. (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)

      May 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      alex

      "Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. "The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him." (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT)
      -----–
      Your point is??

      May 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • Artist

      HeavenSent

      Artist, refresh my memory. You believe that you came from Batman and Robin with the Big Bang or you evolved from Apes?

      Which one of these fairy tales do you believe in?

      Amen.

      --------

      Actually, where we came from is not important, nor has bearing in my life. I see no reason to believe or fear what man has written and deemed the word of a god. I have yet to see direct writings from a god. If I come across this I will take into consideration what it says. Life is too short to worry about how the universe came to be or if we came from monkeys. I am agnostic and if a god wants to directly present themself and talk to me then I am all ears. Other than that I plan to enjoy life.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  4. Travaughn

    I am a believer for I am sorry for all the sins I created in my life. If this is true, I will surrender to you Jesus Christ & get back up. In your holy name. AMEN

    May 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Jesus

      Does Jesus talk back? Do you hear his voice?
      .

      Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations.
      As the illness continues, psychotic symptoms develop:
      • False beliefs or thoughts that are not based in reality (delusions)
      • Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)

      May 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Jesus

      Travaughn did you get my text?

      May 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Hey wise guy (NOT), speaking to and hearing Jesus means the person reads the Bible.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Stevie7

      Do you have conversations by talking to someone who knew a guy who knew this other guy that knew a guy that said something sixty years ago? Your conversation skills may be a bit lacking.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • alex

      "Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. "The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him." (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT)

      May 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      Jesus

      Does Jesus talk back? Do you hear his voice?
      .

      Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations.
      As the illness continues, psychotic symptoms develop:
      • False beliefs or thoughts that are not based in reality (delusions)
      • Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)
      ------
      Surely this is not the best you can do...Artist!

      May 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • Artist

      Steve (the real one)

      Jesus

      Does Jesus talk back? Do you hear his voice?
      .

      Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations.
      As the illness continues, psychotic symptoms develop:
      • False beliefs or thoughts that are not based in reality (delusions)
      • Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)
      --
      Surely this is not the best you can do...Artist!
      -----
      I must apoligize, it is Friday and I feel lazy today.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Artist

      HeavenSent

      Hey wise guy (NOT), speaking to and hearing Jesus means the person reads the Bible.
      ----------
      No reading the bible means that they can read. Speaking to is well ..>SPEAKING TO. Hearing voices, seeing signs to mean a god is speaking to etc is all the same.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  5. Apple

    Hey Atheist... There's got to be very good explanation about turkey earthquake. Please explain how did that happen?

    May 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Juggling Squirrel-Jesus

      Go to the library. Pick out any 6th-grade-level science book. Read. Rinse and repeat as necessary

      May 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • Lindsay Lohan's Guide to Getting Vodka in Jail

      There was a special earthquake just for turkeys?

      May 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Duh

      Hey Apple are you really that stupid? This region contains the Simav fault line. This fault line has produced earthquakes in the past and will continue to in the future....After the 21st....

      May 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Jessica

      That doesn't count. The earthquake has to be on May 21st or after. And not to mention earthquakes happen everyday even though most are too small to be felt or cause any damage. They are called tectonic plates in the earth's crust. Didn't you know about this stuff?

      May 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  6. Jesus

    Better party hard because at 6:01 (after the rapture) I will be tea bagging and giving all you non-believers the biggest and most holiest dirty sanchez the world has seen.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  7. Craig

    I’m glad Christ did not tell us when He was going to return. The disciples that Jesus took with Him to pray on the Mountain of Olives went to sleep each time He told them to stay awake and pray. As you know the story well in Matthew 26:37-44, Mark 14:33-41 and Luke 22:39-46, we probably would have done the same thing. Based on the disciples past actions, if Jesus had told them that He was not going to return for nearly 2,000 years, they would have procrastinated and not got the word of His life out as quickly as they did. If you think about it, the best way to get our kids to clean their room quickly is to tell them nothing of our return time. Unbelievably, this same technique works on adults. Who better to teach us this lesson than Christ (John 10:30 and John 14:8-10)? Give due diligence. Go to familyradio.com and research it. The 9 easy proofs can’t all be coincidence. Craig

    May 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      Yes, because without a date they can never be proven wrong!

      May 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  8. Chuck Anziulewicz

    Next week the evangelicals will be out in force doing damage control. They'll insist that Harold Camping was always wrong, that he was a "false prophet" ... but they will ALSO insist that the "Rapture" and the "Tribulation" and the "Second Coming" WILL eventually occur, so we need to surrender to Jesus and make sure we're prepared.

    Personally, I hope people will take time to reflect that we are living in the REAL WORLD, not a world of angels and demons, voodoo dolls and Santa Claus. There is no such thing as prophecy, except for the ambiguous, self-fulfilling kind. There is just the here and now, and our world is what WE make of it, not some imaginary beings up in the clouds somewhere.

    This coming Sunday, after Harold Camping's apocalyptic dreams have failed to come true, take time to listen to John Lennon's "Imagine." Listen to the words and think about them. It's probably the best wisdom we have in this day and age.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I love John Lennon and his music. You probably weren't even born when he died.

      Amen.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • Chuck Anziulewicz

      DEAR HEAVEN SENT:

      I was born in 1959, I'll have you know.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Juggling Squirrel-Jesus

      I really hate it when some religious group does a cover of Image and changes 'No Religion' to 'One Religion'. It's like those Calvin & Hobbes Calvin characters kneeling and praying to a cross you see on the back of someone's car. I guess copyright infringement is ok if it's done in the name of god.

      May 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  9. Reality

    Tick Tock There Go The Major Religions Onto the Myth Pile In A Burst of Rational Thinking:

    1. There was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no basis.

    2. There was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    3. There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    4. There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    5. There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    6. Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    7. Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      POOF. NOW HERE YE, HERE YE, THE BABBLE OF REALITY.

      And the crowds roared.

      Tee hee.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • hilltop

      Thank you for the dr. seus (forgive me dr.) rendering of history. 1 out of 7 maybe?

      May 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Realilty

      Saving Christians from the Great Easter Con/Disease:

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

      To wit;

      From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

      "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
      Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

      Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

      Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

      The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

      Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

      "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
      http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

      The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

      Of course, we all know that angels are really mythical "pretty wingie talking thingies".

      With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

      o An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,
      o p.4
      o "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."
      o p.168. by Ted Peters:
      1. Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

      o So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Realilty

      origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      "New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument. "

      "The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "litany of disillusion" about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

      May 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  10. Bro. Murez

    HAROLD CAMPING – "YOU ARE WRONG" In the process you have done an injustice to true Christianity. Not that it hurt us but you've made it difficult to get people to believe the truth. The end will come and we're indeed in that time BUT MAY 21, 2011 IS NOT IT. To all – note the following Scriptures which are true.

    Matt 24:3 – 14 (KJV) the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
    And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • HeavenSent

      But, he did cause a stir about Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

      Amen.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Artist

      HeavenSent

      But, he did cause a stir about Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

      Amen.
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      Yes he did and people are laughing more at christians. The more the wackjobs come out the better.

      May 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  11. JamesJust

    Christ spoke of many things that will happen during the end times but he emphasized one particular event, deception. He repeated over and over that deception will be the number one danger for the world. We know this Camping is a false prophet but the danger is his deception and the fact that this event will drive more people away from the faith as the press loves to ridicule Christians. This actually should have been ignored but ridiculing Christians sells.

    It is amazing how ignorant people really are with regard to scripture, Judgment Day doesn't occur until after Christ's 1000 rule. The only ones that will enjoy Christ's presence will be the dead in Christ or the Martyrs, they will rise. Isaiah said "the earth is burned up and very few men left", so they will be people left behind and they will enjoy Christ's presence as well. Revelation even declares a punishment for the nations that do not pay homage to Christ during the Feast of the Tabernacle, no rain. So there will be people here on earth. the armies, presidents, kings and national leaders involved with the beast will be destroyed..The rest will sleep until Judgement day. GOD is going to punish the earth but NOT destroy it. What would be the point of Christ's 1000 rule if everything is destroyed and everyone is dead? Think about it...

    http://www.yahwehyeshua.com

    Don't be deceived

    May 20, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Actually, getting the false teachings about the RAPTURE, which isn't in the Bible by the way, is a great debate to finally have today.

      Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make [them] fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, [even] the souls that ye hunt to make [them] fly.

      Ezekiel 13:20

      Amen.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Artist

      HeavenSent

      Actually, getting the false teachings about the RAPTURE, which isn't in the Bible by the way, is a great debate to finally have today.

      Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make [them] fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, [even] the souls that ye hunt to make [them] fly.

      Ezekiel 13:20

      Amen.

      ------–

      I see you quoting more fantasy. lol

      May 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @HeavenSent

      Hello -HeavenSent...

      rap·ture
      n.
      1. The state of being transported by a lofty emotion; ecstasy.
      2. An expression of ecstatic feeling. Often used in the plural.
      3. The transporting of a person from one place to another, especially to heaven.

      I'm curious, is it possible given definition #3 about what the word 'rapture' means that that is what everyone is talking about...? Won't Jesus be 'transporting' all the good christians to heaven...?

      Curious...

      Peace...

      May 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      Peace2All
      rap·ture
      n.
      1. The state of being transported by a lofty emotion; ecstasy.
      2. An expression of ecstatic feeling. Often used in the plural.
      3. The transporting of a person from one place to another, especially to heaven.
      I'm curious, is it possible given definition #3 about what the word 'rapture' means that that is what everyone is talking about...? Won't Jesus be 'transporting' all the good christians to heaven...?
      Curious...
      Peace...
      -------–
      Hi Peace, hope all is well. #3 is exactly what this is about. It won't happen on Saturday though. We are not to set dates. God only knows. I do appreciate your tone, Peace,it is refreshing. Although we may not agree on issues of faith, I appreciate your tone! Thank you!

      May 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Steve (the real one)

      Hey -Steve...

      I'm curious, as there are some that say there is no mention in the bible of 'rapture.' So... is it that the 'word' is not mentioned, but I'm right about the event described as 'rapture'...? As I was a bit confused as to -HeavenSents meaning.

      I do have a question though. You said it 'won't' happen on Saturday. 'If' one believes that it 'absolutely will' happen at some point, as you and others do, ...then... isn't it at least 'possible' that it 'could' happen on Saturday...? You seem to be certain.

      And as for my 'tone'... I do my best to be respectful even if I am in partial or total disagreement with someone. But...'thank you' for the compliment.

      Peace...

      May 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  12. David

    Its 5/21 in Australia and a massive earthquake hasn't hit...or is it supposes to be 5/21 in the American time zone only? Granted I did wake up to my room shaking but it was the midnight train that passed by only. Thanks again for scaring people for no reason, Family Radio. Harold Camping I hope your okay with scaring those who did believe in you, and those that gave everything up because they believed in you. Now they've got nothing, and you've turned them all into liars

    May 20, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  13. Craig

    Historically, May 21 is the eve of Pentecost when churches began. The Jewish calendar and our calendar rarely align. They align this year. They last aligned in 1994. I was a doubter until I did my homework. People say familyradio missed the prediction in 1994?, the book, but it is stated on pages 494 and 495 that the more likely date of the return would be 2011. Reporters miss this fact. I researched their website at familyradio.com and reviewed the following 9 proofs. These combined point to May 21, 2011. They can’t all be a coincidence.
    1. The discovery of the exact year of Noah’s flood in 4990BC by subtracting backwards from King Solomon’s death in 931BC using information from the Bible (see Timeline).
    2. The discovery of the month and day of Noah’s flood (Genesis 7:11) – When translated, May 21 is the 2nd month and 17 day of that year (Iyar 17).
    3. Apostle Peter warns the true believers regarding Judgment Day, “a day to the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8).”
    4. God gave Noah a 7-day warning before He caused it to rain (Genesis 7:4).
    5. Combining Peter’s warning in proof #3 and God’s warning in proof #4, we have a total of 7,000 years. May 21, 2011 is exactly 7,000 years after proof #1, Noah’s flood. Use biblical rules – compare scripture with scripture (1Cor 2:13).
    6. The verbal description of a single event in two different ways is a style of speech described by Joseph, Jacob's son, as "doubling." Apostle Peter used this style unknowingly when describing Christ's return. Joseph defined the usage as he interpreted the Pharaoh's dream. The discovery of this comparison and its meaning reinforces that “God will shortly bring it to pass (Gen 41:32).”
    7. Finding God’s Jubilee year in view to find the tribulation period – Sept 7, 1994.
    8. How to find the beginning of the tribulation period, as described in Daniel’s first vision consisting of 2,300 days.
    9. From May 21, 1988 going forward 23 years, we land exactly on May21, 2011. The significance of the number 23.
    Craig

    May 20, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Craig, you forgot to mention the famine in end of days. The non-believers on this blog make that prophecy to be true.

      Amen.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  14. The Bobinator

    They should be prosecuted for fraud.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Yes, Bob, just like they prosecuted the wall streeters that crashed and burned our economy.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      Yes, because the two situations are exactly the same.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  15. JohnMCng

    Sorry Mr Harold Camping your prediction will no materialize because the Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Thessalonians chapter 5 verses 1&2 'But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write to you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord(rapture) so cometh as a thief in the night.' No one knows when is the end of the world. Secondly we Christians will not be on earth to witness the Judgment Day, we will be watching it from heaven.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • The Bobinator

      Allow me to translate:

      I'm sorry, but my belief in an invisible sky daddy who will protect me from death is clearly more valid then your slightly different views then mine. And while there are known forgeries that exist in even today's bible, I will choose to ignore then and pretend that the verse that I have just quoted is valid.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Where is this rapture teachings being taught? Certainly, not where I live.

      There is no such word pertaining to rapture in the Bible.

      God is angry that his children are being taught that they need to fly up to meet him. Jesus comes back to us. We only meet Him when we die. By the way, we will all be in spiritual form when Jesus comes back.

      Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make [them] fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, [even] the souls that ye hunt to make [them] fly.

      Ezekiel 13:20

      Amen.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Artist

      HeavenSent

      Where is this rapture teachings being taught? Certainly, not where I live.

      There is no such word pertaining to rapture in the Bible.

      God is angry that his children are being taught that they need to fly up to meet him. Jesus comes back to us. We only meet Him when we die. By the way, we will all be in spiritual form when Jesus comes back.

      Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make [them] fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, [even] the souls that ye hunt to make [them] fly.

      Ezekiel 13:20

      Amen.
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      Is that a quote from a Harry Potter book?

      May 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Artist, in my day, we read the Lord of the Rings.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Artist

      HeavenSent

      Artist, in my day, we read the Lord of the Rings.
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      Never got into it, had friends that liked Tokken though. I read less and was always off drawing lol

      May 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  16. Ivanna Score

    The guys at TheXLog.com have this great post on "the end of the world" – funny stuff! http://thexlog.com/201105200945/x-omg/zombie-apocalypse-what-to-look-for/

    May 20, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  17. The Further Adventures of No-No Bad Dog

    Thanks to CNN for helping this scam make even more money.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • A mom

      It is a sad state of affairs that "so-called" reputable new sorces are feeding in to this craziness. Local affilates are as much to blame, also. I have 3 children home today, and I have had to take the day off from work... the news hype for them is frightening. They want to drive 300 miles to be with their grandparents...all this while my husband is overseas serving our COUNTRY. Let's try some responsible journalism.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • The Bobinator

      Why don't you try to be a responsible parent and tell them that it's all nonsense. When you're right on Sunday your kids will respect you for it.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  18. T

    Shouldn't they have given up their broadcast licences and sold all of their assets and donated everything to the poor/meek?

    Are they going to give back everyone's money on May 22nd?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Adelina

      @T: Excellent point!

      May 20, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • HeavenSent

      T, the 22nd is Sunday.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  19. Adelina

    Money at wrong hands are useless trash, but well-used $1 is a drop of gold for the needy. Can't Americans and CNN care about more important issues in the world other than money, such as faith, honor, loyalty, bravery, patriotism and the beauty of the sky?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Chicken Little

      ...to say nothing of proper English.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Artist

      Adelina

      Money at wrong hands are useless trash, but well-used $1 is a drop of gold for the needy. Can't Americans and CNN care about more important issues in the world other than money, such as faith, honor, loyalty, bravery, patriotism and the beauty of the sky?

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      They are making the world a better place. They are exposing christians for what they are.

      May 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Artist

      Adelina

      I'm not bigotted against non-Christians. God is. I'm just a prattling moron.
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      .
      Big suprise that this comes from you.

      May 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • Adelina

      Artist, your friend is faking me using my user name. You atheists need reform although both integrity and honesty are meaningless to you. You guys are evil.

      May 21, 2011 at 3:54 am |
  20. Adelina

    CNN. no such thing will happen on May 21! Please report on the suffering Christians in Nigeria, China and Central Asia instead!

    May 20, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • jimtanker

      Why only the suffering of christians? And why only in those places? Why not the suffering of everyone? Guess you're biggoted against non christians.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Adelina

      I'm not bigotted against non-Christians. God is. I'm just a prattling moron.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Adelina (real one)

      The second Adelina is a false one. @Jim, CNN is reporting on this "Christian" group unceasingly. Of course all human rights abuse must be broadcasted. Is this group such a big deal in USA right now for CNN to dedicate the religion section to them? What a shme.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Stevie7

      And yet articles on this group have generated many thousands of comments. CNN is only going to air stories that people want to watch – stories that will generate ad revenue. So who's really at fault here – CNN or us?

      May 20, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Artist

      Adelina (real one)

      The second Adelina is a false one. @Jim, CNN is reporting on this "Christian" group unceasingly. Of course all human rights abuse must be broadcasted. Is this group such a big deal in USA right now for CNN to dedicate the religion section to them? What a shme
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      Actually I am quite enjoying it. LOL it is entertaining to see christians pointing fingers at each other calling the other crazy when in fact they are the same...just dont agree on the date. LOL ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!

      May 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Artist, are you suggesting we should all be trekkies (LOL)?

      May 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Artist

      Why????????????????

      May 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
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