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March 7th, 2011
12:22 PM ET

Road trip to 'doomsday'

CNN's Jessica Ravitz talks with Randi Kaye about riding along with a group who think the world will end May 21. Read her story and learn more about the ways the world could end.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Death • End times

soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. dcoythegreat

    let me clear this up. Im not saying Jesus Christ is coming back on May 21st or any other day for that matter. Im only saying that my lord and savior Jesus Christ aka abba aka Jehovah Jireh aka Elohim aka 'I am" is coming soon. Revelations says: Behold I come quickly. so if you dont know jesus id suggest reading matthew, mark, luke, and john. but im sure if your reading this and you dont know Jesus then you've had every opportunity to know him you just refuse to accept him. I dust my finger tips off.

    May 8, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  2. dcoythegreat

    i dont know when Yashua is coming back but i do know that he is coming and its getting closer and closer. when you have a tornado that travels 300 miles on the ground come on man who do you think fueled that?

    May 8, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  3. tankrothchild

    FAIL FAIL FAIL IT'S MARCH 21ST AND WE ARE ALL STILL ALIVE AND WELL. Fail alert has ended.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  4. David

    Expecting the world to end by Oct or the 'rapture' to occur in May is such nonsense. However, it is good idea to prepare for the Return of the Christ and the birth of a 'New Age' because the Christ is already here and he may very well reveal himself openly by May or October. For more into see http://www.christmaitreya.org

    March 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • rango

      That's the anti-christ you fool. Don't you know anything about the illuminati.

      March 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  5. Jim

    It is so very sad to witness the world reject the Word of God when He is merciful enough to warn us of the day of the end, just like he warned Noah, Lot, and the city of Nineveh. They are all laughing about what we will do when it doesn't happen. The real question is, what will they all do when it does happen? It will be too late. May God have mercy.

    March 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  6. kay a

    VERY interesting "end of the world" story! Check out this website for the way to survive http://www.jamesbouvier.com

    March 7, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  7. T-party

    I think the arab-muslim nations might be realizing democracy and less theocracy will lead them to safer more prosperous countries.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  8. T-party

    There has always been wars and rumors of wars. K-illing,terro-r,revolutions have been a constant since mankind.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  9. T-party

    The world has gotten smaller with technology. I think the world has always been very violent and tragic. Just pick up any history book covering any region of the world. Nothing in the bible quran or any other religious text written by man has been accurate about anything going on now.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  10. Fred

    Gullibility is a relative thing, isn't it?

    My feelings are mixed for these sojourners to the end of time. I admire the "blessed assurance" they seem have in their study of eschatology and Biblical events. I admire the sacrifices they have made to stand for their beliefs. And I admire the fact that they are really hurting no one in pursuing their call to proclaim the end of time as they understand it. That does seem to elevate them above terrorists and suicidal motorists and gunmen, in my mind. I have to admit though, from a Biblical study perspective, I respectfully disagree with the conclusions of their study. My hope and prayer is that these dear people, once faced with the error of their study, will not falter in their belief. Rather, I pray they will redouble their study efforts to find out how they could have been wrong. What did they not understand in their study?

    Perhaps, the biggest test before these sojourners (and perhaps before those who scoff at and belittle them) is: Can they learn from their mistake?

    I hope they can.

    March 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  11. MrEO

    Ms Ravitz should take advantage of these crazed whackos and talk them into giving her all their money since they won't be needing it after their "doomsday".
    She might have fun with that. I would.

    March 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  12. Ian

    ...This is ridiculous, time is a man made concept and a god may know.. when it is, but couldn't specify because it's a man made concept v_v Either way, hopefully it's just the destruction of humanity, do the world a favor. =D By the way, I don't reply on forums so send your comments/hatemail to my email.

    March 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  13. A Christian

    How come these people go around proclaiming the end at a certain date when even Jesus Christ said he didn't know the date? Only God the father knows the date and time, no one will expect it. Not at all. Iv read the prophesies of the end times and not a single one mentions May 21, 2011. None even mention a date. They said the bible says so. Well prove it. Show me the verses and the book it's in. What about the events prior to the end times? Such as a world dictatorship, one currency, and enmity between the west, North, and east? Most theologians say that these are Europe, Russia, and China. I see no hatred there. These people would have no more theological evidence then me if I went around proclaiming that Jesus was an intelligent dinosaur, or that the world is gonna end tomorrow or next week or in 2012. There is always some group going around saying that the world is gonna end. This group just got a little more press.

    March 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      > These people would have no more theological evidence

      There's no such thing as theological evidence.

      March 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  14. tammy

    Amen! To GOD be the GLORY! http://www.2011JudgementDay.com

    March 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  15. TheRationale

    These people are so gullible.
    The world is not going to end on May 21, 2011

    We will all be sitting here on May 22, 2011, and they will have realized that they just wasted the past year or so of their lives. Perhaps we should send them some After-The-Rapture Mints.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Ykcyc

      @TheRationale
      How do you know, it will not end tomorrow at 3 or Friday at 4:32? Where is the guarantee you will be still here next week?
      Absolutely nothing can happend in this reality, unless it is happenig right now. Future does not exist.

      March 8, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  16. Ykcyc

    Everything has to end, eventually. We will never know,what makes these people think that they can know the future, based on writings that did not foretell simple things, like cars, planes, telephones, computers, movies, space travel, and countless other things and events we take for granted. Could it be, that it awas written by men, who had absolutely no idea?
    The fact is, future does not exist. Past is only a temporary memory, held for a short time in the head. Everything that is, just is, as it is, without our opinion, label, or our judgment about it. Whatever “is”, only is right now. It can never be anywhere else or anything else, because it is.
    Peace.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      You know, s-atan really has a tailored lie for all types of people... he always did, from the beginning!
      And so many swallow it, hook, line and sinker...

      March 8, 2011 at 7:14 am |
    • Ykcyc

      @PRISM 1234
      There is no S-a-tan. People lie to themselves or pick and choose what they want to believe in. Reality is not a menu. People make choices and then blame others for their own choices, they make. All different religions claim that they alone posess the Truth. Even within Christianity, there are different concepts. It is all conceptual and exists nowhere else but in the mind. It will be extinct with the mind. It seems the sooner, the better.

      March 8, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      Ykcyc, do you believe you don't have a soul that will live on and on, even though your body dies?

      March 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  17. PRISM 1234

    Bobinator, you clearly don't understand the Bible.... But really, no man on his own does. It is given to mankind by God, although it was recorded by men.
    Don't you think that God was able to preserve Hi s message, if He has given it? But He is also a jealous about His word, and has designed it so that no man can understand it apart from Him interpreting it! That's why man has made such mess of it , running with his own interpretations of it. Satan knows how to read too, and knows the scriptures, but he twists them, and that's no news, is it?! But God shows His truth to those who seek Him with all their heart, with a humble and contrite heart. That's the only way to approach God, and only sure way not to fall for tlies of the enemies of our souls, who disguises himself in many forms. Humility, and acknowledgment of our need for God, allowing Him to be the Lord of f our lives in all aspects of our lives, opens that way of intimacy with Him, that no deceiving spirit and no lie can penetrate!

    March 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      > Bobinator, you clearly don't understand the Bible.... But really, no man on his own does. It is given to mankind by God, although it was recorded by men.

      Then why has God put in deliberate errors?

      > Don't you think that God was able to preserve Hi s message, if He has given it? But He is also a jealous about His word, and has designed it so that no man can understand it apart from Him interpreting it!

      Subjective analysis of the motives of a being that is far smarter then both of us isn't a valid argument. That's assuming it even exists.

      > That's why man has made such mess of it , running with his own interpretations of it.

      Then the blame for that is on God. If God wants his message out and knows mankind will muddle it up, why wouldn't God have made it perfectly clear? Either God is a fool or God wants some of us not to hear his word.

      > Satan knows how to read too, and knows the scriptures, but he twists them, and that's no news, is it?!

      Does Satan have more power then God? If not, how can Satan change God's will?

      > But God shows His truth to those who seek Him with all their heart, with a humble and contrite heart. That's the only way to approach God, and only sure way not to fall for tlies of the enemies of our souls, who disguises himself in many forms.

      So for God to show me that he exists, I must first believe he exists? How do I do that logically?

      > Humility, and acknowledgment of our need for God, allowing Him to be the Lord of f our lives in all aspects of our lives, opens that way of intimacy with Him, that no deceiving spirit and no lie can penetrate!

      Or misleads you on what you conclude is happening. If you believe there is a God and you're nearly missed by a bus, you may conclude God was looking out for you. And you might use that as evidence for God. When in reality, it could have been that you just got really, really lucky.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      Pride is the obstacle, that thing that stands between man and God. Proud person can not comprehend God, because pride blinds the eyes of their souls, to the point they don't even see that He exists, in spite of His fingerprints on whole creation, including their own conscience, which testifies of Him, till it is silenced by sin dwelling in that person's heart.

      I believe that's where you are, friend!

      March 8, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  18. Rebecca Grimm

    I am tired of people always trying to pinpoint the day that is supposed to be the end. The Bible clearly states that no man shall know the day nor the hour. So it could be assumed that any time a prediction is made, all God has to do is change his mind. It also says that Christ shall come like a theif in the night to the ones who do not believe; therefore I would assume to those that do believe they would see the signs very clearly.

    For reference locations we use 2 Timothy 3, Luke 21, 1 Thess 5:3, Daniel 12:4, 1 John 2:18, and Revelations 14.

    The Scripture prophecies that prior to the return of Christ, there will be the following:

    A great perplexity and anxiety.
    Declining moral standards.
    A spiritual falling away in Church.
    Prevelance of worldwide violence.
    An increase in knowledge.
    Anticipation of a world dictatorship.
    interest in worldwide evangelism.
    Talk of peace when there is no peace.
    Revelatation of the anti-Christ.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      > I am tired of people always trying to pinpoint the day that is supposed to be the end. The Bible clearly states that no man shall know the day nor the hour.

      The bible also clearly states that man was made out of dirt, that bats are birds and details Jesus' birth. These are among the many entries in the bible that have been proven wrong.

      Some of the bible is wrong. Some may be right. But you cannot quote it absolutely unless the work is perfect. Which it's clearly not. Literal interpretation of the bible does not hold water. Sorry to all the fundies.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • Ghittsum

      @Bobinator

      So you're not cool with the terminology of the time when Moses authored Genesis. He referred to man being made from dirt. Yes, I suppose he should have used more technical terms like cells and complex chains of amino acids and ultimately hydrocarbons and water. I mean, he was educated at the highest level in Ancient Egypt, he should have known these things!! But because language from Hebrew to Phoenician, to Greek, or the other way around, to eventually English; something lost its value of literal translation. Dirt seems to be the fitting term to use, and it was probably the highest level of understanding for that time.

      It doesn't make the Bible wrong, and if you and others like you don't care to accept that the Bible has any value; fine! No one is forcing you to accept it. In fact, don't accept it. Keep not believing, no one cares. When it turns out that Believers are right, then we'll all share marshmallows over your burning corpse in hell.

      As far as this whole judgement day on May 21st, don't believe that. It isn't scriptual. We don't know the hour of his second coming. Review Matthew chapter 24. It holds the answer for our final days.

      March 7, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • Smite Me

      Ghittsum,

      "When it turns out that Believers are right, then we'll all share marshmallows over your burning corpse in hell."

      You hideous monster!

      March 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      @ Ghittsum,
      I agree with everything you say.... Not that it makes a difference if man agrees or not with the truth, because the truth does not depend on any man's opinion....
      But I KNOW what you're saying is the truth!

      @Rebbecca G.
      Yes, we are seeing all those signs, just ass spoken in the Scriptures! If people do not see them, then thy are not living in reality!

      March 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • BlindSquirrel

      Rebecca...Well stated post. Just wanted to add another thought, though. The mere fact that someone predicts a particular date has no real bearing on when this event will occur. If one were to follow that reasoning through to its conclusion, one could forestall the advent of the time of the end indefinitely by simply predicting the end each day. I think the heart of the scripture points out that the date cannot be ascertained by earthly means, and the fact of a prediction, which is only a guess based on some perceived importance of a date, does not impact God's plan in the slightest. The end of days is as likely to occur on May 21 as it is on any other day, and only God knows what day that will be.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  19. PRISM 1234

    Those people are truly making a spectacle of themselves, but the real harm they are causing is that they are causing the Name of Christ Jesus to be evil spoken of.
    But this is no news to the true Christians, because those of us who know the Word, we also know that the Lord Christ Himself said that those things will happen in times close to His return: that many will come in His Name, even claiming to be Christ, also telling people that He is will come at certain times and places....

    The truth is, there are so many false teachings nowdays going rampant, even in the present day churches, that one would have to stay out of them, in order to not to get caught up in their teachings. When God's peole stop listening to men, and wait to hear from Him, then they will not come up with those damaging doctrines, that only cause their faith and faith of others to stumble. What will they do one the May 22?

    March 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Jimmy

      @PRISM " because those of us who know the Word, we also know that the Lord Christ Himself said that those things will happen in times close to His return:"

      He actually said it would happen within the lifetime of a generation that died 2000 years ago.

      I think Christianity must be nearing the end of its trial period by now, don't you?

      FAIL!

      March 10, 2011 at 4:30 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      Jimmy, you make me shake my head at the your comment:)
      You don't understand the words you are quoting.... Those word were fulfilled when three of Yeshua's disciples witnessed His transfiguration where He took them apart with Himself...

      Yep, that's how so many are led astray, trusting their own understanding. Yet God has designed that way that no man will understand nor comprehend Him apart of Himself. That's why Christianity is ONLY "religion" that originates, lives and exists by the power of God, so that no man can boast, but all glory belongs to God, because all comes from Him, even the revelation of Himself to mankind!
      If you could comprehend that, it would be lot easier for you to be still, and listen to His voice when He attempts to speak to you, acknowledging that He is God. When man removes his SELF, and let GO d be God in his life, God then opens his eyes, and he sees things he never seen before. And I do knwo what I'm talking about, I really do!

      March 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  20. Reality

    Our world as we know it will end but the Universe will go on forever.-----///////

    Think infinity and recycling with the Big Bang expansion followed by the shrinking reversal called the Gib Gnab and recycling back to the Big Bang repeating the process on and on forever. Human life and Earth are simply a minute part of this cha-otic, sto-cha-stic, expanding, shrinking process disappearing in one to five billion years with the burn out of the Sun and maybe returning in another five billion years with different life forms but still subject to the va-ga-ries of its local star and asteroids.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
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