March 7th, 2011
04:11 PM ET

Road trip to the end of the world

If you thought you had less than three perfectly healthy months to live, what would you do? Would you travel? Spend time with loved ones? Appreciate the joy life has given you?

Or would you ditch your kids and grandkids, join strangers in a caravan of RVs and travel the country warning people about the end of the world?

If you're Sheila Jonas, that's exactly what you'd do.

"This is so serious, I can't believe I'm here," says Jonas, who's been on the road since fall. Like her cohorts, she's "in it 'til the end," which she believes is coming in May.

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  1. John

    I believe I am the Lamb


    DNA=The number of Man
    For one to receive the mark of the beast

    Encoded in ones DNA is a list of your forefathers. This list would have your fathers name your grandfathers name your great grandfathers and so on the list goes back generations until you get to the foundation of life. This foundation is the original twelve tribal couples that were created at the beginning of time. At the root above the 12 tribes God the father is listed as the father of all including the father of the 24 elders. The Lambs name is also at the root

    To receive the mark of the beast it involves a genetic hack that replaces God the fathers name encoded in ones DNA with the beasts name on specific gene locus on specific cells in the brain. The beast and the false prophet are claiming that the Lamb Jesus is the beast and his witnesses were the false prophet. They get people to get the mark by claiming that they were chosen by God and to protect them from being vexed by the locus they need to be sealed on there forehead. Some of the holiest of peoples were actually deceived and took the mark. Just because you took the mark does not necessarily mean you are doomed. If you look around at others you must have noticed that the most wicked of peoples will seem to be blind and would not even contemplate the possibility that they were somehow wrong. God has hardened the harts of the most wicked and they are simply not allowed to believe because of there wicket ways in the past. These peoples I believe will not make it to the book of life. If you are running scared it may be that your garments will be made clean through the blood of the lamb. It is never too late to repent and change your ways. He is a merciful God.

    Revelations chapter 9 verse 17 to 21 talk of a group of horseman. These people think they were the chosen ones. This group will actually kill others in the name of God. God of the earth sets up a spiritual Babylon. God of the earth is fighting God the omnipotent God of the earth is using DNA hacks to get his way. God of the earth has actually condemned 2 Tribes to the pit. The witnesses represent these 2 tribes that were excluded from getting a kingdom this was actually a theft The Jews were given the land from these 2 tribes. Its seems that he went ahead and had the witnesses killed despite my warning. These witnesses represents olive branches. He killed the olive branches. This may be it for him

    The number of genotype combinations for each family is the product of the number of possible genotypes for each member of the family. If all independent individuals of the pedigree (the parents) are present in the sample, the total number of genotype combinations will be rather small and will depend mainly on the number of double heterozygotes in the sample. However, if some members of the parental generation are not sampled, then the number of possible genotype combinations may be very large, and this number will depend on the number of alleles (k) at each locus. For instance, consider the case in which k=5 among the sampled individuals. For each locus, we have to allow for the presence of a sixth allele that may be present among the unsampled individuals of the pedigree but that would have escaped detection because it would not have segregated, by chance, in one of the offspring. In this case, there are 6×6=36 potential two-locus haplotypes and 36×37/2=666 potential different genotypes for each unsampled individual. Therefore, in a family in which only full sibs are sampled, 666×667/2=222,111 distinct parental genotype combinations are possible, and the compatibility of all of them must be tested against the offspring's genotypes. In practice, a great many parental genotypes may be eliminated by a prior examination of single-locus incompatibilities between parental and offspring genotypes (e.g., for a description of a simple algorithm, see Lange and Boehnke 1983). Thus, since the complexity of the problem increases with approximately the eighth power of k, we have restricted ourselves to moderately low levels of polymorphism at each locus, with k≤5.

    May 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  2. sabrina

    Genesis 8:21
    The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will i curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done.
    "As long as the earth endures,
    seedtime and harvest,
    cold and heat,
    summer and winter,
    day and night
    will never cease."
    and matthew 24:36 says that only god knows when the world is going to end. And they said that it was going to end September 4th, 1994 that the world is going to end. Well guess what Harold where still here. So really you think you would have learned your lesson the last time. But no your still going around telling people it's going to end on may 21. And I'm not the only one thinking the same thing. So Harold how does it feel to get told on by a thirteen year old. Probally proves that you don't know a lot huh!!! So maybe next time you go around saying the world is going to end maybe you'll realize your going to be wrong again. And I'm probally sure if he is even going to end the world it would be on a day we least expect it, and not said by a old dinosaur.

    May 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  3. Frank Sausage

    They could be right, but most likely they are just a bunch of kook sandwiches.

    March 22, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • derp

      on rye toast

      March 23, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  4. Amber

    No one knows the actual day of rapture, only God does. For a person to think that they know the day of rapture is to call God a liar, because he strictly says over and over again throughout the new testament that no one knows except him. Also the rapture isn't when the world ends so to speak. These people holding up these signs and claiming the day they think the rapture will happen are the ones who make us normal Christians look bad to the nonbelievers. Folks please understand, most Christians don't go around parading about when they think the rapture will happen nor go around trying to scare people into Christianity. The media just likes to show that stuff because it gets everyone fired up and they get a huge response out of it. I've grown up in the Baptist world, I became a Christian at the age of 6. I rededicated my life to Christ in college and then a few years later more seriously. I went to bible college, most all my friends throughout life have been Christians, I've always been in church and have studied the Word (yet I have soooooo much to learn still), my own husband is attending seminary so we can be missionaries and he can be a seminary professor, we definitely talk about the rapture and the tribulation and such....but we know that no matter how hard we try that there is no way of knowing when it will happen, and we think the people that do try and think they know are plain crazy. One day it will happen, we just don't know when....stink it could be ten thousand years from now for all we know. So just calm it down and don't fret over what these people are saying.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Cecilia

      Amber, are you aware that Catholics-Orthodox and Main line Protestants do not even believe in the "rapture" this is another example of people using the bible wrongly. Have you ever just paused for a moment and wondered WHY there are so many people starting churches just because they have a bible in their hand ? Do you think its possible that the Holy Spirit is not behind such stuff? Who did Jesus give authority to? Peter and the Apostles. He sent them to teach-the Church began and the new testament was determined (mainly because of people claiming to be Christians and writing other Gospels) The Church clarified what were "our" scriptures. If the Church decided the Canon of Scripture and it says the Rapture is not a correct belief, then I think I might want to look into that. Dispensationalism is the belief system that came up with the Rapture,
      And I must say that it has been a very "profitable" business for the fundamentalist crowd. We believe in the second coming of Christ at the end of history. The rapture has Jesus coming back twice. Just a little something for you to think about.

      March 9, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • Amber

      Why do have to speak to me so harshly? I was merely giving a comment on what I think, I wasn't asking for someone to be so rude as to think that they know me nor that I don't know anything, I was just making my comment towards the article. I know a whole lot more than you think I know. I could rebuttle every statement you said, but I'm not going to because then I would be fighting with you like so many other people do on here. Which fulfills nothing but cruel words and vile/angry emotions. CNN lets us put our comments down because they want to hear what our opinions are, not to start up fights. So please, before you go putting cruel statements down towards folks please think before you speak. Words can be very painful. I never said anything to antagonize or stir up trouble nor did I ever attack anyone in my comment. So do not go telling me that I am an idiot and that I don't know what I am talking about, I wouldn't write something if I didn't have the knowledge to back it up. Just a little something for you to think about.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  5. Sane Person

    This is an invalid statement. There is no way of verifying any of the information in the bible therefore none of these claims are valid.

    March 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • ray Peck

      last night GOD came to me in a dream and told me I should collect all of the gold that the believers don't want, he also told me I should accept cash transfers to my bank account from anyone who wont be needing it after May 21

      March 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  6. 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 info see http://www.christmaitreya.org

    March 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  7. achristian1985

    Even the Lord Himself said that NO ONE (including Himself, ) knew the time of the end except the Father. PERIOD. However, Jesus directly and deliberately gave us very specific signs of the time of the end; the MAJOR one being the restoration of Israel as a nation. That UNIQUE event sets the clock ticking. It is possible to put together a correct correlation of the relevent prophecy pieces hidden throughout the Bible such that one can obtain an accurate SEQUENCE of (as yet) future events generally, and the last 7 years of this age specifically. BUT, again, the timing of the start of that last 7 years is unknown: being dependent on the interaction of free will on the part of man aligning itself with Divine Will {God wants neither 'couch-potato' lovers nor spiritual robots). See amessageforthehumanrace.org

    March 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  8. tallulah13

    Just horrific, that these people are terrifying their children with this nonsense. It's nothing short of abuse.

    However, its funny as heck that they ended up at the Gasparilla Pirate fest. That has to be one surreal show. With any luck, those traumatized children will wake up on the 22nd and leave the cult to become pirates! Yar!

    March 8, 2011 at 2:12 am |
  9. jennykiser123

    Giving away freebies and free samples is the best way for companies to introduce their products to you. Best place is "123 Get Samples" Best of all, there is no obligation on your part.

    March 8, 2011 at 1:20 am |
    • Bubba

      Can I get a free sample of Apocalypse Now? How about some Girl Scout cookies?

      March 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  10. Reality

    Bottom line: our apocalypse will start between now and 3-4 billion CE.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  11. Reality

    What else do we know:

    1. The Sun will burn out in 3-4 billion years so we have a time frame.

    2. Asteroids continue to whiz by us daily.

    3. One large hit and it is all over in a blast of permanent winter.

    4. There are enough nuclear weapons to do the same job.

    5. Most contemporary NT exegetes do not believe in the Second Coming so apparently there is no concern about JC coming back on an asteroid or cloud of raptors/rapture.

    Bottom line: our apocolypse will start between now and 3-4 billion CE.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  12. TheRationale

    It's going to be so funny when we're all here on May 22 and they're wondering what could have possibly gone wrong.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Bubba

      They will take poison in order to force God's hand. Someone take those kids away from them please.

      March 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  13. DS

    90% of the Bible is a collection of plagiarized fairytales, mostly from earlier Sumerian and Egytpian religions and mythology. The Jesus myth was copied off of a dozen earlier savior/son of gold cults. He's not coming back any sooner than Mithras, Horus or any of the others. Sorry folks.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • Justina

      @DS, the Bible and the life of Jesus are too profound to be compared with anything in existence. Others are jokes comparing to the depth of the Bible; the reason the Bible educated mankind and there are millions of Bible schools. We are all descendants of Adam and then Noah so we mankind did carry some primitive ideas on the one true God the Bible teaches. Only Hebrews kept the whole thing correctly and precisely, and now anyone who comes to Jesus gets saved.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
    • Q

      "We are all descendants of Adam and then Noah..." Apparently, you're not familiar with the deleterious effects of inbreeding in small isolated populations...

      March 8, 2011 at 1:54 am |
    • tallulah13

      I agree DS. It's amazing how much of the christian mythology is borrowed from older cults. It's even more amazing how christians are utterly blind to that fact.

      March 8, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • Paco

      It's not so amazing to me, as that sort of reaction is to be expected from someone who has been indoctrinated into an emotionally intense and delusionary belief system like religion.

      Please check out what indoctrination does to people.
      It is a crime against the very "soul" of a person. It is a crime against humanity.

      This isn't socialization where one interacts with the real world, but indoctrination where the belief system is wholly delusional – which leads to a schizophrenic response when the person is confronted with actual facts that contradict what is "believed" so deeply.
      They have been conditioned to this.
      It is not their fault, but they need to see that there are real-world negative consequences to their belief systems and how their delusions cannot "connect" to solving real-world problems since they are not internally consistent nor reliable in that way.
      It's about self-reinforcement of delusional thought patterns. Not amazing.
      Just very, very damaging to humanity and to each person.

      March 8, 2011 at 2:39 am |
    • Bubba

      Justina, you realize most people aren't Christians, right? It's a pretty small number worldwide. Most people are Hindus, Muslims, or Buddhists. MILLIONS of Bible schools? Really? I bet you are either exaggerating or outright lying, but it's OK because God lets Christians lie to advance their faith. No, wait, that's Muslims. Whatever.

      March 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  14. David Johnson

    Do Beee Do Be Dooo – Me singing.


    March 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • Justina

      Atheists sing meaninglessly...

      March 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Justina... yes but we have evidence we are doing it meaninglessly... better than whistling into the wind though.

      March 8, 2011 at 1:50 am |
    • Bubba

      Wow, Justina's kind of a mean Christian, ain't she? RAWR RAWR DON'T SING! All hatey and snarly at the unbelievers.

      March 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Here's a little song I like to sing...

      Maybe it's too late for an intellectual debate,
      but a residue of confusion remains.
      Changing with the times,
      and developmentally tortured minds
      are the average citizen's sources of pain.
      Tell me what we're fighting for
      I don't remember anymore,
      only temporary reprieve
      And the world might cease
      if we fail to tame the beast
      from the faith that you release
      comes an atheist peace.
      Political forces rent
      bitter cold winds of discontent
      and the modern age emerged triumphantly.
      But now it seems we've stalled
      And it's time to de-evolve
      and relive the dark chapters of history
      Tell me what we're fighting for
      No progress ever came from war,
      only a false sense of increase
      and the world won't wait
      for the truth upon a plate
      but we're ready now to feast on an atheist peace.

      – Bad Religion

      March 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  15. David Johnson

    @ Steve the whatever

    You said: "One thing is clear that nothing major will happen on May 21, 2011, according to the Holy Bible; that is, if the world makes it to May 20. It's easy to scorn these people, but it's good for all of us to be reminded the Lord Jesus is coming back to this world again any time."

    Jesus predicted He would be back in the 1st century. He didn't. He was busy being dead.

    Sorry to dash your hopes, but it's been 2000+ years...


    March 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • Justina

      David, Jesus didn't predict that, though He sounded as if the Endtime was imminent because it's true last 2,000 years are the last days for all nationals to be saved. What He said is true and benefitted all generations everywhere and we are facing things exactly as He had said as more time unfolds. Those who throughly studied the Bible always got the wholesome pictures, never rushing into errors. David, you should do something about your hatred toward God and His people. You are not the center of the world but Jesus is; admit your ignorance.

      March 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Steve, the real one

      Steve the whatever? Getting a little touchy in your old age, are you?

      March 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Steve, the real one

      OK Bible scholar, where is it recorded Jesus saying He would return in the first century? Either the Bible is wrong or you are. Wanna guess which way I 'm leaning?

      March 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  16. Justina

    One thing is clear that nothing major will happen on May 21, 2011, according to the Holy Bible; that is, if the world makes it to May 20. It's easy to scorn these people, but it's good for all of us to be reminded the Lord Jesus is coming back to this world again any time. Christians must evangelize and do God's work each and every day, loving God and humanity in holiness and living out the very best. And there are certain signs for the Endtime written in the Bible; it's good to review them again at this point.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Hi Justina..No amount of real evidence will convince you that the bible is a man made object manufactured to control minds. I heard it was written by an atheist 2000 years ago as a way to get info on the human mind looking to understand gullibility... and it appears it was great su-ccess. Now my hypothesis has as much validity as yours..unless you can prove it wrong of course.

      March 8, 2011 at 1:38 am |
    • Mao


      Hi Justina..No amount of real evidence will convince you that the bible is a man made object manufactured to control minds. I heard it was written by an atheist 2000 years ago as a way to get info on the human mind looking to understand gullibility... and it appears it was great su-ccess. Now my hypothesis has as much validity as yours..unless you can prove it wrong of course.

      Let's see. For it to have been written 2000 years ago (as you claim)... that places it 11 AD... and yet we have the Dead Sea Scrolls that predate your claim.

      Smart remarks get you nowhere and reduce people's opinion. If you want people to take you seriously and stop ignoring you, take seriously the issues you comment on.

      March 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • sunnygirl

      it can't end until after july 5th. that's when i see u2 in concert!

      March 29, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  17. Steve (the real one)

    Ridiculous! I suppose these folks never heard of the 1000 year reign of Christ on Earth nor have they heard of the 7 years period know as the tribulation! These are false prophets and are to be shunned. They remind me of Edgar Wisenhut ( I think) anyway, he wrote a book ent-itled 88 reasons why Christ would return in return in 1988. He wrote another book about 10 year slater whit "a new and improved" prediction. Needless to say he was wrong BOTH times just as these people will be found out to be!

    March 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Wasn't the NT the new and improved version of the OT. I am sure that if we don't see the smiling face of JC back here soon religions will be will be co-ming up with a newer version.

      March 8, 2011 at 1:48 am |
  18. The Bobinator

    And when the world doesn't end, will these people sit back and say "Wow, we used faith to make a claim which was wrong, maybe we shouldn't use faith to base our opinion on things because it's led us down the wrong path".?

    Of course not.

    March 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Evan

      This theory isn't Biblically supported. Some believe the Great Flood, which takes place near the beginning of Genesis, took place in the year 4990 B.C. We must remember, this date is only speculated; if it's off even a year, this whole "May 21, 2011" thing is off track. 2 Peter 3:8 says "...one day is as one thousand years...". Genesis 7:4 says "Seven days...". They then multiply 1000 by 7, add that to -4990, which gives us the year 2011. We must remember that "one-thousand years" and "seven days" are in no way related to end of the world, nor are they related to each other. Then, Genesis 7:11 says "...the seventeenth day of the second month...". Using the Hebrew Calendar. That's May 21. Again, "seventeenth day of the second month..." is in no way related to the end of the world. Basically, these people took random parts of the Bible, did some strange math with them, and come out with a date that is during our time. This is not Biblically supported.

      Now, Jesus could indeed return on May 21, 2011. However, he is just as likely to return anything other day.

      March 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • David Johnson


      No He isn't. Check out my comment to Justina and what's his name.


      March 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Eli

      @Ethan – Awesome comment. I just like to say "We're closer than we were yesterday." 😀

      March 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Jesús Malverde

      Evan and Zues could pop out of my rear with lightning bolts and Santa could land on my roof. Perhaps Superman will appear? lol

      March 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
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