Judgment Day: Will May 21, 2011 Be The End Of The World?


Artist’s imagining of Judgement Day. Thomas Jackson/Getty Images.

According to a small Christian movement, yes, it will.

The movement, led by Harold Camping who runs the evangelical station Family Radio, is predicting that mid-May of this year will bring about Judgment Day–the time when, according to some, the earth will be destroyed due to mankind’s sins and all Christian believers will ascend to heaven.

(More on TIME.com: Cinematic Vision of the Apocalypse)

Apparently Camping believes this will occur on May 21st because of a mathematical system he created to interpret prophecies hidden in the Bible.

While this prediction is pretty eerie in light of the mysterious animal deaths in Arkansas, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time that Camping has predicted the end of the world.

He originally used his mathematical system to predict Sept. 6, 1994 as Judgement Day. (via NPR)

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/01/03/judgement-day-will-may-21-2011-be-the-end-of-the-world/#ixzz1A1EB5o8X

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22 Responses

  1. Sue, Interesting article.
    Matthew 25:13
    “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”
    Camping has already proved himself to be a fraud by past “prophecy” failures..
    Judgment Day, the End of The World and the the taking up of Believers in Jesus Christ are three different Biblical events.

  2. 1 Thessalonians 5

    1But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

    2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

    3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

    2 Peter 3:10

    But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

    Revelation 16:15

    Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

    Matthew 24:35-37

    35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

    36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

    37But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    Mark 13:31-33

    31Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

    32But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

    33Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

    • Churches never mention these verses that state the believers will know more than the unbeliervers like when christ will return, ask your minister what these verses mean! I am sure that he will not have an answer.

      1 Thessalonians 5:
      4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
      5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
      6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

  3. This is from Spurgeon on date setters…

    “You will hear of me in Bedlam when you hear such rubbish as that from me. The Lord may come in 1866, and I shall be glad to see Him; but I do not believe He will, and the reason I do not believe He will is, because of these twopenny-halfpenny false prophets say He will. If they said that He would not come, I should begin to think He would; but, inasmuch as they are all crying out as one man that He will come in 1866 or 1867, I am inclined to think He will not arrive at any such time. It seems to me that there are a great many prophecies which must be fulfilled before the coming of Christ, which will not be fulfilled within the next twelve months; and I prefer to stand in the position of a man who knows neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man commeth, looking always for His appearing, but never interfering with those dates and figures which seem to me only proper amusement for young ladies who have nothing else to do, and who take to that instead of reading novels, and for certain divines who have exhausted their stock of knowledge about sound doctrine, and therefore try to gain a little ephemeral popularity by shuffling texts of Scripture, as the Norwood gypsies shuffled cards in days gone by.” Charles Spurgeon

    • Isaac Newton was the greatest genius that every lived and and spent more than half his life trying to date the return of Christ. His estimation was approx 2100.

      He knew that a date could be found!

      I think Spurgeon never read the folling verses:

      1 Thessalonians 5:
      4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
      5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
      6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

  4. thanks Dawn ! Thanks Jack. I don’t know how people can make dates when Jesus said He didn’t know the hour!! ???

  5. It’s a head scratcher isn’t it?

  6. 2 Peter, Chapter 3
    3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
    4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
    5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
    6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
    7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

  7. Found this on a site, here’s some of it, its interesting:
    But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Mark 13:32

    But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Matthew 24:36

    Is that the final Word on His Word? Whenever I get quoted these versus (which is daily), I ask, is it ok then to know the week? Would you settle for the month? If you are smiling just a little you see that we must read these versus, and all versus, in the context in which the Master was saying them.
    Here, when Jesus says, no man knows, He was refering to the time. Those with Him, at that time, did not know the time of His return and He tells
    them so. He did not want to discuss it with them because it was not their business at the time. Their business was to start the Church age and get the
    gospel out.
    Does God want us to know the timeline of man? Could it be that He would put it in the Bible? I believe so. Bishop Ussher took a guess at it and declared that 4004 BC was the start date of creation. Of course, once we start thinking about some of the problems associated with this date, as in the flood completely wiping out Egyptian civilization and yet no record of it, it just can’t be. Sadly, this turned mathematicians and scientific folks off even more so. But If God did put it in the Bible, then He hid it, as with so many other things He has hid from man and even hardened the hearts of men so when they do hear, don’t believe it!

    And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words [are] closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Daniel 12:9

    What did God seal up until the time of the end? The answer is obvious, His return information. While most are quoting the above versus, others are studying, (watching), as instructed. Why would they watch? For more information of course.

    Let’ take a deeper look into these passages by looking at the Greek.

    About yet the day that and the hour not-yet-one has-perceived not-yet the messengers of the heavens if no the Father of Me only. Matthew 24:36


    Does it take on a little bit different meaning now? Albeit rougher english, the passage is more in line with the its real meaning.
    At the time of Christ saying it, no one knew, only God. But would it always be that way? Not according to the words in this verse.

  8. An Open letter to Harold Camping, Family Radio and to the supporters of
    “Judgment Day: 21 May 2011.”

    Many of you have bought the lies, flawed logic and faulty interpretation of scripture (Based on Eisegesis, Numerology, Mysticism, False Allegory, and bad Logic) by a false teacher, Harold Camping. You have made great changes in your lives and at a great cost to yourselves, your family, friends and society. All based on Camping’s predictions, a so called teacher of scripture, whose track record in predicting End-time scenarios is 100% Wrong. Many of you will just dismiss your teacher’s error by some of his manipulative ways, perhaps burying your head in a theological bed of sand, but there he stands; 100% wrong as to September of 1994.

    I plead with you to re-reconsider your decision; cut your losses thus far in supporting this one man’s lies and delusions, and return to serving our Lord and Savior in Truth and Grace.

    Perhaps it is an overused scripture reference, but in needs repeating. As it concerns the issues of the end times, scripture is very clear: “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (NIV Matt 24:36) No matter what kind of twisted logic and scripture manipulation you use, the plain meaning is very clear. Some will argue that scripture tells us elsewhere that we can discern this date. If that is so, then scripture ceases to be authoritative, clear, and becomes contradictory. No one knows, not even Harold Camping, or those who wish to push and support his lies and deceptions. Jesus as a Human Agent on this earth did not know, the fact that as Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity does know, is not an argument against Matthew 24:36. Nor does it back Camping or anyone else who likes to play scriptural gymnastics to hold on to a point that scripture is clear about.

    Harold Camping was wrong when he predicted the end of the world between 15 September and 27 September 1994. In his book “1994?” which outlines his predictions for that false prophecy, he spends over 500 pages telling us when the end times would come. But it only takes about five seconds to read (and re-read if necessary) Matthew 24:36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (That includes Harold Camping) Every single argument in his book is answered from one verse in “The Book.”

    As to his latest hype and false predictions, no amount of writing by Camping, dedication on the part of his followers to spread the false prediction, links on the Net or Facebook anecdotes or referring to 21 May 2011 as “Fact” can detract from the truth of: “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

    Is there something about Harold Camping that the Church in two thousand years has not recognized or learned? Is Camping that Special? A Prophet? or the Son of a Prophet? If so he would have been stoned to death according to the teachings on false prophets from the book of Deuteronomy “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18:22).

    Camping was wrong before, and he would have been wrong again, with another future prediction that he was ready to make. It is a well known fact, within his inner circle at the time, that Camping was about to make and publish another false prediction. Those within his inner circle warned him that they would leave his organization if Camping attempted to write another book predicting the end of the world, which Camping was thinking of doing in the late 1990’s early 2000s. Camping relented and many of them stayed, but with great suspicions in their minds.

    Perhaps those of the inner circle are now gone, and that is why he has once again, contrary to the clear teaching of scripture, made a prediction about an event that “No one knows about that day.” Camping shakes his fist at a Holy and Righteous God, with his arrogance in deceiving hundreds of thousands and making a mockery of the Church.

    I wish to make a prediction here as well; one based from reading scripture and from reading about the scores of false predictions made by Christian leaders and authors. Those of you who have left families, sold your possessions, turned over homes and properties, canceled life plans, such as: having children, marriage, and school to name but a few, you will reap the tears and pain of the seeds of deception that Camping has planted. Cut your losses now, return to your lives, families, school, have your children, marry your loved one. Restore sanity and sobriety to your lives. For on the 22nd of May 2011, you will be unreservedly devastated if you continue on your course of action with this prediction. I hasten to add this, but my predictions about Camping’s prediction, as well as that of dozens of other leaders and ministries in the past 20 years in reference to end time scenarios, to include the Y2K debacle, all have all come true. I have been 100% correct about end time predictions, unlike Camping who has been 100% Wrong.

    Perhaps as you are reading this letter you will think me a fool, deceived, to be pitied and feel compelled to pray over me for enlightenment. But what will you say on the 22nd of May 2011 when you are still here? When Camping’s predictions are wrong, once again. What will be your testimony about God? His Kingdom? His Word and Holy Spirit? Will those around you marvel at the God you claim to follow? Or find more reason to ridicule the Church, Scripture and Christ?

    21 May 2011 will come and go, and unless the Lord calls anyone one of us home on or before that day, the world will continue. More than likely, so will Camping with his excuses and rationalizations. So will many if his followers, who had lost so much proclaiming a falsehood.

    But what of you? Your Family? Children? Homes? Education?

    On the 22nd of May 2011, if Lord willing I have not departed this earth in Death to be with the Lord, I will look for your Confessions, Repentance and Condemnation of the false teachings and beliefs associated with the end times of Camping. Of Harold Camping and the Family Radio Organization, may God lead them to compensate all of the people who spent their life savings and money allocated to education and paying bills in such an economy, as Scripture directs Christians to do, when they have taken advantage of others. I also hope and pray that other Christian ministries, who now do business with Camping and Family Radio, will hold them accountable and responsible for this Spiritual Pollution.

    May God Have mercy on all those who have fallen under this delusion, and to those who spread it.

  9. Dear Kirigma,

    The owner of the blog (me) does not believe in the delusions of Camping.


    • Praise God!!!

      May you and youir blog be an instrument God uses to touch the life of even one deceived believer.


  10. Nobody believed Noah about the coming flood.
    The Pharoah did not believe, until his son died.
    Many people are laughing at me, but on the 21st of May 2011, I will be laughing at them. I do not want to be left behind, when all hell will break loose.
    Praise God for the Judgment Day 21 May 2011.

    • It is recorded for us in Scripture that God spoke to both Noah and Moses. Moses was also demonstrating great wonders from God.

      The only thing Camping has demonstrated is that he was dead-wrong in his previous prediction and thus has a proven track-record, of being wrong.

      He has also demonstrated a lack of Theological consistency on major doctrines and a refusal to be held accountable.

      If this is what you are basing your decisions on about 21 MAy 2011, you will be greatly disappointed, as will hundreds of others.

      God’s peace to you;especially as you wake up on the 22nd of May 2011 on this earth.

  11. its all a lie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Yikes, I better get my house packed up! LOL

    This same regurgatation has been spewed out by false prophets for centuries.

    Pete, those warning passages from Jesus that you are referring to (Mat 24) were fulfilled by the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The Christians living in Jerusalem at the time, took heed of the warning signs that Jesus preached and fled before the destruction. If you know history, you would know that this was recorded by the early Christians who fled and survived. In fact, early writings show that NO Christians were killed because they fled as they saw the signs being fulfilled. These early writings say that those were the exact passages that they heeded and survived.

    Here is a quick history lesson on this passage, I think you might find it very interesting:


    Great post, Sue! I saw these signs when driving from North Carolina to Virginia. They were all along I-95! They must have put out some big money for this campaign! I was like,”pull the car over honey and give me a hug ’cause we only got a couple more weeks on this earth”. Hahaha, just kidding.

    Like Spurgeon says, I think we can pretty much mark May 21, 2011 off the calendar of Jesus’ return.

  13. Hi Dawn. So true. Newton did read himself into heresy. Why is it people of high intelligence think they can out-think God?
    A couple of days ago, Hawkings said that heaven was a fairy tale. He’s too smart for his own good. He’s got book-smarts, but WISDOM is a gift of God. And true Wisdom always says God is right, and I am wrong.

  14. who is man to play God in predictions,you give us nightmares about, i am still in the baby fase of being a christian. stop playing GOD!

  15. I saw that article Sue. You’re right. Wisdom is a gift from God. As it stands right now, Hawkings is speaking nonsense and his nonsense is no worse than Harold Camping.

    So when May 22 comes around, will Camping give all the money back that his faithful followers have donated to him for this campaign? I think not. He’ll just start working on another date, just like he did last time.

    Deuteronomy 18:22

    When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

  16. First, I must say that I believe in Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Savior.
    The events of the past few months have been disturbing, (birds, fish dying in the thousands, wars, earthquakes, tsunami’s, etc), if nothing else, but to take note and refer to the book of Revelatoins….but I must agree with previous others who say (and it is written) that No Man will no the date of the second coming.
    Unfortunately, there are those in this world who take hold and take advantage of fearful Christians who have a genuine and sincere belief in God. I truly believe that those who follow his teachings are so scared about what’s going on in the world, they will hold on to whatever hem seems to have what appears to be a “bible-based” explanation. Don’t get me wrong….I believe that there will be a second coming. I also believe in what the scriptures state. Any person can twist those words to validate his/her version of theology.

    I pray that those who wake up on the 22nd will not allow the failure of their prophet to disuade them from seeking God, according to the Bible.

  17. many MANY theologians have done that Biblical math & not one of them comes up with a different timeline than 2017. It’s amazing that even with a 24 hour every day tool like the internet that the correct information still never sinks in with the minion

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