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Saturday, May 21, 2011

0 The Rapture and The Ticking of the Clock

Is the Doomsday Really In The Offing?

It's 5:03 p.m. here in the Philippines (as of blogging) and the clock is definitely ticking on the feared "start of the Judgment Day."

Supporters of the California-based Family Radio, a Christian broadcasting network, believe that May 21, 2011--today--will mark the Day of Rapture or the day when Christian believers are suddenly removed from the Earth before the second coming of Christ. Family Radio also believes that five months from now--or on October 21, 2011--the end of the world will take place.

Rapture predictions are certainly nothing new. Wikipedia has filed some notable rapture predictions:

  • 1844 - William Miller predicted Christ would return between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844, then revised his prediction, claiming to have miscalculated Scripture, to October 22, 1844. The realization that the predictions were incorrect resulted in a Great Disappointment. Miller's theology gave rise to the Advent movement. The Baha'is believe that Christ did return as Miller predicted in 1844, with the advent of The Báb, and numerous Miller-like prophetic predictions from many religions are given in William Sears book, Thief in The Night.
  • 1914, 1918, 1925, 1942 - Dates set for the end by the Jehovah's Witnesses
  • 1981 - Chuck Smith predicted that Jesus would probably return by 1981.
  • 1988 - Publication of 88 Reasons why the Rapture is in 1988, by Edgar C. Whisenant.
  • 1989 - Publication of The final shout: Rapture report 1989, by Edgar Whisenant. More predictions by this author appeared for 1992, 1995, and other years.
  • 1992 - Korean group "Mission for the Coming Days" predicted October 28, 1992 as the date for the rapture.
  • 1993 - Seven years before the year 2000. The rapture would have to start to allow for seven years of the Tribulation before the Return in 2000. Multiple predictions.
  • 1994 - Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles predicted June 9, 1994. Radio evangelist Harold Camping predicted September 6, 1994.
  • 2011 - Harold Camping's revised prediction has May 21, 2011 as the date of the rapture.
  • 2060 - Sir Isaac Newton proposed, based upon his calculations using figures from the book of Daniel, that the Apocalypse could happen no earlier than 2060.

If ever these Family Radio guys are right, we Filipinos have only less than an hour (it's 5:35 p.m. now) to . . . I really don't know! Pack some holy stuff, maybe?

If there is one thing I'm sure of, my father is celebrating his 53rd birthday today!

Happy birthday, Didi! I love you.

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