Group says judgment day is May 21 2011
Mon, 16 May 2011 21:21:19 GMT —
Update: May 24th, 9:55 a.m.
Harold Camping has made a new prediction on when the world will end. If you want to know when it is, check out our updated story by clicking here.
Update: May 21st, 9:00 a.m.
It appears Harold Camping and his group "Family Radio" have gotten it wrong. In his prediction, the rapture would have started at 6pm GMT, beginning with an earthquake. The waves of raptures would then continue around the globe, through each time zone.
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Update: May 20th, 8:40 a.m.
NBC25's sister station, WDIV-TV, has a list of the top 21 reasons why the end of the world can't happen on May 21st. Check them out here, and then let us know what you think.
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Update May 18, 2011 11:00 a.m.
The New York Daily News says a former MTA worker has spent all of his retirement savings to warn people of the end of the world Saturday, May 21, 2011. The report says 60-year-old Robert Fitzpatrick has spent $140,000 in a mass transit advertising campaign to warn people of judgment day.
Update May 17, 2011 4:50 p.m.
Moral theologian Robert Byrne with the Diocese of Saginaw says he does not agree with setting specific days for judgment day, but he says the recent talk about May 21, 2011 should cause Christians to evaluate their lives.
Byrne says throughout history people have looked at historic dates as possibly the end of the world. He says there was tremendous fear the Mediterranean world at the end of the first millennium. He says the pope at the time held a mass in December and many believed it would be the last one.
Monday, NBC25 was unable to speak at length with the group Family Radio that says May 21st 2011 is judgment day.
Tuesday, NBC25 spoke with a representative about why he believes this is it.
"The signs are here. We're at judgment day," says Tom Evans, media representative for Family Radio.
He says the signs of the end are obvious from the Bible saying the worldwide flood happened in 4990 BC. He says you add to that the year 2011, then subtract one year because there was no year zero, and you get 7000.
He points to II Peter 3:8 which says, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
Evans points out Matthew 24:37 which says, "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the son of man be."
"We believe God was telling Noah and us now not only did Noah have seven days to get into the ark, and be ready for the flood, he was also telling mankind 'You have 7,000 years to get ready for when I come back and get into Jesus Christ."
Evans says Saturday is the 7,000 year anniversary of the flood.
Some Christians respond with Matthew 24:36 which says, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."
Evans says that's talking about unbelievers not knowing. "If you look at Revelation 3:3, God says that he will come upon you as a thief unless you watch, but if you watch, you will know the time."
Evans also says the independence of the nation of Israel in 1948 and the gay pride movement are signs that we are in the last days.
Family Radio says May 21st is the 17th day of the second month in the Jewish calendar. It says that's the same day as the worldwide flood.
Update: May 17, 2011 1:10 p.m.
Family Radio media representative Tom Evans tells NBC25 he believes May 21, 2011 is judgment day based on the belief that it is the 7,000 year anniversary of the world wide flood.
When asked how he would feel if nothing happened Saturday, Evan says that question is like asking Noah if the flood was really coming.
See the complete story at 6PM on NBC25 News and connectmidmichigan.com.
Update: May 17, 8:45 a.m.
Family Radio has called NBC25 back. We are going to interview representatives, and have more details on why they believe the end of the world is Saturday on NBC25 News at 6:00 p.m.
Some people believe the end of the world is near and a few groups believe that end will come Saturday.
The group Family Radio says judgment day is just five days away and that the Bible guarantees it.
A video on its website says, "This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord their God." The group believes God's elect know when the end of the world will be and that unbelievers don't. The video goes on to say, "God has commanded us to warn them that they sword is coming. May 21, 2011 is the day of judgment."
Midland's WUGN 99.7FM Family Life Radio says people have been confusing Family Radio with Family Life Radio. Station manager Peter Brooks says, "Family Life Radio has nothing to do with this organization and we do not endorse their predictions." Brooks also says the group goes against what Matthew 24:36 says, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
"The Bible says that nobody knows when Christ will return. We do agree that Jesus will return. We think the Bible is clear on that, and we stand on that. But we do not think anyone including the founder of this organization knows when Christ is coming back because the Bible clearly says that's not the case," says Brooks.
Family Radio has put up billboards in highly populated areas warning people of judgment day May 21st.
The founder, Harold Camping, says his more than 50-years of studying the Bible qualifies him as an authority on the matter.
Some Christians are questioning his credibility.
"Our biggest concern frankly has less to do with Family Life Radio and the possible confusion as it does with people hearing about this who are not Christ followers and say 'There goes those crazy Christians again,'" says Brooks.
Camping says Family Radio owns and operates 66 broadcast stations, including one in Schoolcraft, Michigan, south of Kalamazoo.
NBC25 spoke twice Monday with a representative from Family Radio.
He told NBC25 Harold Camping was unavailable for comment.
Family Life Radio's president Randy Carlson also responded to the controversy on his website.