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My last column

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This is my last and final column.

Well, it might be.

It could be, that is, if Preacher Harold Camping is right.

The Rev’d Camping, leader of the Oakland, CA-based Family Radio World, an independent Christian ministry, has announced that, at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011, the end of the world begins with a massive earthquake. Since that’s just a few hours away, I thought that you should know in case there’s anything you need to do to get ready.

Like the man in New York, for instance, who withdrew his entire life savings of $140,000 to buy ads to warn people that time is up, come May 21. Or like the 32-year-old

Army veteran of two deployments in Iraq — she has dedicated the last six months to helping “spread the word.” Or like the folks who have taken out full-page ads in national newspapers and have put billboards all over the country.

According to an Associated Press report, Camping, 89, believes the Bible essentially functions as a cosmic calendar explaining exactly when various prophecies will be fulfilled. The retired civil engineer said all his calculations come from close readings of the Bible, but that external events like the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948 are signs confirming the date.

“Beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment,” he said. The doctrine known as the Rapture teaches that believers will be taken up to heaven, while everyone else will remain on earth for a period of torment, concluding with the end of time. Camping believes that will happen in October.

“If May 21 passes and I’m still here, that means I wasn’t saved.” We shall see.

Camping isn’t the first, nor will he be the last, to set a date for the end of the world and the return of Christ. Back in the 1840s William Miller predicted that Christ would come during 1843 or 1844. According to Wikipedia, Jehovah’s Witnesses set the date for Christ’s return at 1914. They also predicted when 1914 didn’t work out, that Christ would come in 1918. Again, new dates were set for 1925, 1942, and 1975.

The Church teaches, of the return of Jesus Christ, that “he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end” (Nicene Creed).

However, Jesus himself, and the church throughout the centuries, has taught that no one, not even the angels in Heaven, know when this will occur.

Prior to the year 2000, predictions of the end of the world were so rampant that one Christian magazine referred to the phenomenon as “millennium madness.”

In the 1980s, Edgar C. Whisenant wrote a book, “88 Reasons why the Rapture Will be in 1988.” He wrote a revised edition re-predicting the return of Christ in 1989. And again in 1992. And yet again in 1995. Some people reading Whisenant’s book maxed out their credit cards believing they would never have to repay the debt. Other folks put their pets to sleep in anticipation of a 1988 Rapture.

I suppose Camping could be right and that he is not just one more false prophet deluding gullible people. Perhaps May 21 is the final curtain call and this will be my last column.

If he’s right, I don’t need to prepare a sermon for Sunday, I do need to figure out what to do with our two cats, and this will be my last column.

But, just in case, I’m keeping the cats, planning the Sunday sermon, and I’m already working on next week’s column.

[David Epps is the pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Sharpsburg]

Comments

Tell me, it can't be so. As someone said yesterday, this cannot happen, as I would miss Oprah's last show!

Cyclist's picture

It can't end tomorrow. I have to finish waxing the trailer so I can take the boss to the beach in a few weeks. :-)

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Waxing the trailer...now there's a job you don't hear mentioned often on here. As I don't have a clue, can it be to keep the salt water off from it?

I've done some waxing, but never a trailer.:)

Cyclist's picture

The trailer.....well it makes it pretty. Anyways, it gets done once a year and it does help along with the fresh water rinsing. At least it's not a big rig.

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I think we all feel and look better with a fresh water rinsing.
Good luck and don't work too hard doing it.

Have a wonderful time with the sand between the toes down there and, of course, many a cold beverage.

Cyclist's picture

and the world hasn't ended. I guess I better get out and finish waxing the trailer before it gets hot.

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Children: God's message that he wants the world to continue. Have a blessed day!

PTC Observer's picture

Maybe it's EST because the guy is in North Carolina? We're not out of the woods yet. I hope it's in the PM because I can get a few odds and ends finished before the rapture starts.

I do feel a little better now because DM has a direct connection to God and we are now safe according to her.

PTC Observer's picture

Is that going to be AM or PM? I have a few errands to run first.

I beleive it's sundown....knock your self out till then. Or is it knock yourself out then?

But, he didn't say whether that was Eastern, Middle, or Western that I heard.

I think he is in California so would guess it may be 9:00 tomorrow evening before the earthquake hit....but I don't know where it will hit, maybe in Singapore!

I also don't know if there will be debre from the sky striking the earth---didn't hear. A large earthquake though would stir up volcanos where we would have running 2000 degree lava everywhere.

The biggest ripper down of structures would probably be tsunamis from the earthquakes like we had in Japan.

Will the astronauts now in the sky be OK? Is there anyone yet on the moon----what about them?

I wouldn't advise any coal or gold miners or salt miners to go under tomorrow though.

I want you to know that I have no idea if this fellow has that equation worked out, nor why Moses and them would have decided to put it down in that fashion. I tried his formula and it didn't match any of the logic I know about Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, or percentages that I know, but what do I know when compared to this 92 year old dude.

Does anyone know what the Pentagon plans are tomorrow?
Will the Vatican City be safe? Does Buddah and Allah participate in this thing?

Now I am really getting concerned, not for me but for Khadafi and that fellow in Syria!

Defies logic. Gotta bring the shuttle commander back to his bride, Gabby, so no, can't happen tomorrow.

I don't want you on here all night fretting over this, ok?

Well I'm ready,no matter which time zone

but dont let it linger like opra and please dont ask us to write in to say whether you should or should not. go grace and gracefully.

I heard on the news that the same people that have predicted that today is the day for the rapture have also provided a web site so you can make sure that your pets will have a good home. I think I'll just take mine with me.

Cyclist's picture

and trailer is waxed and almost ready for the beach and the boss is happy.

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you and the boss have a mini-rapture going for yourselves already. Way to go!

PTC Observer's picture

Did I miss something?

I am still here......OMG it's, it's a miracle!!!

DM was right, God does want us to be happy after all!!

Cyclist's picture

Nope, you didn't miss a thing. I was out in my workshop/garage today spending quality time with the "beast". Egad it was hot in there.

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