What's rather amusing about this is we have seen these idiotic predictions come and go. From The Great Disappointment of 1844 to Y2K, people almost seem eager to have their real problems erased by some form of divine worldwide devastation. If you look at it logically, it becomes clear that the majority of these end of the world scenarios are nothing more than juvenile fantasies thought up by people who can't handle the perplexities of reality and thus have been seduced by an apocalyptic faith so that they can escape their current reality and find another which is more suitable to their psychological ineptitude. What's truly amusing, more so than anything, is that if these people understood prophecy then they would realize that the Bible states that the end of the world will happen at the arrival of the anti-Christ and that when he comes none shall know it is him. This presents us with a problem because almost every single century after the death of Jesus, some religious sect or another has claimed that the anti-Christ is among us and that the end is nigh, which nullifies the prophecy to begin with making it self-defeating. If we are to be ignorant of the end of the world when it comes and there's always some mentally unstable individual or group who are predicting the coming of the end then the end cannot come to fruition as described in Biblical prophecy. Simply put, the prophecies of the Bible rely on people not expecting them to come true in order for them to come true because the Bible was written and compiled during a time when it was a minority religion and they wished to scare people into entering the faith. However, now that Judeo-Christian religion is and has been the dominant religion for well over a thousand years, people are willing to take the Bible literally and thus negate the predictions found therein. If you threaten people with an empty prediction of impending disaster in order to get them on your side, then once the majority of people are on your side, the prediction disproves itself. As most prophecies do. Apparently, God's got a sense of irony.
I just called my banks and they said they do not honor the apocalypse so you could not skip out on paying your bills for a month. The guy who made the prediction said he needed $$ to pay bills too...wow! what a scam!
The more a religious leader tries to predict the end of the world, the more it will not come true. I remember Van Impe and others...but hey I give them credit for being bold enough to try (however dumb their motivations may be).
Jokes aside, I just heard in the news last night that an old man tried to euthanize his own pets to prepare for the apocalypse....saying that he didn't want them to suffer the trials and tribulations. Thankfully, the animal control and sheriff's dept. were able to take the animals away from him. Ok, now this is disturbing, some people are actually taking this prophecy seriously.
The 2011 end times prediction is a prediction made by Christian radio host Harold Camping that the Rapture (in Christian belief, the taking up into heaven of God's elect people) will take place on May 21, 2011 and that the end of the world as we know it will take place five months later on October 21, 2011. These predictions were made by Camping, president of the Family Radio Christian network, who claims the Bible as his source and says May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment "beyond the shadow of a doubt". His followers claim that around 200 million people (approximately 3% of the world's population) will be raptured.
Camping's predictions have not been embraced by most other Christian groups; some have explicitly rejected them. An interview with a group of church leaders noted that all of them have scheduled services as usual for Sunday, May 22. Camping previously claimed that the world would end in September, 1994.