Will the world end in 2011? Well, it hasn't yet

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When Christ returns, he will bring the fucking lasers.
There's been a lot of John Cusak-related hubbub about the end of the Mayan calendar meaning the end of the world, but Harold Camping isn't buying that crap. "It's like a fairy tale," he chuckles.

Because by the time 2012 comes around, according to Camping, who developed his theory with "biblical math," it'll all be over, anyway; he's certain "beyond a shadow of a doubt" that the world will end on May 21, 2011 -- and a lot of people are convinced he's right, including Marie Exley, a Colorado Springs woman leading a growing organization of people devoted to getting Camping's word out/mildly troubling their friends and relatives with evangelism and creepy billboards (Exley herself spent $1,200 dollars on them -- she's unemployed, just by the way). Until then, here's a few end-of-days scenarios that did not come to pass.

For your convenience, we've broken it down chronologically, by year of predicted apocalypse; some dates are more specific than others. We're also guessing that, even though all the information we could find on world-ending prophesy came post-anno domini, probably some folks in the pre-Judeo-Christian era had their own ideas about when it all would end, too. As it turns out, though, people didn't have to wait too long after Christ for the predictions to start rolling in.

5. Hippolytus: 400 A.D.
Running on the biblical theory of the seventh day being one of rest, Hippolytus calculated way back in the third century that some 5,500 years had passed between the creation of Adam and the birth of Christ. When 6,000 years were up, he figured, that would be the seventh day of the Lord, and then it was all over; therefore, since they were somewhere around 5,800 right then, the world had about two centuries left to go, putting the final coming around the year 400. By most accounts, it's true that that year sucked -- but it wasn't, as they say, the end of the world.

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It was rough, but London pulled through.
4. 1,000 + Sign of the Beast = curtains
The post-Christ calender having been solidified in most parts of Europe about 800 years earlier, people were able to get much more specific with their predictions, given that they agreed upon an idea of time. Thus, 1666, which is what you get when you add 666 to 1,000, was predicted to bring the end times. Despite a particularly shitty year in London, which experienced a devestating bubonic plague outbreak and the famously harsh London fire, time continued marching ever forward.

3. Joseph Smith turns 85: 1890
When the founder of the Church of Latter-day Saints asked God to give him an ETA on the Second Coming, the Lord, in typically inscrutable style, gave him more of a riddle: "Joseph, my son, if thou livest until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man; therefore let this suffice, and trouble me no more on this matter." But that line leaves us with more certainty that Smith was getting on the Lord's nerves than the date of the Second Coming; if Smith had lived to see 85, that would've pegged the date at 1890. He didn't, though -- apparently, he had also gotten on the nerves of an angry mob.

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2. The planets are aligned, baby: 1982
The only one of these not based on religion, this one is based on science, albeit shitty science. In 1974, John Gribbin, Ph.D., and Stephen Plagemann published the best-selling Jupiter Effect, which theorized that the alignment of all nine planets (there were nine then) in the solar system on one side of the sun would have Armageddon-like gravitational effects on earth -- and even though it was considered pretty thin science even at the time, mass panic ensued. One year after it didn't happen, the two published The Jupiter Effect Revisited, in which they theorized the effect had actually taken place in 1980, triggering the eruption of Mount St. Helens, even though there was no planetary alignment in that year. Fifteen years after that, Gribbin said of his former theory, "I'm sorry I ever had anything to do with it."



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This is Harold Camping. No, for real.
1. Harold Camping again: 1994
Yeah, remember him? He's the guy predicting the End of Days for May 21 -- despite his pretty poor track record of world-end prophesy so far. Back in 1992, based on the same calculations he drew his current conclusions from, Camping predicted the world would end pretty close to September 6, 1994. When the Rapture failed to materialize then, Camping went right back to crunching the numbers. Remember, Harod: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.



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robbay
robbay

Truth be told.. noone can EVER predict the second coming.. its said so in the bible... I don't think its going to happen on the 21st but for a fact I do know its coming soon.. so many signs are pointing to it!! I hope your prepared... bc apparently a life after christs return is the most miserable one you'll ever face...

Fred
Fred

Remember Camping is not selling anything on the radio to make money. Family radio was always free to the listerners.What has he to gain by sticking his neck out like this???If the end comes, he is off and if the end does not come he is off. He is doing this because he truly believes God is using him for this message. What does he have to gain? I don;t have the kind of courage he has. Just think what he is putting out there.I remember the professors in Seminary telling us that the Genelogies in the Bible are only important to trace the line of the prophets. They discounted the actually life spans. Think of it, It would take an engineer to learn the significance of the numbers so God could give us a warning of the actually end.Whether he is right of wrong we will know it in less than 4 months.But, you have to ask yourself, look at the state of the world. That is more scary than judgment day. What the heck is going yo happen to us if May 21, 2011 does not happen.

Fred
Fred

Sooner or later one of these predictions has got to be right! Look at the world today. How would you fix it?The world is in such a mess our only hope is God's return. You who don't want him to return, ask yourself: Who is going to help the world. The world is truly beyond any human help. No jobs, no money, no future. Governments around the world in unrest! Greed and violence and vice has already destroyed our world. Now our only salvation is the Lord's intervention.

Daniel 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? 9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Fred
Fred

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.

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