May 21, 2011 Judgment Day: A lot of people are talking about it -- so much so that it's become a trending topic on Yahoo Search Philippines;
and on Twitter;
But should we buy it?
The Man Behind May 21, 2011 Judgment Day Prophecy
Born on July 19, 1921, Harold Egbert Camping is a Christian Radio Broadcaster who first prophesied that the world will end on May 21, 2011 (today).
Camping used Bible numerology to predict dates for the Judgment Day. His current end times prediction is that the Rapture will be happen May 21, 2011 and that God will then completely destroy the whole universe on October 21, 2011.
So How Did Camping Come Up with That Date Exactly?
Quoting Wikipedia --
Camping calculates date of the crucifixion of Christ as Friday April 1, AD 33. Not all commentators agree with that date. Hoehner argues for April 3, 33 A.D. Other students of the subject have placed the event in AD 29, 30, or 31.
Camping further calculates that the Rapture is 722,500 days after the crucifixion of Christ. From April 1 to May 21 is 51 days. Additionally, multiplying using the same math Camping uses returns an approximation of the remaining days. Using his date of April 1, AD 33, a total of 1978 years multiplied by 365.2425 days/year (Gregorian calendar) results in 722,449.66 days. Multiplying by 365.2422 (tropical year, seven significant digits) results in 722,449.07 days. Multiplying by 365.24219 (tropical year, eight significant digits) results in 722,449.05 days. If one accounts for leap seconds, each year is slightly longer than the previous. Since 1972 to 2011, the earth rotates 24 seconds slower. This is a difference of 0.000278 day over 39 years, for an average of only 0.000007 day per year.
Headache. Not good in Math here.
Now, he may look like a short-haired Gandalf but I'm not buying Camping's calculations. Because --
1. He's already incorrectly predicted Rapture in the past. More then ten years ago, he said that the End will happen in September 1994, which obviously never occured.
2. I know for sure that ONLY God knows when the End will be.