May 21: An End of the World FAQ
Wait, when is the world ending?
Saturday (May 21) according to one Harold Camping.
Who is Harold Camping?
Camping is an 89-year-old radio evangelist who the Washington Post labels a "fringe" figure in the evangelical movement. He's a retired civil engineer and former Sunday school teacher who is now worth millions of dollars and owns a vast Christian radio network that stretches as far as Nigeria.
Is this the first time Harold Camping has predicted the Rapture?
Good question! Nope. In fact, Camping predicted the world would end in Sept. 1994. When the world didn't come to a screeching, fiery halt, Camping retracted his prediction saying he'd miscalculated.
What exactly should we expect for this whole end of the world thing?
Camping and his adherents believe that at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday a massive earthquake originating in Fiji will make its way around the Earth. Graves will open (yuck) and two hundred million 'saved' individuals will float up to heaven. The rest of us will be doomed to live on earth for five hellish months before God finally annihilates the Earth.
Are you sure?
No, because we just found this Seattle Post-Intelligencer blog post in which Camping is quoted as saying Armageddon will actually begin at 6 p.m. at the International Dateline (Between Pago Pago, American Samoa and Nuku'alofa, Tonga), which speeds up the timeline -- meaning 2 a.m. ET and 11 p.m. PT on May 20.
What does Harold Camping suggest we do to prepare?
Not a dang thing. The man himself plans to watch the destruction unfold on TV. "Everyone will be weeping and wailing because they'll know in a few hours it'll come to their city," Camping tells the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
What happens if Camping is wrong?
We all settle in and watch Justin Timberlake and Gaga on 'SNL.'